From Idea to Project


How to build a good project if you are looking for funding opportunities



Looking for funding opportunities is one of most difficult challenges in the current world of business

and social issues, independently by your legal status.

Often, have a good idea is not enough: if you’re a professional, a small or medium enterprise, a social

enterprise, a non-profit organization, a public body, an association, you must need to develop a smart

project from initial idea.

Private or public investors, regional, national and European institutions able to manage funds prefer

takes a look to ideas written thanks to a project design oriented approach.

So, if you are looking for a regional, national or European funding opportunities, if you need of an

impact investing strategy, if you decide to participate to calls according by foundations, if you want to

launch a fundraising or crowdfunding campaign, the approach could you adopt and implement to

strengthen success chances should be the same.

This approach is project cycle management (PCM).

So, thanks to this training course, participants will learn how to develop a good project starting from

initial idea and will be encourage to follow a specific a strategic method to design any kind of project, under the guidance of experts and specialists.



Day 1

The Aid Delivery Method.

The project approach: what is a project? Definition of project, strengths and weaknesses of a project.

The quality frame of a project: relevance, feasibility, effectiveness and well-management.

PCM operational guidelines: the cycle of operations from programming to evaluation.

The programming process: global objectives, priorities and main actors involved.

The identification process: specific objectives, key tasks, assessments and tools.

Day 2

Logical framework approach and logical framework matrix: what are there and main differences.

The identification process.

Stakeholders analysis by level of interest and influence.

Problem analysis and objectives analysis: how to identify needs, cause-effects relationships and

possible solutions.

Strategy analysis: how to identify different strategies and then select the most appropriate strategy.

 Day 3

Formulation process.

Key tasks, responsibilities, documents and tools. Information elements produced by end of

formulation. Work packages.

Implementation process, including monitoring and reporting: key tasks, documents and


Evaluation and audit process: key tasks, responsibilities and documents.

 Day 4

Logical framework matrix: the planning stage.

First column: intervention logic.

Fourth column: the assumptions.

Second and third column: indicators and sources of verification.

Terms of reference: format and contents.

Day 5

Project work: participants will invite to design a preparatory analysis about a new project using logical

framework approach. Survey regarding possible call of interests to take part to real projects within

respective organizations. Handing out of the certificates of attendance.