Definitions for "Preliminary Proposal"
A short version of your proposal sent to a grantor for internal review. Staff members of the funder will advise you whether or not your proposed project is likely to be competitive in a full-scale proposal competition. This is sometimes called a concept statement or paper, a mini-proposal or letter of intent.
A brief, early draft of the proposal, used to elicit feedback from the prospective funder so that the proposal may be more closely tailored to funder expenditures. Also known as a discussion paper, proposal or pre-application.
occasionally required by a funding source as a first step in the submission process; a proposal containing only the essentials necessary to convey the idea to be proposed more formally at a later date. (See Pre-Application.)