TLG Proposal Writing Competition

Some of the shortlisted participants of the proposal writing competition with TLG team members at Tangaza University College.

The Leaders Guild held its first inaugural Proposal Writing Competition for its Members in January 2016. They awarded 6 winners 1.4 Million Kenya Shillings funding for their projects on 12th April 2017 at Tangaza University College. The funding was made possible by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and an anonymous donor.

The goal of the competition was to provide members who had participated in the proposal writing workshops facilitated by Sr. Pat Bombard. Dr. J Murphy and Abena Apea in August and December 2015 with the opportunity:

  • To learn and/or practice proposal writing skills.
  • To think deeply about the organization, its goals and objectives, vision and what is needed to elevate the work.
  • To experience the proposal submission process.
  • To possibly secure funds for proposed project.

Sponsored by Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Proposal Development

At the grant award ceremony

TLG accepted proposals that support projects in the following areas:

  • Women, children, or families
  • Healthcare/HIV
  • Clean water
  • Food and agriculture
  • Human trafficking
  • Education
  • Community development

Exclusions: Funds cannot be used for the following:

  • INDIVIDUAL projects (grants must be made to an organization)
  • Administrative salaries
  • Large capital/construction projects that are more than 300,000 KSh permitted (US $3000) or must include an assurance that the project is also funded through additional sources.

Proposal Submission and Winners

Proposals (including cover page, narrative, and all required attachments were due to TLG by Monday, March 25, 2016 and sent electronically

After submitting their proposal as instructed in the Proposal Guidelines it was first reviewed by TLG and CLM officials and later on sent and reviewed by DePaul team of fundraising professionals with decades of experience in proposal writing.

They all gave feedback to contestants, including tips on structuring their document and making a case for support compelling and competitive. Just as important, the other aim was to complete the process with a solid proposal and a template for future submissions. The top six proposals received funding, made possible by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and an anonymous donor of 12,000 US dollars.