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. Delivered in-house for your organisation.

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


  • What a programme could cover:
  • 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
  • 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