Bid Writing and Project Design

for Successful European Projects

Starting Dates in 2022: 28.11.

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A 5 day proactive, high energy and activity focussed training course!

Participants will have the opportunity to develop their own projects and work with the course deliverers to learn the skills to create their own successful funding application for EU programmes.

The programme will consist of interactive thinking processes, focussed on learning by doing, working with course participants to extract the essential details that are relevant and unique to your organisation.

Practical skills sessions will include: setting aims, defining outputs and outcomes, SMART objectives, creating an expert partnership, structuring the timetable,, building in an evaluation, understanding requirements of project management and
audit requirements, dissemination and impact.

The course will encourage active learning and will encourage continuous participation by all participants in sharing experience and knowledge. Participants will meet and cooperate with colleagues of different nationalities within the EU, engage in cross-cultural learning in action experiences.

This will be an interactive, fun and engaging programme that will provide creative skills, real project activities and practical resources to enable participants to develop their institution and their own ambitions for the future.

In just ONE WEEK with us you’ll learn how to:

  • balance realism with expectations, understanding and breaking down the requirements of funding opportunities to make sure these match their organisation’s expertise and ambitions

  • think creatively about their organisation, the environment they are in and create practical solutions to the opportunities and challenges they face through projects and funded activities

  • demonstrate the need for their project by using data and evidence to make a compelling argument

  • use project tools to organize and manage effective and robust delivery

  • enjoy the creative process of building a strong and purposeful project!

Daily Program:

The Beginning

  • Registration and introduction to the programme
  • Welcome, icebreaking
  • Group dynamics around personal and organisational ambitions:
    why are you here? Why do you write a bid – what do you want? 
  • Setting aims and objectives – why we don’t let the tail wag the dog
  • Understanding funding objectives and priorities whilst not
    compromising your ambitions and core values
  • Understanding your social and economic environment to include
    local, national and European priorities – what are your challenges
    and opportunities

                  • Set the challenge for the week – LEARNING IN ACTION!

Personal journey

  • Opening with mindfulness programme
  • Who are you? – demonstrating reliability, experience
  • Demonstrating the need – defining this building on day 1
  • Why your project application will work – what challenge or issue
    are you going to solve or address?
  • Why your unique approach will work

Practical tools

  • Opening with mindfulness programme
  • Delivery mechanisms and practical tools for success
  • Project management tools – e.g. SMART targets, GANTT charts,
    software programme
  • Outcomes and Outputs – what are the differences and what are
  • PM – Outdoor learning opportunity in Tenerife – continue with


  • Opening with mindfulness programme
  • Measuring impact and evaluation – what do you need to think
    about at application stage and project duration
  • Dissemination and sustainability
  • Project-based learning methodology


  • Opening with mindfulness programme
  • 10 minute presentation of projects by each team with useful
    feedback from peers
  • Bid writer secrets – top tips and secrets for success
  • What’s next


  • Students are offered many free leisure activities, including a visit to the botanical garden, surf trials, salsa and flamenco lessons, Spanish culture introduction and volleyball.

  • Visit Loro Parque – the famous parrot paradise

  • Spend a fun day at Siam Park – the water kingdom of Europe

  • Travel to La Gomera, and spend the day at this beautiful neighbouring island of Tenerife

  • Take a hiking trip in Maska to check out the hidden miracles of the island

  • Visit the world’s third largest volcano on a day trip to Las Cañadas del Teide

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