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DFID proposal writing: preparing a high-scoring DFID application

27 June

This practical course equips you with the essential skills and knowledge to write a strong funding proposal that fully meets DFID’s priorities and requirements. Learn how to address key DFID themes such as leave no-one behind and value for money and work towards creating an impactful proposal with the best chance of success. You will also discover what is required at the full proposal and grant agreement stages.

Take this course together with DFID essentials or DFID grant managementfor a thorough preparation in DFID funding. 

Who is it for?

Essential if you’re intending to apply for a DFID grant. Suitable for anyone involved in writing a concept note or full proposal for a DFID grant either from central or in-country funds.

What you will learn

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Respond effectively to the key sections of DFID application forms
  • Use project planning tools to design and present your project effectively for a strong application
  • Write convincingly about how your project addresses cross-cutting themes such as gender and leave no-one behind
  • Effectively address DFID’s requirements including MEL, value for money and beneficiary feedback
  • Identify additional information required for a full proposal and learn what to expect in the grant agreement phase


The DFID application form

  • Compare application forms across funds and identify key requirements

Using project planning tools to prepare your application

  • Problem tree
  • Theory of change
  • Logical framework
  • Budget

Building cross-cutting themes into your application

  • Gender
  • Leave no one behind
  • Value for money
  • MEL
  • Beneficiary feedback

Full proposals and grant agreements

  • What to expect at the next stage

Proposal review service

We also offer an added service where one of our experts can review your concept note or full proposal and provide comprehensive feedback. You do not need to have attended the training course to use this service.