Writing Better Bids

This three-part programme is designed to help you better understand the bid writing process, write more effective applications and improve your success rates.

This package is very interactive and covers the full end-to-end application process. You’ll take on different roles throughout the three modules - bid writer, assessor and reviewer - giving you valuable insights into each stage, which will enable you to produce stronger, more effective funding applications.

The package consists of three modules, delivered over two weeks:

Module 1: Webinar, ‘Writing Better Funding Bids’ (1 hour)

This first module outlines the key issues for funders, discusses some key questions in funding applications and considers some common reasons why applications are rejected.

Module 2: Application assessments (approximately 1 hour)

Following the first webinar you’ll get the chance to consider funding applications from the view of an assessor. We'll send you everything you need to assess and score a small collection of fictional funding applications, deciding which are good enough to win funding and which aren’t.

Module 3: Webinar, ‘Funding Applications Review’ (1 hour)

In this final module you’ll share and discuss the results of your application assessments from module 3. Which of the centres scored highly and which didn’t do so well? How do your results compare with everyone else? Why did you score them the way you did? All the modules should be completed in order to maximise the effectiveness of the programme. You can complete the online learning and application assessments at your own pace, at any time between the two webinars.

Upon completing the programme you’ll have the skills to write and critically assess your own funding applications - making them more effective and increasing your chances of success.

Start dates for training

The programme starts on Tuesday 5th June, with the two webinars taking place on 5 June and 19 June from 2pm-3pm.

Register here for the first webinar, Writing Better Bids on Tuesday 5 June, 2-3pm
Register here for the second webinar, Funding Applications Review, Tuesday 19 June, 2-3pm

Critical Friend Service

Centres who are not already in receipt of funding by us can also take advantage of this new, free of charge service.

How it works

Following completion of the Writing Better Bids training, you can submit one draft bid application to the course tutor, for a 'critical review'.

The draft should be emailed then, following feedback, you may submit the draft bid one more time for a second read through and feedback.

The bids can be for any project and not just for digital skills.

If you don't have any current bids you're working on, you can use this as an opportunity to review previous bid applications.

We will ask you to let us know the outcome of the bid application.

This offer is subject to eligibility. If you've completed the Writing Better Bids training and would like to find out more, please email training@goodthingsfoundation.org.