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Bidding for Funding – Training Course Outline
One of the biggest challenges you face when bidding for funding is convincing the funder or commissioner that not only do you meet, or exceed, their objectives but that you are best placed to do so efficiently and effectively.
Charities, academic institutions, hospitals and other not-for-profit organisations have to cope with a long and often tortuous process of PQQs and ITTs to secure the grants that enable them to do their job. The pressure of working on long bids to tight deadlines, with so much at stake, is enormous.
Our Bidding for Funding course shows you step-by-step how to write winning bids by making the process easier and more efficient. You will learn insider tips from bid writers experienced in helping organisations like yours write successful bids.
What you will learn on this bid writing course
By the end of the course, you will know how to:
- Create a framework for success
- Use the eight principles of good writing to improve your writing style
- Use techniques to make your writing persuasive
- Use techniques to plan and design the structure of your bid
- Collect, evaluate and manage the information gathering process
- Create an Executive Summary that contains your key messages and captures the reader’s interest
- Handle prescriptive bids and create the best structure for free format bids
- Make the best use of illustrations
- Use a checklist to review the quality or your response and edit and proof read your own and others’ work
- Get the best out of writing tools and templates
What our customers say
We have worked with a large number of organisations to help them improve their bid writing and this is what they say about our course:
“I can’t wait to get writing, an excellent course, thank you.”
“An extremely engaging and positive course.”
“The content was excellent, as were the materials provided.”
“Enjoyed the course very much and teacher very good.”
“Elevator pitch exercise was very good fun and extremely useful.”
“Alison was very clear and friendly, making us all comfortable.”
“Instructor gave relevant examples and answered questions throughout.”
“A clear, fun, informative and thought-provoking look at the bidding process.”
“This course should have been available sooner – we may have been more successful.”
“Lots of stuff to go away and reflect upon. Lots and lots of good tips. Sure we can improve our bid writing as a result.”
“Excellent. Changed my perspective.”
“Allowed flexibility with discussion and questions as they arose.”
How we deliver the Bidding for Funding course
It is available as a one or two-day tutor-led Virtual Classroom.
- A two-day training session. You will cover all the course contents in the two-day version. In addition you will have the opportunity to do more exercises and have more time working on documents you bring to the session, with the trainer's help.
- A one-day course. We cover the modules you choose as most relevant to your organisation's requirements, and are happy to discuss with you the specific content so you can make an informed choice.
Some exercises will be based on a sample bid submitted by you.
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1. A framework for success
- The BASDELL business writing model – a formula that covers the main elements to consider when writing bids.
2. Easy ways to improve your writing style
- Common pitfalls in bid writing
- The eight principles of clear writing
- Making your writing persuasive
3. Analysing your bid and your readers
- Understanding the ITT
- What type of bid is it? Are there a lot of prescriptive questions? Can you choose the structure and layout?
- Understanding outcomes, outputs and activities
- Analysing your audience and why it is important to your writing style
- What will persuade the audience to fund you rather than other bidders?
4. Designing your structure
- The benefits of structuring before you start writing
- Three techniques to sequence and structure your material
- How you should construct a compliance matrix and why it can help you
- Structure ideas for your funding bid
- Presenting adequate information to support your ideas
- Handling pre-defined questions (prescriptive bids) and non-compliance
- Why you don’t always have to follow the structure of the RFP or ITT
5. Developing your solution and strategy
- What are we trying to achieve?
- The four categories of content for a winning bid and how to use them to your best advantage
- How to set your objectives to make sure that you stay on track and keep to the brief
- The importance of using a visual theme to develop your strategy
- Quick and clear messages – what are the critical messages you want to give the customer?
- Planning the writing task – process, roles and tools
When you book we send you a questionnaire which we ask you to return to us before you attend the course. This enables our Trainers to assess your needs in advance.
6. Gathering your information
- Finding sources for your data – surveys, evaluation data and case studies
- Managing the process
- Collecting and evaluating information
- Customising standard or boilerplate text – making it meaningful to the customer
- Customising graphics or turning text into graphics
7. Creating an Executive Summary
- When do you write an Executive Summary and what should it include?
- What structure should you use for an Executive Summary?
- What to include and what to leave out
- Capturing the reader’s interest in the first paragraph
8. Writing your first draft
- How to bring together objective, audience, structure and information
- The importance of the right mindset – how to avoid getting sidetracked
- The four big steps – prepare, draft, relax, polish
- How to write powerful, attention grabbing headings
- How to make your text more readable
- Ensuring you achieve maximum impact
- English – the universal language? Some pointers on making your text suitable for international audiences
- Answering pre-defined questions (prescriptive bids)
9. Using illustrations
- Why do we use illustrations?
- When to use illustrations and how to ensure they are relevant
- The importance of getting it right
- Things to check when including illustrations
10. Editing and proof reading your bid
- The importance of editing your own work before passing it on for review. A top-down approach to improving your text
- Things to check when editing your draft
- Removing commonly confused words, ‘poppycock’, poor punctuation and bad grammar
- Some common punctuation errors and how to avoid them
- Why proof reading is critical. Top tips on how to do it and what to look out for
11. Exploiting the tools
- Using Word™ tools such as spelling and grammar checkers
- Metadata – what it is and how to hide it
- Handling version control
- Using templates to create a consistent layout
- Style guides that are available on the Internet