Project Proposal


A project proposal describes some sort of plan for a needed action such as marketing a product, streamlining a production process, developing a curriculum, or meeting a financial goal for a non-profit agency.

A project proposal may be used to obtain a federal grant or to convince a board of directors to fund a new initiative. Project proposals consist of several sections, perhaps including an executive summary, a description of the problem or goal, a history or background of existing conditions, a research review, and so on. The resources below describe components and processes of project proposals for a variety of purposes.


Online Resources

Writing a Successful Grant Proposal

Barbara Davis (reprinted by Minnesota Council on Foundations)

How to Write a Project Proposal

Worchester Polytechnic Institute

Proposal Writing for Grants--Short Course

The Foundation Center Learning Lab

Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal

F. Joseph Levine, PhD, Michigan State University

A Guide for Proposal Writing (PDF)

National Science Foundation

Proposals for Funding

Phil Bartle, PhD, Seattle Community Network

Guide for Writing Project Proposals

Dr. Ramon Lawrence, University of British Columbia Okanagan.
Includes a sample proposal

Facilitating Proposal Development: Helping Faculty Avoid Common Pitfalls

Robert Porter, Virginia Tech
Avoid Common Proposal Pitfalls Robert Porter, Virginia Tech
Writing Successful grants (While Avoiding Common Proposal Pitfalls) Robert Porter, Virginia Tech