Here is a full sample proposal for an example of an NGO working in Nepal.
Project Title: Water System reconstruction to increase agricultural and livestock activities and improve the quality of life of the community of XYZ District, Nepal
Project Location: Nepal
This sample proposal follows the application form provided by the foundation. Part A is an introduction section and Part B is the details of the project.
In Part A, the organization’s contact details are easily visible, making it easy for donors to find what they are looking for. Use of plain language makes it easier to understand. In A-16, the organizational history or NGO profile has been listed in nine points, which could be argued as too long. The writer has used this section to show their credibility. It helps to convince the donor that you are capable of doing what your proposal says you will do. In general, the organizational profile should be as short as possible.
In Part B, the project title summarizes the project perfectly. The grant writer does an excellent job of providing a background of the country and the community they want to concentrate on and why. The use of data involves positive emotional connections. Once you establish that emotional connection and create some common ground, it’s easier to be persuasive. The focus of the proposal is on the project and why their project is important. The proposal idea is very clear. The work plan is clearly mentioned in a Gantt chart. This chart also makes easy to understand cross-cutting themes which may be of interest to the donor. Mentioning your partnership with the Government is always a good strategy. It shows that you have built strong relationships with local and state level actors while doing it — meaning that your project is more likely to stick around.
The budget looks simple and transparent. It includes the activities described in the proposal narrative. It is always good to list out amounts in the grant currency and in local currency where your project is happening. A suggestion would be to explain the exchange rate and the formula used. Here the organization also lists the available funds and other sources of funding, which again shows the sustainability of the organization. Sharing financial statement shows the transparency ethics of the organization.