What are the Components?
Successful project proposals are short but well-defined. You should include in your project proposal:
- An Introduction
- Background for Undertaking the Project
- Procedure for the Undertaking of the Project
- The Project Budget
The introduction of your project proposal should be short and it should inform those reading the proposal about three things: 1) What the project will accomplish 2) Why the project should be undertaken and 3) How your project will help the company to achieve its goals.
The background will demonstrate the need for the project, and it will show how the project fits into the company's other projects and the company's goals. A well-written project background will show the effects of similar projects on other company's bottom line, and it will show how the idea for the project came up.
When writing the procedure for undertaking the project, you will want to demonstrate to those reading the project proposal that you know how to make the project happen. This will be the longest section of your project proposal. You want those in key decision-making positions to understand that you know what you are doing. Items included in this section will include:
- A well-constructed scope statement
- A statement of all relevant milestones and deliverables
- A statement of known risks and how they will be overcome
- A list of relevant stakeholders, known team members, and how they will be involved
- A timeline of how long the project will take
Finally, you will want to be sure that your project proposal contains a budget. Make sure that your readers will know how much money you will need to undertake the project, when you will need the money, and how that money will be spent. The more detailed you are in this section, the easier it will be to acquire funding. After all, those providing money will want to know how it will be spent.