Create a proposal that can land a dream deal with Canva’s professional templates and online design tools.
Creating a great proposal has the ability to open doors for many professionals. From students to business development managers, proposals can help you get funding, close business deals and gain new clients just to mention a few. You’ve worked hard on your ideas, so it’s only right that they look just as great through a professional-quality proposal design.
The best part is, you won’t have to work as hard on designing your proposal. Canva is especially perfect for those who have little to no design experience or just have very little time to spend on design. Just browse through the various templates available in Canva then edit the content and as much or as little of the design elements as you want or need. Download your new file as a PDF, JPEG or PNG file ready for printing or sharing.
Log in or sign up for Canva using your Facebook or Google account. Search for the “Proposal” design type and start from scratch or browse through templates for inspiration.
Whether you’re looking for a marketing proposal, design proposal or art exhibit proposal template, you’ll find just the right fit for your project. Add keywords to fit the theme, color, style and mood that you want to narrow down your search. Click on the template that you like to start designing.
Canva’s library has millions of stock photos, images, illustrations, icons, charts and more. Drag and drop elements onto your page and rearrange them to create the effect you want.
Personalize your design even more by mixing and matching elements. Upload your own photos, images and branding elements. Choose a unique color scheme, background and font style.
Save your design as a JPG, PNG or PDF. Upload as a file or share via email in a few easy clicks. Go back into the editor and make changes to your design any time.
Format your proposals properly using Canva’s comprehensive text tools. Choose from over a hundred font types in Canva to really capture the tone you want for your proposal. Add headings, subheadings and body text with just a click each. You can also control everything from font size to font color. Emphasize certain points by using the underline, bold or italics text formatting tools.
Underscore certain sections or points by including an image to act as a visual aid. Canva hosts an amazing media library with over a million stock photos, illustrations and icons you can include in our proposal design. Use the search bar to find a specific image, then drag and drop it into your workspace. Each photo in Canva is carefully curated and reviewed so they’re sure to look good whether on print or on the screen.
Proposals can be tricky and time consuming. If you’ve got a team to help you out, why not collaborate with them? Get their ideas, thoughts, edits and input by sharing your proposal design as an editable file. Simply click on the share button, tick the box giving them editing access, then send out the generated link. Since Canva’s on the cloud, you and your collaborators can access your design anytime from anywhere in the world on any computer, laptop or even iPad, iPhone or Android device.
A proposal should start with an executive summary of your challenge and solution; next, you’ll describe your approach to solving the problem in detail; outline your project deliverables and milestones; explain your budget expectations; introduce your team; add case studies or testimonials; and end with a call-to-action.
A typical research proposal is between 2,000 and 3,500 words (4-7 pages) long. Technically, there is no limit to how short or long the proposal should be, but it’s important to keep in mind that whoever is reading your proposal most likely has many other proposals to read.
A great research proposal:
Don’t be too descriptive or leave out the main point of the proposal.