Writing the 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.

A List of Online Resources


How to Write a Project Proposal

Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Proposal Writing for Grants--Short Course

The Foundation Center Learning Lab


A Practical Guide for Writing Proposals

Alice Reid, M. Ed., English and Educational Technology

Worcester Polytechnic Institute


The Project Proposal

North Carolina State University


A Guide for Proposal Writing

National Science Foundation


Proposals for Funding

Phil Bartle, PhD, Seattle Community Network


Guide for Writing Project Proposals

University of Iowa Computer Science Department



Engineering Communication Centre, University of Toronto  

Includes executive summary information


Tips and Hints About Writing Winning Grant Proposals

Polaris Grants Central


Evaluation Format

Small Grants Program, International Business Initiatives


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