Foundations of Proposal Writing

Foundations of Proposal Writing

May 3 – 26, 2022,  Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 – noon with Royal Roads University
(delivered online via Moodle Platform and Zoom)  
Please see the bottom of this page for a course overview.
Registration is now closed! Thank you for your interest.

 

Where inspiration meets reality – bring your project/program ideas to life!  
Project administrators and program leaders perform a critical role to ongoing program and organizational success by conducting ongoing research to identify and track potential funding opportunities, maintain positive stakeholder relationships and develop the skills and competencies to write, and contribute to, competitive and successful proposals.  Proposal writing is one of the key activities used by many community organizations to bring their “ideas to life” to secure funding and resources to deliver on their mandate and mission.  
This course provides a practical introduction to the elements of proposal writing. Teams will work together on a proposal that takes a project/program idea from inception to completion.  Activities include writing a concise project/program description, identification of potential funding sources and the completion of a proposal that is ready to present to a range of audiences and decision-makers. 

Topics Covered  

  • Types of proposals 
  • Prospect identification  
  • Letters of Inquiry/Intent               
  • Theory of change and evidence of need 
  • Logic model, budget and timelines        
  • Project/program outcomes and evaluation 
  • Supporting documents and best practices       
Learning Goals 
  • Be able to differentiate between types of proposals and sources of funding 
  • Analyze funder criteria and guidelines to identify proposal opportunities and assess organizational readiness, alignment and eligibility 
  • Design, write and present competitive and appropriate proposal responses (written and oral) including key elements and components: statement of need/ rationale, implementation strategies, outcomes, personnel, evaluation, budget, grant evaluation, storytelling and reporting timeframes and deadlines 
  • Review and assess proposals according to specific criteria 
  • Construct a Logic Model, Theory of Change and implement tools, templates for effective presentation 
  • Integration of best practices 
 Learner Effort  
  • Weekly online attendance for live sessions  
  • Readings and review of reference materials 
  • Team  breakout activities   
  • Completed Grant Submission (group Project) 
This course requires a commitment of 6 hours a week for the 4 weeks.
3hrs – Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 – 12:00am, May 3 – 26, 2022.
Prior to the course start date you will receive an email with information on how to access the online course. At that time you will receive instructions on the pre-work that needs to be completed prior to the course’s first classroom session.  
New to online learning? We encourage you to visit the short orientation video included in the course to familiarize yourself with our online learning platform. You will find the computer requirements for this course through this link: computerservices.royalroads.ca/computer_equip_requirements 
The next course: Project Management Essentials  In June, will draw upon this course. It is not required to take this course before that one, but the course will be much richer if you are able to attend both.