How To Write A Proposal

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How To Write A Proposal

  1. 1. How to Write a Proposal A Seminar Created by the Wingate University Writing Center for UCAN
  2. 2. What is a proposal? <ul><li>A proposal is a persuasive document that puts forth your solutions to a particular problem or situation while convincing your audience that your solution is the best one available. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Before you start: gathering background information <ul><li>Before you start writing your proposal, you should gather background information about three areas: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Concept </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expense </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Questions you should be able to answer <ul><ul><li>What is the nature of the project and how will it will be conducted? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the anticipated timetable of the project? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the anticipated outcomes of the project and how will you evaluate the results? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the staffing and volunteer needs, accounting for new hires and recruitment? </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Parts of a Proposal <ul><li>The three main parts of a well-written proposal: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Front matter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Body </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>End matter </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Front Matter <ul><li>Title page </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Title </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Byline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Date Submitted </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Letter of Transmittal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Context </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Summary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Date of Action </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gratitude </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Executive Summary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Synopsis of the entire proposal </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Table of Contents </li></ul><ul><li>List of Visuals </li></ul>
  7. 7. Body <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Statement of Purpose </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Background/Statement of the Problem </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scope </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organization </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Body <ul><li>Other parts of the body: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Approach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan of Action </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Qualifications/Experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Budget </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proposed schedule </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conclusions/recommendations </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. End matter <ul><ul><li>Bibliography </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Glossary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appendixes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Surveys </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Maps </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Charts </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Spreadsheets </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Statistics </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Etc. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>

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