Crafton Hills College
Grant Proposal Template
The following outline gives suggestions for a basic grant proposal. This template is meant as a guide only
and not a replacement for the funding announcement. Some funders ask for different information, so it’s
important to review the funding announcement carefully.
Include a one
page summary of your proposal, highlighting the purpose, goals, and expected impact of
the initiative. The summary is usually prepared last.
Table of Contents
This is also one of the last parts of the proposal to be completed. Very short proposals (2-3 pages) do not
need a table of contents.
The project narrative is the “meat” of the grant proposal and usually includes the following elements:
Provide background information about Crafton Hills College and/or your department that
supports why this project is important. Include why this project makes sense within the context of
CHC and/or your department.
Statement of Need
This section is where you describe the problems you want to address through the project. It’s very
important to present a clear, compelling case about why the grant is needed. What problem will
the grant solve? Provide campus, district and regional/national data that supports the need for the
project. Identify input from a variety of sources including, but not limited to, students, college
personnel, local officials, community members, and large research studies.
State the goals of the project. Goals are overarching principles that guide decision-making. They
reflect the big picture, clearly serve the interests of the program, and should be stable for the life
of the grant. Although goals do not have to be measurable, well-stated goals will be attainable in
principle. Example of a goal: “Seek, advocate for, and acquire additional resources.”
Objectives are measureable and represent milestones on the way to achieving a goal. Sound
objectives are relevant to the applicable goal, specific and measurable, reasonable, and action-
oriented. Example of a sound objective: “Establish a grant development and management process
with clear roles and responsibilities.”
Outcomes can be qualitative and quantitative. Baseline data should be presented as a point of
reference. When writing objectives for any project, it is important to consider how the data will
be collected and analyzed. Data collection for measuring the objectives should be manageable,