Bid writing workshop

This training course will provide delegates with practical bid writing techniques, enabling them to produce focused proposals, increase their success rates and win new resources for their organisation.

Idox’s "Bid Writing Workshop" is ideal for staff from public and not-for-profit organisations who are expected to write funding applications as part of their job role. Delegates are encouraged to bring along funding applications they are working on, or bids that have previously been submitted by their organisation for use in the practical elements of the day.

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Inhouse courses

For organisations wishing to run a closed course at their own offices, costs are as follows:

  • Up to 6 attendees: £1,250 + VAT.*
  • Up to 10 attendees: £1,850 + VAT.*

The above prices exclude travel expenses (charged at 45p per mile from the Idox offices in Wilmslow, Cheshire), plus overnight expenses (where warranted by the distance involved).

Open courses

Training investment: 

Bid Writing Workshop £245 + VAT per person

Bid Writing Workshop & Bid Commentary £345 + VAT (When booked at the same time)

Bid Commentary £125 + VAT (if booked after attending a Bid Writing Workshop, £195 + VAT (when booked alone)

Workshops include lunch and light refreshments during the day and covers the costs of course material.

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“I thought I was pretty competent at bid writing from previous experience and as I currently and have in the past administered funding, however, the Idox Bid Writing Course turned my perception and understanding of bid writing upside-down in a really positive way. Sue guided delegates though key competencies in regards to bid writing and more importantly explained funders’ requirements from applicants as well as providing key tips on being succinct and specific when writing proposals without the waffle... An excellent course, taught in a friendly, easy to understand manner with associated resources that can be referred to again and again. I highly recommend it!”

Neil De Costa, Birmingham City Council

“Very informative trainer who gave great ideas to take away”
Charlie Trotman – London CRC

“Highly interesting and picked up some great tips”
Tony Curtis – Anglian Community Enterprise CIC

"Excellent course, covered some real good examples and provided a great framework with some key tips and processes to take back and work"

Tracy Duggan, People 1st

"The course has helped me consider things not only for bid writing but also how to approach projects. The speaker was really engaging"
Emily-Rae Maxwell, Dacorum Borough Council

"Sue had great experience and shared it freely"
Ron Pickford, the Hertfordshire Society for the Blind

"Exceptionally engaging, informative and practical. Ready to implement"
Rachael Hine, Berkhamsted School

"Very knowledgeable tutor, learnt a lot regarding bid writing but also transferrable skills for good communication and hand-outs"
Kim Norris, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

"I was worried I wouldn't gain that much as I've done lots of bids. Couldn't be more wrong... learned loads, not just about funding bids but also general proposals.  I loved the course leader, she was great.  A brilliant trainer!"
Dave Lane, Senior Community Services Officer, Kettering Borough Council

 "I honestly believe that had I not attended this workshop I would not have been successful with the bid.  I learnt a lot and have been able to implement the strategies given at the training to incorporate into the bids that I am now applying for.  The trainer's knowledge & expertise in bid writing was fantastic & the workshop notes were precise & clear. It is one of the very few courses that I have attended that I not only thoroughly enjoyed but learnt so much."

Sophie Hanson, Director of Finance, Premises & Administration, Uplands Community College

"This course is one of the best courses I have been on. The trainer was excellent and managed the different needs of the group well. She added some excellent top tips and was easy to understand and follow so I made a lot of notes in addition to the already excellent course materials."
Jenny Hanwell, Lead Adviser, Outdoor Learning

"It really was the best workshop I have attended in a long while and the trainer was fantastic - very informative." 
Natalie Laws, Club Development Co-ordinator, British Gymnastics

“The structured content was very informative and gives me more confidence to put in more complex bids” 
Jill Healy, Community Development Project Funding Officer, Neath Port Talbot CBC

"I found the ‘Get Grant Ready’ and Bid Writing courses absolutely brilliant. The training venue was excellent, and the materials just right. The size of the group was small enough for interaction and sufficiently diverse to be able to learn of experiences in various sectors of the economy.

I left the training session with practical tips and learnt enough to enable me put in a winning bid immediately after the training - £10,000 from The Big Lottery Fund towards the £23,000 cost of a new playground for the school. I was chuffed! Thank you to Idox and the excellent trainers." 
Liz Bart-Williams, School Business Manager, St Monica’s Catholic Primary School

“Very useful course, handouts were good and informative, very good presentation and activities. Excellent.” 
Judith Simmons, Bid Writer, Glendale Managed Services

“Excellent range of topics, insights and best practice. Lots of useful templates contained in the pack that I will use and refer to. Good practical examples and activities.” 
Matthew Brown, Bid Development Officer, Essex County Council

“Really useful and good handouts, easy to understand. Excellent.” 
Yvonne Clark, CEO, Carers in Bedfordshire

“Clear and to the point.” 
Asmerom Woldegebriel, Trustee, Eritrean Diaspora Community Network

“It was good to hear an assessor’s point of view – she made it appear such a less daunting and more straightforward experience for future applications” 
Stuart Hobbs, Climate Change Coordinator, Wolverhampton Homes

Typical Programme Outline

10.30 - Outline content of the workshop: 5 minutes

10.35 - Participants’ introductions and expectations: 10 minutes

10.45 - Key principles of successful bid writing: 15 minutes

11.00 - Effective communication – writing styles & presentation guidance: 45 minutes

11.45 - Coffee Break

11.50 - Understanding funder motivations & meeting their objectives: 25 mins

12.15 - Making a difference – demonstrating funder & beneficiary outcomes: 30 mins

Benefit statements: practical exercise

12.45 - Why applications fail - to bid or not to bid?: 15 minutes

13.00 - Lunch

13.30 - Presenting your case – preparing a winning proposal structure based on evidence of need & demand, effective management & planning: 45 minutes - Including group exercise

14.15 - Making a successful application – key questions: outcomes & impacts; monitoring & evaluation; track record & sustainability: 45 minutes

Drafting application summary

15.00 - Tea Break

15.05 - Costing your project: 15 minutes

15.20 - Improving your success rate - proposal review: 25 minutes

Testing the theory: practical exercise

15.45 - Bid assessment criteria; timelines & checklist: 25 minutes

16.10 - Reviewing the outcome – improving performance: 10 minutes

16.20 - Workshop expectations - review and next steps: 10 minutes

16.30 - Evaluation & Finish

Learning Outcomes

  • How to identify funder motivations
  • Ability to write funder benefit statements
  • Knowledge of where to identify policy drivers
  • Understanding of how to construct an effective proposal structure Understanding of techniques to improve writing style

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  • Our material is updated to reflect changing needs.

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To find out more please contact our Training department on 0870 333 7101, email or click here to contact us online.

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