Try not to make your paragraphs longer than 3 or 4 lines. When your paragraphs are short, people will read them easily. But if they are long, it will seem overwhelming to people. The colors you use in your newsletter design is important as well. So you should know a little about colors psychology. It's not hard. You must already know about the effect of every color on people, before designing or choosing your newsletter template.
When you are writing your proposal, attention to detail is very important. You must write everything in clear and concise English. You should never use slang and only use the technical terms that you must use. The person who is reading your proposal may be a lay person and become confused if you use too many technical terms or job related slang words and phrases. Color for your graphs and charts is quite acceptable and as it eye catching can mean the difference between submitting a wining proposal and one that ended up in the "also ran" file.