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Proposal Writing Tips


  1. Define the subject.
  2. State the purpose.
  3. State the main point.
  4. Stress the importance of the subject.
  5. Offer background information on the subject.
  6. Forecast the organization of the proposal.

Describe the Current Situation

  1. Identify and define the problem you will describe.
  2. Discuss the causes of the problem, showing how these causes brought about the problem.
  3. Discuss the effects of not doing anything about the problem.

Describe the Project Plan

  1. Identify the solution.
  2. State the objectives of the plan.
  3. Describe the plan's major and minor steps.
  4. Identify the outcome.

Costs and Benefits

  1. Identify the cost of the plan.
  2. Descrie how this will help benefit the community or area.


  1. Restate the proposal's main point (the solution).
  2. Say thank you.
  3. Describe the next step.

From: Technical Communication Today, Richard Johnson-Sheehan (2005).