Proposal writing is a form of persuasive writing. It’s about telling stories. It’s exhilarating, imaginative work and a chance to make a huge difference to your organization, your community, yourself and even the big wide world.
You have the opportunity to turn your ideas into something real with your proposal.
Research and planning is a big part of the simple proposal format. Final decisions about which proposals are funded often come down to whether the proposal convinces the reviewer that the project/activity/program is well planned and feasible, and whether the investigators are well qualified to execute it.
“How well you plan is critical to the success of the project“- Learn Sphere
The simple proposal format needs to be divided into predictable sections that provide answers to these questions:
- What’s the purpose or goal of your project?
- What is the need you’re addressing, or the problem you’re solving?
- What are the expected outcomes of your project, and how will you achieve them?
- How will you assess or verify the success of your project?
- Why is your project important?
- How much will it cost?
This ‘Simple proposal format’ checklist should be used alongside the proposal document you are planning to submit. Use it to make sure that all elements have been considered, that the proposal contains everything it needs to, and that it meets all set requirements.
Create a check list template and run individual checklists for each member of your team. You can check tasks off as you work through them, set deadlines, add approvals, assign tasks, and track each team member’s progress.