HEAD-ON Grant Proposal

Full Title: Operation HEAD-ON1 (Helmet Education and Distribution Outreach Network) Grant Proposal

Project Components:

  1. Proposal <View pdf>
  2. Email to Rene Johnson <View pdf>
  3. Guidelines for Writing a Strong Proposal <View pdf>
  4. Email from Rene Johnson2 <View pdf>

Context: This project was an assignment in Writing for Business and Government (RHET 4306), part of the Professional and Technical Writing major at the University of Arkansas at Little RockDepartment of Rhetoric and Writing.

Purpose: To gain experience analyzing documents, identifying audiences, using writing for problem-solving, and generating polished materials in both digital and print form.

Audience: Course professor and my fictitious employer, the King County Public Safety Department.

Development: In a previous assignment, I conducted research on effective grant writing and created guidelines to post on a website to help others with submitting proposals. For this assignment, I conducted further research and also considered the assigned reading, Seeing Proposals Through Reviewers’ Eyes.3

In this scenario, my manager, Rene Johnson, took me up on my offer to help her put together a grant proposal to submit to my former employer, the Heathcot-Anne Foundation. Funds were needed for a project to supply safety helmets to children under the age of 16 who cannot afford them. I received an email from my employer containing information she’d collected and put together to help me draft the proposal.

I drafted the proposal and emailed it to Rene as an attachment. In the email, I explain the rational behind my design process; in particular, how I incorporated my research and Rene’s research into the proposal.


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  • Created: November 8, 2018
  • Latest updated: November 15, 2018
  • Tools Used: Microsoft Word 2010, Google Docs
  • Keywords: Grant, Proposal

1. I’m particularly proud of coming up with the acronym for the project: HEAD-ON (Helmet Education and Distribution Outreach Network). My first choice was actually HEAD-ACHE; however, not only could I not find a suitable combination of words, I worried that HEAD-ACHE might come across as being too insensitive and light-hearted; especially since children who crash without a helmet can suffer from serious head injuries.
2. Adapted from “Proposals” in Roger Mungers, Document-Based Cases for Technical Communication, 2nd ed., (New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2013), 45.
3. Roger Munger, Document-Based Cases for Technical Communication, 2nd ed. (Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2013), 37-46.