Proposal & fundraising workshop, Mozambique

July 13, 2015


Project development, proposal writing and fundraising workshop

Organized by: Fauna & Flora International (FFI) with Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP)

Supported by: The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF)

Dates: 14 – 18 September, 2015

Location: Maputo, Mozambique

Workshop summary

The aim of this workshop is to: 1) increase capacity to obtain funding for conservation within Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe; and 2) to raise the quality of applications to the CLP, CEPF and other small grants programmes and donors. During the intensive five-day workshop, 16 participants will be guided through the entire project development and proposal writing process and will acquire in-depth information on a range of proposal-related topics.

Participants will first be introduced to the basics of project planning and design, and they will learn how to use a variety of project development tools: problem tree analysis, stakeholder analysis, use of SWOT matrix (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats), and logical frameworks. Participants will then go through the proposal writing process, learning how to describe their project in the most attractive way and how to ‘make their pitch’ to a selected donor. They will also learn how to find donors, how to develop and maintain relationships with them, and how to develop fundraising strategies and plans.

Participants will be given the opportunity to obtain substantive feedback on their proposals, and by the conclusion of the workshop they will have prepared a nearly complete proposal for funding, which they may then submit to the funding agency they have selected.

This workshop is co-led by Stuart Paterson and Chloe Hodgkinson who work on Conservation Capacity & Leadership at Fauna & Flora International.

General information: This is a five day workshop that will take place from 14 – 18 September, 2015 at the Hotel Tivoli in Maputo. Places are limited to 16 participants. In order to apply for this workshop please fill out this online application form found here ( no later than Sunday 2nd August, 2015. We will notify you of our decision soon after the deadline.

Cost of workshop: FFI will cover the cost of the workshop, accommodation and food once at the training venue. Transportation costs will be reimbursed based on prior agreement and presentation of all receipts.

Eligibility: This workshop is designed for early-career conservationists with limited fundraising experience. We will accept applications from nationals of Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Applicants from other countries are not eligible.

  • Applicants must currently work, or propose to work in CEPF Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA)
  • Applicants who have previously received fundraising training may not apply;
  • You must have a proposal that you are working on and planning to submit to the CEPF small grants programme, Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) or another similar funding agency soon after the workshop. Part of this application is to submit that proposal concept (300-500 words);
  • If you plan to develop a proposal to submit to the CLP, you must meet all CLP eligibility criteria;
  • If you are a CLP alumnus, your reporting must be up-to-date;
  • This workshop will be taught in English and all materials will be in English. You must have a good working knowledge of English to apply;
  • You must also be able to bring a laptop to the workshop; and
  • If selected, you must be able to attend all five days of the workshop.

If you have questions about your eligibility, you may contact Stuart Paterson at

Founded in 2000, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund is a global leader in enabling civil society to participate in and benefit from conserving some of the world’s most critical ecosystems. CEPF’s niche in the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot will be to enable civil society to have a more prominent role into driving development in a more biodiversity-friendly direction.

Fauna & Flora International protects threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and take account of human needs. Operating in more than 40 countries worldwide – mainly in the developing world – FFI saves species from extinction and habitats from destruction, while improving the livelihoods of local people. As the world’s oldest international conservation organisation, FFI has been instrumental in establishing much of the current conservation infrastructure and best practice, and we are renowned for our innovative, landmark programmes.

The Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) is a partnership of three conservation organizations –

BirdLife International, Fauna & Flora International, the Wildlife Conservation Society. The mission of the CLP is to promote the development of future conservation leaders and provide them with the capacity to address the most significant conservation issues of our time.

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