Background: As you just saw with your internal proposal, proposals are used to problem-solve and optimize in both professional fields and advanced degree work. The process of writing this paper is designed to give you experience, tools, and strategies to master this genre of professional writing and providing strategic, well-supported arguments to someone else to achieve goals.
Scenario: Atticus Chi has informed you that his organization is making grants of $100,000 available to certain causes. He would like you to identify a particular issue that affects your clientele or community, and write a proposal for that grant money. The proposal should describe the issue, the specific population it affects, and how you would use the $100,000 to address and remediate the issue. Your solution should be specific and concrete and must contain a cost analysis.
In this proposal, you will need to demonstrate how the issue you identify is currently affecting someonethe taxpayer, the patient population, the consumer, the employer, e.g. so it will be clear that its worth the funds AC will (you hope) give you. Its often effective to start by researching and establishing the financial impact of the problem you are addressing.
Criteria: You MUST use one of the themes/ ideas/ of concepts from our reading of Food Inc. or viewing of Cooked or Fed Up and build upon the initial work that you have already done this semester. Use the research, readings, and discussion information from one of the topics related to those pieces of work. For those of you focused on business, I strongly encourage you to think about the economic or marketing implications of the issues surrounding these topics. This is a large range of topics, so speak to me soon if you have concerns.
Your proposal MUST: outline a problem or opportunity, show why it matters and its financial impact, and propose a concrete, definite solution. In addition to showing how the issue is compelling, youll need to show how your solution makes sense, and is an efficient, effective, and cost-saving answer to the problem.
Choosing your topic
Expect to start broad and narrow your topic down as you research; a proposal is unlikely to get approved if its vague or general, or covers ground thats been covered a thousand times before. Example: For the San Fernando Valleys large population of Latinos, you might start by picking the health issue of diabetes, which affects twice the number of Latinos as other ethnic groups. However, thats too broad a topic for effective research and writing, so you narrow down to a more focused issue: perhaps gestational diabetes in Latinas, or cultural and gender barriers in diabetes education for Latinos. Narrowing your focus will allow you to design an effective program, which is more likely to receive the grant funding. Tackling a big problemthe high price of fuel as it affects the supply chain, for exampleis too large to cover, much less propose a realistic solution in the scope of this project. So its really important that you start thinking seriously about your topic right away. Remember that scholarly research is not a linear process, and as you have found out already, it always takes longer than you think.
I have read countless proposals on school lunches, diabetes, and obesity. These are too broad and narrow and I urge you to NOT use any of the above deadlines to submit work on these topics, as they will just be shot down. You only have $100,000- you need to think very narrow. You cant solve any of these issues with this budget. Likewise, do not propose a topic that has been done, is being done, or has been proposed and failed unless you plan to solve that failure.
You may not write about the CSUN campus as you are doing that for your team proposal.
The paper should be 1,750+ words single-spaced, using Times New Roman 12 point font, with one-inch margins throughout (include a word count at the end your references or works cited page is not included in the word count). Papers may be done in either MLA or APA format: your choice, but be consistent. Use headers, bullets, and other graphic organizers to format your text.
Your finished proposal will include in-text citations as well as a carefully, properly formatted (MLA or APA) list of at least eight substantive sources. Substantive in this context means sources from government, scholarly, or professional sites. One or two articles from popular media such as Time or the LA Times are okay, but articles on your subject from library databases should reinforce them. Likewise, the idea of news clips, documentary clips, and film clips (as long as they are relevant) are always a good means to get your point visualized.
Graphs and charts can be included if you feel the visual makes the point far better than a description would. Any such graphics should be properly labeled, and included as an appendix rather than inserted into the text. Appendices and lists of sources do not count as part of the total number of required pages/ words.
The grade will be determined on not only the usual style and mechanics considerations, but also how well, how thoroughly, and how creatively you have researched, developed, and supported your ideas.
Your finished report should include the following:
Table of contents
Abstract (250 words)
Text (1,750 words)
Introduction (background, problem/ issue, purpose, scope)
Discussion (the body)
References or Works Cited
Appendix (a proposal that has more than 1-2 charts/ graphs in it should move to the appendix)
Glossary (if needed)
The proposal idea I chose that is related to course is on Youth Cholesterol + obesity clinic for children, place for parents to come in and get education on as well. Location is in the Los Angeles County ( food desert where there are 5 fast food places couple feet away. The clinic will run labs on cholesterol levels and diabetes, the labwork for all will be outside- maybe someone we have a contract with. There should also be a nutritional plan: clinic will include volunteer MA students, peer educators, 5 nutritionists, recommend healthy recipes for each persons body + lifestyle. Also there will be an educational/ community outreach that recommends healthy stores to shop from and help parents track calorie counts. The cost should include in a graph that estimates the building center, staffing, and sustaining it. the center will have 3 private consultation, rooms, lobby, classroom, and kitchen for demos, also utility cost. There should also be initial cost that is a yearly cost afterward.
So the introduction should talk about background info on LA, the food culture. Problem/Issue is obesity, cholesterol in Los Angeles. Purpose is to create and assess a clinic for nutritional habits and educate.
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