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Learn About Proposal Writing

We publish books and offer training courses, both online and in the classroom at various levels, to help you learn to write grant proposals that are more likely to succeed.

Full-Day Classroom Training Courses

Proposal Writing Workshop
This updated course combines group exercises, case studies, a mock-proposal review panel, and an opportunity to test out an "ask." You'll learn best practices for writing effective proposals, what grantmakers consider "red flags", and how to cultivate potential institutional funders. $295.00

Proposal Writing Boot Camp
This three-day intensive series provides essential training on the skills that grantseekers need to become effective proposal writers: crafting a compelling proposal package, developing a well-organized budget, and researching a targeted list of foundation funding prospects. $595.00

Basic Classroom Training Courses


Proposal Writing Basics
Provides instruction on the key components of a proposal to a foundation or corporation and answers questions that first-timers often have about the process of applying for a grant.

Proposal Writing Basics in Spanish: Principios de la escritura de propuestas
Aprenda cuales son los componentes clave de una propuesta. Aprenda el proceso de escritura y envío de propuestas a fundaciones y corporaciones.

Proposal Budgeting Basics
Teaches the essentials of budget preparation as part of a basic grant proposal, including compiling both financial elements and the budget narrative.

How to Approach a Foundation
How to initiate contact with potential funders, planning calls and meetings, and building partnerships with donors.

Online Training Courses

Proposal Writing: The Comprehensive Course
A thorough, step-by-step guide to preparing an effective proposal for foundation support, covering every section of the proposal. Includes a copy of The Foundation Center’s Guide to Winning Proposals, a $39.95 value.

Online Guides and Tutorials


Proposal Writing Short Course
(Available in English, French, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish)
Describes how to prepare of the various components of a funding proposal, and includes planning, research, and cultivation of potential foundation and corporate donors.

Proposal Budgeting Basics
(Available in English and Spanish)
The basics of developing a project budget, including overhead costs, employee fringe benefits, and links to sample budget templates.



Proposal Writing Basics
Provides instruction on the key components of a proposal to a foundation or corporation and answers questions that first-timers often have about the process of applying for a grant.

Principios de la escritura de propuestas
Ofrecemos una grabación del seminario virtual relacionado con este tema, Principios de la escritura de propuestas.

Books About Proposal Writing

The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing

Comprehensive instruction on the basic and finer points of proposal writing. Based on interviews with grantmakers, the Guide to Proposal Writing also provides insight into the decision-making process.

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- Download the Audiobook

Guía para escribir propuestas

A Spanish-
language edition of our popular Guide to Proposal Writing teaches both the basics and the finer points of writing a successful proposal.

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- Special Offer for California Residents

- Libro en audio

The Grantseeker's Guide to Winning Proposals

Features 35 funded grant proposals reprinted in their entirety. Examples cover a wide variety of projects, and each proposal includes remarks by the program officer who approved the grant.

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