Writing the project summary for a Community Challenge Grant

What to include in the project narrative.

Use the prompts under each section to focus your response. Write in complete sentences. The project description should be 8 pages or fewer. All sections are required.

Attach photos, maps, and designs or drawings of the project.


Summary (about 150 words)

Provide a short overview of the proposed project including:

  • The goal of the project
  • Why it's needed 
  • The communities, groups, and organizations involved

We may use this summary on the CCG website, in reports, or in other public documents. 


Design and impacts (about 1500 words)

Present a thoughtful and realistic project design that includes:

  • Where the project will be
  • How your organization developed the design
  • How you involved the community involved in the design process
  • 2 of the projects core goals
  • Any permits you'll need and how they affect the timeline
  • Project timeline 
  • Major project milestones
  • How the project will affect the community


Community engagement (about 300 words)

Describe why the community needs this project. Show that community members support it. Be sure to include:

  • The community needs that the project will meet
  • How you identified these needs
  • The data you have to show these needs 
  • Which diverse and under-served communities the project will serve
  • How community members will take part during and after the project
  • How you will manage and document participation
  • Other community stakeholders and partners


Racial equity

Tell us how you plan to include communities of color, including:

  • Outreach and engagement strategies 
  • Opportunities to participate
  • How people of color who own local businesses will benefit
  • Other strategies the project will use to address racial equity


Capacity (about 300 words)

Tell us about your ability to complete and maintain the project, including:

  • Your organization's role
  • Any resources you'll use to increase the project's success 
  • The project lead, project staff, and their related experience
  • Any projects the team has done that are similar in size 
  • What makes your organization qualified to do this project
  • How your organization shows its commitment to racial equity, diversity, and inclusion
Last updated May 19, 2022

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