Bid Writing Workshop

A practical bid writing session – bring your own for help from an expert!


This course is designed for people who have bid writing experience and those who are new to it and want to practice their technique under the guidance of the trainer. The workshop recaps some key points, delivers further information on fund raising and culminates in a practical session whereby participants can work on a real bid they are developing, or work on a simulated bid.

We’ll cover:

  • Analysis of funding conversion rates (why bids succeed/fail)
  • Funder drivers i.e. identifying funder priorities
  • Constructing an effective bid/‘framing’ : analysis and development of the key sections and headers which make for effective funding bids
  • Target setting – outcomes, outputs and planning ahead
  • Innovative budgeting
  • Writing tips

Benefits to you

By the end of the workshop, you will be familiar with the key principles in bid writing and be able to think creatively about ‘framing’ your bids. You will know how to write concise and unambiguous answers to questions in application forms and have explored techniques which improve your bid writing skills in order to compete successfully in the funding ‘market’.
This is a very practical session and as such, it would be advantageous for participants to bring an application which always enables the learning to be transferred to a real bid.

Read what the delegates said about the last ‘Bid Writing’ course:
“The course will make a difference in improving our capacity to make successful applications” Millrace Furniture Restoration Co-operative
“Mark was a fantastic course leader and provided an engaging & interesting course – very much what I needed to help me!” Parc-Essex
“Renewed my energy to start fundraising again” AARCA
“Fantastic, informative training. Very professional trainer with a wealth of knowledge” Colchester Nightshelter

Need to train an entire team? All of our courses can be tailored to meet your needs and delivered in a way to suit you. Ask us for a quote.

Course Location

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Winsley's House, High Street,

Location Notes

Central Colchester. Nearest car park is Greyfriars Car Park off Castle Road & Roman Road which is a privately run car park. For other car parks and public transport see this page. Cheapest all day car park for delegates arriving before 9am is NCP in Osbourne Street.

20 February 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm



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