Your application documents (narrative proposal, budget, Theory of Change, Logframe etc.) are an important step in your fundraising cycle. Often, they are the first (and many times only!) impression that the donor gets of your project or program and your organisation in general. It is therefore important that you really get this right.
What is a proposal review?
A proposal review is a process in which we look at your application set and comment on the various sections on how you can improve them as to make them “donor-fit”.
Which sections are you normally looking at?
We look at all sections of your proposal. This usually includes in a standard application: description of application and partners, problem statement, background, impact, outcome and outputs (or objectives and results), activities, sustainability, gender, environment, Value for Money, risk management, etc.
Will you also directly edit the proposal?
No, we will not directly edit the proposal. You will get comments in the Word document which you can then look at within your team and change accordingly. If you want us to edit the proposal directly, you are most welcome to book one of our proposal writers here.
Which criteria are you applying in your review?
We screen and check your proposal according to our long-standing experience on what makes a proposal successful. This includes but is not limited to: Does the proposal make sense? Is it in alignment with the country/donor/sector policies and programs? Are the needs addressed adequately? Does the proposed solution solve the problem? Does the proposal satisfy the requirements of the solicitation? Is impact measurement sufficiently addressed? Does the work plan make sense? Is the proposed staffing and expertise persuasive? Does the budget match the work plan?)
Do you also check the specific donor and/or application guidelines?
Yes, we do. We will first study the donor profile (i.e. its giving preference, thematic interest or geographical reach) and also the specific application guidelines (i.e. sector priorities, funding volumes, application templates). Then we will give you feedback on how your proposal fits with all the criteria.
Which documents will you review?
We will review all the documents that are planning to submit. This can include: narrative, budget (plus budget notes), Logframe, Theory of Change, reference projects, annexes, etc.
Is there a limit to the pages of the proposal?
No, there is no limit. We will review proposals or concept notes of any length.
How long does the review normally take?
This depends on our workload but we try to work on a review within 3-5 working days.
Can you guarantee that you treat our documents confidential?
Yes, of course. We treat all your documents with 100% confidentiality, do not pass them on to any 3rd party and will never copy-paste proposal passages. If you wish, we are happy to sign a confidentiality agreement.
Any more questions?
We are happy to answer all your additional questions via email to office(a)triple-minds.com or you can schedule a Skype call with us here.