There are eight basic components to creating a solid proposal package: (1)
the proposal summary; (2) introduction of organization; (3) the problem
statement (or needs assessment); (4) project objectives; (5) project
methods or design; (6) project evaluation; (7) future funding; and (8) the
project budget. The following will provide an overview of these components.
The Proposal Summary: Outline of Project Goals
The proposal summary outlines the proposed project and should appear at the beginning of the proposal.
The summary would be most useful if it were prepared after the proposal has been developed in order to encompass all the key summary points necessary to communicate the objectives of the project.
It is this document that becomes the cornerstone of your proposal, and the initial impression it gives will be critical to the success of your venture.
In many cases, the summary will be the first part of the proposal package seen by agency officials and very possibly could be the only part of the package that is carefully reviewed before the decision is made to consider the project any further.
The applicant must select a fundable project which can be supported in view
of the local need. Alternatives, in the absence of Federal support, should
be pointed out. The influence of the project both during and after the
project period should be explained. The consequences of the project as a
result of funding should be highlighted.