English 371: Executive Summary


The Executive Summary -- sometimes called the Abstract -- is a miniature version of the entire grant proposal. In just 1 or 2 pages, it gives the reader -- the person reviewing your proposal -- an overview of the community need, the project designed to address that need (including goals and objectives), the budget, and the organization making the proposal.

Write the Executive Summary so that someone who reads this component and nothing more would be able to understand what your proposal is about. Grantfunders receive a great many grant proposals, and the first step in their review process is to determine which ones they want to spend more time reading -- and which ones to put aside. Your job with the Executive Summary is to make them interested in reading the entire proposal.

Executive Summary Samples

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Executive Summary evaluation criteria

Adapted from OGWB and WGSBS