Session 4 – Crafting a Proposal


Developing Your Project Proposal

  • In this session, we discuss the value of, and process for, creating a project proposal.


After completing this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Articulate the importance of a proposal in the development and implementation of a community food security project
  • Complete the sections of your project proposal (Introduction, Background & Significance, Methods)

Key Terms + Concepts

  • Project proposal development

Required Readings + Resources

  • Miewald, C., & Ostry, A. (2014). A Warm Meal and a Bed: Intersections of Housing and Food Security in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Housing Studies, 29(6), 709–729. 'Retrieved through the UBC Library Website.

Writing a Proposal

A project proposal explains the What, How and Why of your project. Conceptualizing, articulating, and receiving feedback on your proposal will help ensure that all stakeholders are clear on the objectives, procedures, and expected outcomes of your project. A well-written project proposal clarifies what you are trying to achieve together. And, equally important, it outlines what isn't to be included in your project, preventing a phenomenon called scope creep, which often leads to frustration and feeling overwhelmed. Further, your proposal will be a good place to return to when the realities of the term start to interfere with the group's vision, also known as scope change, which is inevitable (and something we will explore in more detail in later course sessions).

There is no single resource that will guide you through the challenging process of conceptualizing, articulating, and completing a project proposal. It is a matter of creating drafts, receiving feedback, and refining your work to the point where your group is happy with the final result and/or the deadline is 5 minutes away. In lecture, we will de-construct "A Warm Meal and A Bed" from the required readings to re-create a project proposal. We will take apart the various steps of the process (e.g. introduction, background and context, and methods) to demonstrate how to move from an idea into a clearly written proposal.

Messes and Failures

The following resources will help you conceptualize and prepare for the ups and downs associated with community-based projects. Both explore the idea of common responses to challenging situations, engaging with messes and fear of failure. Both resources will compliment our on-going discussion in LFS 350 on the value of community-based projects and how experiences in the course prepare you for your future role as professionals in the food system.

Tutorial Session

In your tutorial session, your group will...

  • Discuss and prepare your proposal, section by section

Next week you will receive feedback from your TA on your proposal and have time to refine your work. The written proposal is due on the following Friday.

Additional Material