Proposal Writing Online Short Course from the Foundation Center
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Although this website attempts to provide clear and explicit instructions for writing proposals, the proposal process involves some complex and detailed procedures. Most proposal writers need some assistance in understanding the process, and EOPC strongly recommends that proposal writers attend the EOPC proposal writing workshop, which is held each fall, to optimize their chances of writing good proposals. Also, EOPC encourages all proposal writers to contact , staff support for EOPC, if they have any questions about the process or would like input on any portion of a proposal before it is submitted. To begin the proposal process, please access the various links in the left hand banner beginning with "Overview." The first three links after this page in the EOPC Directory to the left ("Overview," "Proposal Guidelines," and "Program Evaluations") are the key links that will guide you through the process. The rest of the links are also useful. Also, please see the sections below on this page for additional information.
Christina Huffman, Government Proposal Writer, Aerotek
Proposal writers should refer to their unit's diversity strategic plan, available at , and/or their unit's strategic plan, which they should be able to obtain from one of their administrative offices. Then, proposal writers should consult with appropriate faculty or staff on strategies that will significantly advance the goals of their plan. Proposals that fulfill this criterion will be stronger and more competitive in the proposal evaluation process.
A writer can fill many different niches. When most people think of proposal writers, they automatically think of people who write requests for grant money. Although writers are among the largest groups of proposal writers, there are many other types, as well. For example, proposal writers can work in the entertainment industry or in the financial sector. In the entertainment industry, a quality proposal writer is the key to the success of many television shows, commercials, movies, and radio spots. For example, a television show has a team of writers who develop a storyline. That storyline is then enacted by a group of actors while the world watches them on television. Although the writers on the show may finalize the details of the script, there is often a proposal writer who comes up with larger storyline.Before looking at a few specific kinds of proposal writers, it is important to consider what a proposal writer does in general. The ability to write clearly, concisely, and effectively is of the utmost importance, since it is the primary method of communication in the field. In addition, grammatical, typographical, and other errors are considered to be unprofessional and unforgivable by many employers. Close attention to the most minute details, organization, and sensitivity to deadlines are also very important skills.We live in a world where people want their information easily and quickly. Some proposal writers make the mistake of forcing a reader to figure things out for themselves. That’s not a great idea. You don’t want the reader to have to decipher your message. Writing proposals is not like writing a novel. Proposals needs to be direct and lead the reader to an obvious conclusion. Be sure to directly state the conclusion within your content.