USAID Cost Proposal: How to Build the Budget Flex

USAID Cost Proposal: How to Build the Budget Flex


This online course will equip you with background, tools, and practice to support budget development and cost proposal negotiations with the US Government.

The activities and resources will help you to develop a category-based budget from an activity budget, practice formatting a budget according to Federal Standard Form 424, and discuss strategies to justify Cost Proposals to the USG.

This is a companion course to the USAID Proposal Development eWorkshop.

Target Audience 

This course is designed for:

  • Program staff, especially those program staff that are potential budget holders
  • Finance, grants, and contracts staff who play a role in proposal writing or review
  • Business development staff
  • Administrative staff who are interested in supporting the proposal writing process

Humentum encourages teams of employees to attend this workshop together.

Key Takeaways 

By the end of the course, you will be able 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

Learning Approach

Our training puts the learner at the center, using practical and fun learning activities, and easy-to-use materials. We share tools and techniques that can be immediately used in your work.

A Flex course allows you to learn essential content completely on your own time over a specified amount of time:

  • Learn through engaging videos, assignments, and structured reading
  • Interact and learn with other participants and a facilitator in a virtual and social learning environment
  • Earn points for various tasks completed, including watching videos, completing assignments, leaving comments and interacting with others
  • The more tasks you complete, the more points you’ll earn. And the quicker you earn these points, the sooner you’ll complete the course.

The coursework will take around four hours each week, depending on your pace of learning and previous knowledge. 

Practice areas

Finance;Grants and Contracts;Business Development


Early Price* Regular Price
NON-MEMBERS $255 $300

*Early prices are available up to 6 weeks before the course date

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Next steps

For pricing, agenda and venue information please follow the orange 'Full info' links next to each location in the panel above which will provide this information, and follow the instructions to register. Please get in touch with us via the form below to discuss a group booking, or any other query for this workshop.

Dates and registration

Nov 13 - Dec 10, 2019 Online English Full info