Putting together an EC project proposal

This course is most suitable for people responsible for fundraising from the European Commission and proposal writing for the European Commission.

This course is indispensable for those working in organisations that intend to apply for funding from the European Commission (EC). It will show you how to match your proposal to the EC's specific requirements, how the appraisal process works and how to maximise your chance of success.

This course will teach you how to write a concept note that fits with EC objectives and what to include in a full proposal.

What you will learn

  • What is special about EC proposal writing
  • The key stages in preparing a two-stage EC application
  • How to use the logical framework approach in your application
  • What to include in a full proposal
  • The essentials of an EC budget


Day 1

  • Introductions, expectations and course overview
  • Update on EC funding
  • Calls for proposals, PADOR, eligibility rules and EC formats
  • Partnership issues
  • Writing concept notes
  • Establishing relevance to EC objectives, target groups and need
  • Appraising a concept note
  • Checking for impact, added value, and relevance
  • Appraising a concept note
  • Checking for fit with the logical framework
  • Inputs, outputs, outcomes and results

Day 2

  • Full proposals
  • Using indicators of change to show project impact
  • Management, monitoring and evaluation
  • Appraising a full proposal for coherence
  • Assumptions, risks and sustainability
  • EC budgets
  • Unit costs, VAT, eligible costs and effective cost allocation
  • EC budgets
  • Match funding
  • Justifying costs
  • Overview and evaluation

Course prices

Band 1


Band 2

Bond members >£2M annual spend

Band 3

Bond members <£2M annual spend

* 10% off if you book 8 weeks in advance; 5% off 3 or more bookings.

Contact us for special discounts if you're a student or unemployed.


off if you book early*


off multiple bookings*


Bond Associate Fabienne Poulet

Fabienne has been a fundraiser for over nineteen years, and is a partner in the fundraising consultancy Midas Charity Appeals. Her main area of expertise is large grant fundraising from the UK government, BIG, Comic Relief, and the EC.