Cost Proposal: How to Build the Budget



Cost Proposal: How to Build the Budget

April 27, 2018 - 8:30am to 5:00pm

Bangkok , Thailand


Shannon M. Meehan

Language: English

Early - Mar 16 Regular - Apr 06 Late - Apr 27
HUMENTUM MEMBERS $525 $575 $630
NON-MEMBERS $630 $680 $735


This one-day workshop is designed for NGO staff who contribute to developing proposal budgets. It focuses on how to build an appropriate cost proposal as well as how to maximize cost proposal budgets with the US Government (USG). You will practice the fundamentals of building a budget, format a budget according to the Federal Standard Form 424 (Application for Federal Assistance) and learn how to communicate and justify the cost proposal to your donor. Taught in a highly participatory style, the workshop provides you with the skills you need to confidently compete for your next USG Grant or Cooperative Agreement. 

Who Should Attend

In addition to individual participants, Humentum encourages teams of employees to attend this workshop together. Staff who will benefit include: 

  • Finance, grants, and contracts staff who play a role in proposal writing or review

  • Program staff who work on new business development

  • Business development staff

What You Will Learn

You will learn how to:

  • Manage USAID/USG expectations for cost proposals
  • Determine the necessary costs to include in a budget
  • Comply with the formatting requirements as outlined in USAID/USG Standard Form 424
  • Apply best practices for budget narratives
  • Reconcile the budget narrative to the budget calculations


For more than 35 years, Humentum has been “inside” the NGO community, supporting organizations as they address the world’s most pressing social issues. We are widely recognized as the leader in US government assistance compliance training. Our training activities are designed to help you and your organization build capacity, strengthen decision-making, develop more efficient systems, and identify effective solutions to important challenges. Our learning programs are modeled on the best practices in adult learning. In today’s complex operating environment, learning has never been more important, and we take great pride in being your partner in professional and organizational development.

CPE Credits

Participants at the workshop will earn 7.8 CPE credits and receive a certificate of attendance. The course level is Basic. The delivery method of this program is Group Live and the Field of Study is Specialized Knowledge.

Humentum is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

Introductions, workshop objectives
RFA/RFP overview
Elements of a Cost Proposal
Category Based Budget
How to Present a Budget to US Government
Group Exercise: Examining an RFA
Cost Proposals: The Components
Budget Team Role 
Building the Budget: Cost Estimation 
Unit Cost by Type
Group Exercise: Determining Costs
Building the Budget: Fixed Costs
Group Exercise: Determining Fixed Costs
Building the Budget: Identify Costs by Activity and Time
Group Exercise: Build the Costs
Evaluating the Cost Proposal: Common Considerations
The Budget Narrative
Group Exercise: Budget Narrative
Budget Review
Best Practices Review
Close of Day

Amari Watergate Bangkok
847 Petchburi Road
Bangkok, Thailand

Tel: +66 (0) 2653 9000 Fax: +66 (0) 2653 9045​

Participants are responsible for making their own hotel/lodging arrangements.

Amari Watergate Bangkok
847 Petchburi Road
Bangkok, Thailand

Click here for directions from Don Mueang International Airport.
Click here for directions from Suvarnabhumi Airport

Please make sure you mention the Humentum workshop in order to qualify for the negotiated rate as specified below. Rates include American breakfast and internet access.

Deluxe Room: Single THB 3,900.-net; Double/Twin THB 4,100.-net
Grand Deluxe Room: Single THB 4,300.-net; Double/Twin THB 4,500.-net

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