How can Short Concept Notes attract Large Funding
“Everyone working in a non-profit is familiar with the term Concept Note. Many donor agencies invite concept notes before inviting detailed proposals from the applicant organizations. International organizations like USAID, European Union, and many foundations put up ‘Calls for Concept Notes’ on their websites before inviting full proposals. These days, even the corporate foundations and their social responsibility arms (CSR) follow suit.
What format should one follow for a concept note? Is a concept note a summary of a proposal? What all topics should one include to make sure the concept note submission gets converted into a grant proposal opportunity? What can make a concept note stand out? We will discuss all these questions in detail in this book.”
A typical concept note has the following outline:
2. Project or Program Summary
3. Organization Profile
4. Background or Problem Statement
5. Beneficiary and geographical information and insights
6. Program Goals and Objectives
7. Program Strategies and Activities
8. Expected outputs, outcomes and impact
9. Monitoring and Evaluation Plan
10. Budget and financial information (only if required by the donor organization)
11. Other relevant information to make your concept note stand out.
Review by Wilde Ganzen
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It is a very useful and concise guide to a Concept Note. This is not only important as such, but certainly also to help in the initial thinking about a project, discussing it with others and finally deciding to put forward a project. Many questions that ask for a good answer!
Author: Saumya Arora
Publisher/source/organization: fundsforNGOs LLC
Place and year of issue: New York NY 2019