Writing successful bids

Delivery Method: Face-to-face

By the end of the day you will:

  • be able to identify how the income from grants or contracts fits into your wider funding strategy
  • know how to prepare effectively for writing a proposal so you are able to respond to opportunities quickly and efficiently
  • be confident deciding whether or not to bid
  • be aware of how to write in an appropriate and effective style
  • understand what makes a successful application or tender
  • know what it is like being an assessor and scoring a bid.

Who should attend?

This course is for those responsible for their organisation’s business development function, including those who currently write bids and those who are considering doing so and would like to find out more.


“Excellent delivery with some good tips on how to improve my funding applications” Course participant, Tom’s Trust

"I must admit that the topic 'bid writing', while wholly relevant to fundraising, did not fill me with inspiration. However, your presentation, style, effort and experience was captivating. You clearly speak from a vast amount of experience and made the topic come to life through the practical task. I left bubbling with ideas and an renewed drive to get cracking on some things I'd let slide onto the back burner." Course participant

“The course helped me feel more confident in my role. There were useful facts and learning that I can implement when I get back to the office” Course participant, Parkinson’s UK

“The course provided me with many useful pointers, ideas and information, showing an extensive understanding that was reinforced through working examples. I feel much more prepared in the application process” Course participant, Voluntary Centre Sutton

Who runs it?

Leah Selinger is a consultant at NCVO. Leah has been director of fundraising for national charities, including Fairbridge and National Youth Music as well as fundraising for smaller ones.

This course sits as part of NCVO’s work to promote sustainable funding in the voluntary and community sector. Sustainable funding advocates a strategic and balanced approach to income, looking across the spectrum of opportunities (donations, grants, contracts and trading) as part of a strong, well-integrated and effective organisation.


Our pricing structure is based on your organisation’s gross annual income. We also offer discounts for NCVO members (30%).

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