Tips & Templates

Student Workbook

A step-by-step guide in writing a CFW proposal
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Proposal Guidelines

Title Page: Insert the PROJECT NAME as a page footer in the essay.
  • No student or school names are allowed to appear in the proposal
  • Introduction (1-2 paragraphs)
  • Provide background information on the local watershed (1 paragraph)
  • Identify an issue or concern (1 paragraph)
  • Proposed solution (1 paragraph)
  • Explanation of solution (5-7 paragraphs)
  • Explain the nature and scope of the unique idea (2-4 paragraphs)
  • Define potential impact or benefits of your solution (2-4 paragraphs)
  • Identify the potential for implementing the idea, including a detailed budget (2-4 paragraphs or chart)
  • Conclusion (1-2 paragraphs)
  • Include diagrams, graphics & charts
  • Include supporting research and development on the local watershed and solution
  • Include the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Citations: All research that has been quoted, paraphrased or summarized must have proper in-text citations (such as APA or MLA guidelines).

Sample Proposals

Ideas Students Can Consider

Finalists Only

Verbal Competition Guidelines:
  • Limit your presentation to five minutes
  • Use aids (Power Point, models, poetry, stories, demonstrations, posters, charts or videos)
  • Sell your idea.
  • Anticipate questions from the judges: Long-term positive impact? Funding sources? Implementation costs? Marketability of product or idea?
  • View tips on public speaking here