Master the art of crafting winning bids

Our expert team will work with you to focus on your organisation’s funding objectives and develop best practice for writing bids. This course is ideally suited to staff responsible for writing funding applications in their day-to-day roles.

On this course, you will learn practical bid writing techniques for producing focused proposals and how to increase your success rates and win new resources. We’ll look at practical examples, using bids you are currently working on or have submitted in the past as a basis for developing new techniques and skills.

Our CPD-accredited learning outcomes: 

 Identify funder motivations
Write funder benefit statements
Construct an effective proposal structure
Know where to identify policy drivers
Learn new techniques to improve writing style



Our customers say:

"This course is one of the best courses I have been on. The trainer was excellent and managed the different needs of the group well. She added some excellent top tips and was easy to understand and follow so I made a lot of notes in addition to the already excellent course materials."

Jenny Hanwell, Lead Adviser, Outdoor Learning

"The course has helped me consider things not only for bid writing but also how to approach projects. The speaker was really engaging."

Emily-Rae Maxwell, Dacorum Borough Council

"I was worried I wouldn't gain that much as I've done lots of bids. Couldn't be more wrong... learned loads, not just about funding bids but also general proposals. I loved the course leader, she was great. A brilliant trainer!"

Dave Lane, Senior Community Services Officer, Kettering Borough Council


What will the day look like?
Download an example agenda for our bid writing course. 


Outline content of the workshop
Participants' introductions and expectations
Key principles of successful bid writing
Effective communication – writing styles & presentation guidance


Coffee Break



Understanding funder motivations & meeting their objectives
Making a difference – demonstrating funder & beneficiary outcomes
Why applications fail – to bid or not to bid?





Presenting your case – preparing a winning proposal structure based on evidence of need & demand, effective management & planning
Making a successful application – key questions: outcomes & impacts; monitoring & evaluation; track record & sustainability


Tea Break


Costing your project
Improving your success rate – proposal review
Bid assessment criteria; timelines & checklist
Reviewing the outcome – improving performance
Workshop expectations – review and next steps


Evaluation & Finish


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