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This might be our most popular question, and we have many resources to help you learn how to write a proposal for your nonprofit:
Start with our free introductory classes, Introduction to Proposal Writing, available as a live/recorded webinar, in-person class, or self-paced eLearning course. In all formats, you'll learn about a proposal's components -- executive summary, statement of need, project description, and budget -- and other things you'll need to consider when preparing and submitting proposals. Budgets are an essential part of any proposal, so we recommend you also start with Introduction to Project Budgets.
Check out Candid's eBook collection from anywhere in the world. It's easy to sign up, and we have a selection of books specifically on proposal writing.
Explore our Proposal Writing topic page, which spotlights upcoming training, articles, videos, podcasts, live chats, and books that we've published on this topic.
See also "Document Checklist for Grant Proposals", a 3-part blog post series that covers the many types of documents often needed during this process.
Remember: Proposal writing is just one step in the grantseeking process. You should spend far more time developing the program or project and researching and cultivating donors than on preparing the actual proposal.
"The proposal does not stand alone," writes Jane Geever, author of The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing. "It must be part of a process of planning and of research on, outreach to, and cultivation of potential foundation and corporate donors."
Usually donors and applicants don't share proposals. However, our Sample Documents section is a searchable collection of actual proposals, cover letters, letters of inquiry, and proposal budgets that were actually funded. Each proposal includes a critique by the decision-maker who awarded the grant.
You also might check if anyone in your professional networks would be willing to share sample proposals.
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