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Building a Total-Value Proposal Budget

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For your convenience, you can download the presentation slides and GrantsMagic U’s Master Budget Planning Checklist and Worksheet.

At the heart of every mission-driven grant proposal stands a mission-driven budget. A good budget provides a clear picture of the total value of all the resources necessary to perform the proposed work. It also stands as an invaluable management and evaluation tool.

So… how do we get there from here? That’s the question we explore in this on-demand, 90-minute webinar.  We cover:

  • Steps to compellingly show the value of everything it takes to do your work successfully.
  • How grantmakers evaluate your proposal budget and what it says about your organization.
  • How to handle volunteer time, matching contributions, administrative/indirect costs, and other elements in your budget.
  • Practice calculating some “total-value” challenges in real-life scenarios.

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About the Author

Over her 25+ year career in the nonprofit world, Maryn has been an on-staff program developer and grant writer; an independent grants consultant; a grants project manager; a grants trainer; a grants reviewer, author, speaker, mentor and coach; and – yes – for the past 16 years, even a grantmaker. Grants Magic U, launched in fall 2015, is the “virtual academy” she created to make her extensive portfolio of practical and inspiring trainings on successful grantsmanship available (and affordable!) for anyone, anytime, anywhere.

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