European Commission Funding

Writing a Winning Concept Note

Many NGOs dream of receiving funding from the European Commission (EC), and while getting funding from the EC is a game changer for most NGOs, the application process also has a reputation for being incredibly complex. Drafting a comprehensive concept note under highly competitive conditions often discourages organizations from even applying. Those who do apply frequently end up wasting a lot of time and resources drafting applications that do not clearly translate the needs of the project into a proposal that will appeal to the EC.

But don’t let these challenges deter you! It is certainly possible to access this funding with a focused strategic approach and a clear understanding of EC requirements. We can guide you through the process, maximizing your potential for success.

We have developed this online course to help NGOs get their foot in the door and learn how to draft successful concept notes for the European Commission! This course will help you to develop the concept note drafting technique and maximize your organization's chances of obtaining funding.

What will you learn from this course?

  • How to accurately read and interpret the call for proposals guidelines
  • Understand the criteria the EC will use to assess your proposal and how you can best respond to ensure you meet these requirements
  • Understand how to adapt your own project to the guidelines of the call for proposals
  • Key tips on how to draft an attractive and highly competitive concept note following the EC format

Who should take the course?

  • NGO managers and executive directors
  • Fundraising and development professionals for local and international NGOs
  • Non-profit consultants and consulting firms
  • Fundraisers for local NGOs and small organizations
  • Fundraisers for a cause close to their heart

Don´t hesitate and learn how to develop a winning proposal today from the European Commission. With a strategic approach, you will see your fundraising taking a turn to the positive in no time!

Philantropia is an Approved Provider for Continuing Education in Fundraising. Full participation in “European Commission Funding – Writing a Winning Concept Note” is applicable for 3.5 points in Category 1. B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification. CFRE is an independent certification for fundraising professionals that aims to set standards in philanthropy through a valid and reliable certification process for fundraising professionals.

Participation in this program may assist you in learning or reviewing concepts covered on the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) examination as detailed on the Test Content Outline provided by CFRE International. CFRE International does not sponsor or endorse any educational programs and the (educational program title) was not developed in conjunction with CFRE International.

Your Instructor

Erik Detiger
Erik Detiger

Hello! My name is Erik Detiger and I am a professional with over two decades of experience working in the field of international philanthropy and fundraising. As a highly successful international project manager and fundraising professional, I have raised over US$200 million for numerous international projects from a wide variety of government agencies, foundations, and institutions. I am the founder of Philantropia - an independent consultancy based in New York specialized in international fundraising and philanthropy and am excited to share my knowledge with you on this platform.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

Don´t miss out on the chance to get funding from the European Commission for your projects anymore. Don´t be intimidated, but take initiative and learn everything you need to know to write a successful concept note for the EC!

Get started now!