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Budgeting for Private Grantseeking

Budget planning is an integral part of your overall program planning. Your proposal budget is an extremely important component of your proposal package. Grantmakers emphasize time and again that program budgets are often the first proposal item reviewed. Consider the budget as a financial expression of the proposal narrative, with figures that reflect proposed activities and include an estimate of every real cost associated with your program. In other words, the budget provides another chance to tell your story to a prospective funder.

The following PDFs contain information to help you through the budget creation process:


Budget Planning—Describes the important process of planning for a clear and effective budget

Indirect Costs—Details costs included in grant budgets that are not directly associated with programming

Budget Narrative or Justification—Gives tips on how to best write your budget narrative

Budget Template and Planning Tools—Provides two common budget templates you can use if a grantmaker does not specify budget preferences

Helpful Budget Links—Links to helpful budget creating resources