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Concept Note template

A concept note is a short version of a proposal. Donors often request concept notes as the first step in funding applications. This allows them to screen applications so that only the best ones are invited to submit a full proposal.

Usually the donor has their own concept note template that you can use. If they don’t have one then this template is a useful starting point.

Concept Note screenshot

This concept note template is appropriate when:

  • The donor doesn’t have a specific concept note template.
  • The concept note is for a small to medium size program.

This concept note template is NOT appropriate when:

  • The donor has a specific concept note template that you should use.
  • The concept note is for a large or complex program.

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About Piroska Bisits Bullen

Piroska has worked on a range of international development programs involving local NGOs, international NGOs, UN agencies and government. She holds a Ph.D. in public health, has published articles in several journals, and was a speaker at TEDx Phnom Penh. Piroska is passionate about using scientific evidence and creativity to design programs that work.