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Proposal Writing

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the sections of a typical proposal and what should be contained within each section.
  • Explain why understanding and responding to a potential grantor's interests and guidelines wil lead to greater success.
  • State the six characteristics of a well-written proposal.
  • Demonstrate how to write memorable objectives.
  • Create a project budget.
  • Produce a project evaluation plan.

Download full Course Curriculum in Adobe PDF format.

Downloadable Resources

21 downloadable resources in this course

Free sample resource (PDF): Components of a proposal

Course Level/Prerequisites/Certification Credits

Introductory level.

Recommended prerequisite: How Fundraising Works

Recommended companion course: Grantseeking

Take the optional final quiz. If you pass with 70% or more, you can download a Certificate of Completion.

Participation in the course is applicable for 2 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

This training may be used to meet the requirements for renewing the Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA) credential. One Professional Development Unit (PDU) is awarded for each 50-60 minute session or contact hour in topics related to volunteer resources management. For more details about the CVA program and renewal requirements, visit or email

Continuing education certification-eligible through the Professional Administrators of Volunteer Resources - Ontario (PAVR-O).


This course is on-demand, meaning that you can take it anytime, at your own pace.

The course takes approximately 2 hours to complete from start to finish, but you have access for 3 months. Take it all at once. Take it in 15-minute bites. Take breaks between each module. Come back in a month for a refresher. It's entirely flexible and up to you!


$89 per user; 3 month access

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User Feedback

I have taken 3 courses offered by CharityVillage – Event Planning, Grantseeking, and Proposal Writing. In each course I found the content to be specific, and well-organized providing me with a solid, practical foundation in this subject matter. Having completed both, I would strongly recommend they be taken together. The courses really come to life with great audio and visuals, plus quizzes along the way ensured I was absorbing the content. Navigation was easy and well explained and the objectives were stated clearly and tied to outcomes at the course’s completion. Thanks, CharityVillage, for putting together a timely and topical resource that’s accessible according to my schedule, and cost-effective for my employer!

-- Kathy Hurst, Final Word Communications

I decided to take the CharityVillage Proposal Writing course for two primary reasons: I have limited experience in this area, and I recognize that these skills are becoming increasingly important in the work I do. The Proposal Writing course was helpful in that it provided a solid foundation of tangible skills that I could adapt to fit the needs of my organization. Prior to taking the course, the idea of writing a grant seemed overwhelming; I didn't know where to begin. This course's organized presentation of information allowed me to easily plan for several grant proposals. Since completion of the course, I have applied for three grants and have been awarded funding from all of them.

-- Manon Beaudrie, Institute for Aboriginal Health, University of British Columbia