What needs to be looked at while applying for Grants

   Applying for Grants:  What needs to be looked at while applying for Grants – Some donor agencies may have a specific time period for applying for funds and others may have flexible time period.  Here are some of the steps as to how to approach a donor agency for the first time. Step-I.  – … Read more

Budget -3

V.Other things that need to look at while preparing a budget Once you have done the draft budget preparation, please also look at the following: · Check the formulas (if you are using a computer)· Check the number of units and the months etc.· Look at the previous years financial reports and see whether it … Read more

Budget -2

II. Staff : The other most important thing that we need to look at is the staff requirement for successful implementation of the project. We need to look at: a) How many programme staff required with specialization b) How many finance, admin staff are required c) How many members from the existing team give a … Read more

Budget – How to Prepare

Budget: Budget is a financial plan. All of us know what is budget as we do make our financial plans in our personal life also. Planning is an important part of budget and unless it is done in a systematic and planned way, the project may end up with shortage of funds or under-utilisation of … Read more

Capacity Building

Very often we hear about capacity building in an organisation, institutes, factories and many other work places. Now a days we see every organisation gives priority to capacity building. What is capacity building, and why is it necessary and for whom this is necessary. We also talk about accountability – accountability to whom and the … Read more


Grants are non-repayable funds disbursed by one party (grant makers), often a government department, corporation, foundation or trust, to a recipient, often (but not always) a nonprofit entity, educational institution, business or an individual. In order to receive a grant, some form of “Grant Writing” often referred to as either a proposal or an application … Read more

Funds or Funding

Funds or Funding As per Wikipedia Funding is the act of providing resources, usually in form of money (financing), or other values such as effort or time (sweat equity), for a project, a person, a business, or any other private or public institutions. The process of soliciting and gathering fund is known as fundraising. Sources … Read more

Concept Note 5

Important note: Explain how you will measure the above. Impacts that can be quantified are the most impressive, and are more likely to sell your project to the donor. Step 6. Project Management (How will you achieve the objectives? How will the project be managed and evaluated?)The best objectives in the world can only achieve … Read more

Concept Note 4

Concept Note continue….. It is worth spending time with colleagues, partners, and friends brainstorming all the possible outputs, as well as those directly related to the objectives.Key outputs that are achieved during the life of the project may be useful milestones that you can refer to when writing the full proposal. Step 5. Beneficiaries and … Read more

Concept Note 3

When formulating objectives, keep in mind that objectives should be SMART!! S Specific M Measurable A Achievable R Realistic T TimeboundEach objective should specify the QUANTITY of achievements (e.g., numbers of beneficiaries, area covered by project), and the QUALITY (e.g., poor farmers, marginal lands, drought-tolerant varieties). Objectives should also include an indication of TIME when … Read more