USAID Cost Proposal: How to Build the Budget

USAID Cost Proposal: How to Build the Budget

This workshop is available as an English In-person workshop and an English Online workshop.

This workshop equips NGO staff who contribute to developing proposal budgets with background, tools, and practice to support budget development and cost proposal negotiations with USAID. It focuses on how to build an appropriate cost proposal as well as how to maximize cost proposal budgets with the US Government (USAID).

Our expert facilitators work through activities and resources deigned to help you practice the fundamentals of building a budget. This includes developing a category-based budget from an activity budget, formatting a budget according to the Federal Standard Form 424 (Application for Federal Assistance), and how to communicate and justify the cost proposal to your donor.

At the end of this workshop, you can return to your organization with the skills you need to confidently compete for your next USAID Grant or Cooperative Agreement. 

What will you learn?

By the end of this workshop, learners will be able to:

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

Who should attend?

This workshop is designed for:

  • Finance, grants, and contracts staff who play a role in proposal writing or review
  • Program staff who work on new business development or are potential budget holders
  • Administrative staff who are interested in supporting the proposal writing process
  • Business development staff

If you’re still not sure if this workshop is right for you, feel free to contact us and we can help!

Further Information

Companion Workshop


This ‘USAID Cost Proposal: How to Build the Budget’ workshop has a companion workshop:

USAID Proposal Development: From RFA/RFP to Proposal eWorkshop (available In-Person or Online)

This workshop is designed to help you learn the strategic and practical approaches to managing the proposal process and preparing a responsive submission to USAID. 

Continuing Professional Education Credits (CPE)


In-person workshop: Continuing Professional Education Credits (CPEs) are not awarded at the end of this workshop. 

Online workshop: Continuing Professional Education Credits (CPEs) are not awarded at the end of this workshop. 

Learning Approach


In-person Workshop: Humentum’s highly practical workshops always put the learner first. Our expert facilitators will draw on their own vast sector and subject-specific knowledge to ensure our learner experience is as worthwhile and enjoyable as possible. They will share relevant tools, techniques and insights that are immediately transferrable to your own work. You are also actively encouraged to engage in meaningful discussions, hands-on group work, and pose your own specific questions to further enhance your learning. 

Online Workshop: Humentum’s self-directed and focused online workshops always put the learner first. You will have the opportunity to connect and engage with peers from around the world in a social network style environment, whilst working through a series of engaging videos, assignments and readings. You will have a dedicated, expert facilitator to guide you on your learning journey, and always ready to answer your specific questions to further enhance your learning.

How does an online workshop work?

The online workshop is open for a set number of weeks, and you can log-in at any time that suits you, and work at your own pace. Once online, you’ll find our platform easy to navigate, with clear guides and instructions.

You’ll need to earn points for completing various tasks (such as watching videos, uploading assignments, and interacting with others). The more tasks you complete, the more points you’ll earn. The quicker you earn these points, the sooner you’ll be able to complete the workshop!

We estimate this workshop requires 2 hours per module (3 modules in total), depending on your pace of learning, and previous experience.

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Dates and registration

Feb 17 - Mar 16, 2021 Online English Register