Originally published by @TechSoup at https://blog.techsoup.org on June 15, 2021.

How to Build a Proven Simple and Easy Funder-Friendly Budget

If you follow my work, you may have noticed that my advice on writing a grant proposal usually focuses on the written part — called the “narrative” section. But a full grant proposal actually has at least one other component: the budget. Both parts are crucial to grant success and, along with administrative pieces, comprise a total grant proposal package.

A Thumbnail Sketch of Your Grant Proposal

The good news is that the budget is usually much shorter than the proposal narrative — as brief as a single page.

Two Kinds of Grant Proposal Budgets

Your grant proposal will be seeking funding for either your entire organization (usually called “general operating support”) or for a specific program or project your organization is doing or is planning to do. So, you will need both an organizational budget and a program or project budget for each grant proposal.

Remember: Plan for Both Expenses and Revenue

Your budget should contain two distinct parts: Expenses and Revenue. That is, you’ll account for both money you will need to spend AND money you expect to receive to pay for it all.

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