Creating Winning Proposals

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Gain an understanding on how to create successful proposals. This course focuses on sources of funding, types of proposals, and how to write the most effective proposals.




About the Course

This course will help you develop the skills necessary to create successful proposals by focusing on sources of funding, types of proposals, and how to write proposals that will meet the stated requirements. You will also learn about the all-important element of relationships and how to build and maintain them in a funding relationship.

Course Schedule

This course is self-paced allowing you flexibility in the time needed to complete the course. You decide the order and progression you’d like to take, allowing you to revisit and review sections in greater depth as needed.

This course has the following:

  • Self-Paced Lessons
  • Interactive Practice Activities
  • Supplemental reference material
  • Personal Action Plan
  • Final Assessment
  • Additional Resources

Following the course, you will complete an assessment which requires you to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment you will be awarded an electronic certificate of completion.

Course Chapters

  • Overview
  • Sources of Funding
  • Types of Proposals
  • Proposals as a Relationship Builder
  • Request for Proposals or Quotes
  • Ten Steps of Proposal Writing
  • Introducing Yourself and the Project
  • The Tools to Get it Done
  • Showing Your Stuff
  • Wrapping it Up
  • Take it Further
  • Conclusion

Course Objectives

After completing this course, learners should be able to:

  • Locate potential funders for your organizations on the Internet and use evaluative skills to identify the appropriateness of funding related to your own organization.
  • Explain the necessity of matching funders interests with organizational needs and use this knowledge in decisions about the validity of submitting a funding proposal.
  • Describe the basic elements of proposal writing for not-for-profit organizations.
  • Describe and understand the basic process for successful proposal writing.
  • Analyze effective relationship-building strategies to engage with funders and use this knowledge in writing a funding proposal.
  • Describe at least five reasons why funding proposals can be rejected.
  • Plan, write, and submit a proposal in response to funders guidelines.

Recommended Background

This course would be beneficial to anyone that wants to learn how to write effective, comprehensive proposals.


Aside from an internet connection, what resources will I need for the course?

No additional resources are required for this course.

Will I get a certificate after completing the course?

Yes! All courses include a final assessment to evaluate your understanding of key course concepts. A certificate of completion will be offered to you if you complete the assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

Why should I take this course?

Each Eppley e-course is designed collaboratively among experienced instructional designers, subject matter experts, and our partner organizations and institutions. The course curriculum includes current information and best practices in the field, and it is recognized by national leaders in parks, recreation, and land management. Not only will this course benefit your career by expanding your knowledge base, but it will also enhance your application and problem-solving skills.

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