25 Free Project Charter Templates

Download these 25 Free Project Charter Templates created using MS Word, MS Excel and in PDF Format to assist you in preparing your own Project Charter easily.

A legal document that announces the beginning of a project is commonly known as project charter. Amazingly the first charter dates back to as far as 800 years when the first charter was made to enlist the rights of civilians of feudal England. Later, it went through some changes but even the United States constitution is a form of this charter containing most of the same characteristics. If we want to explain a project charter briefly, it is referred to a document issued by an authorized person who is creating an entity i.e. a new project and it should include its purpose, principles, rights, rules and obligations of involved stakeholders.

Importance of Project Charter:

In modern project management, a project charter is the document that is given to the stakeholders i.e. clients to ensure they understand the scope of the project and agree to it by signing the charter. On one hand, this charter ensures clear understanding of what the company understands about the expectations of the client and how the project team has decided to deliver the project. This might include the beginning of the project, important milestones, completion time and most importantly, the budget of the project.

From the perspective of the client, this project charter tells him if the company understands what he wishes to see after the completion of the project, scope of the project, copyright situation and various characteristics of the project. Some people assume project charter and project scope are the same documents but in reality, they are different. Project scope document is the initial draft that is given to the client to confirm if he agrees with it or if he wants to change anything. Once the scope is confirmed by the client, project charter is created and immediately after it’s signed, the project officially begins.

Key Elements of a Project Charter:

  • Description of the project
  • Introduction to the involved stakeholders
  • Details of the end product i.e. completion of the project
  • Purpose of the project i.e. business need that it will fulfill
  • Key characteristics or features of the project
  • Important milestones
  • Project completion time period
  • Required budget
  • Details of exclusions

Free Project Charter Templates

Here are previews and download links for these free Project Charter Templates.

Project Charter Template 01

Here is download link for this Project Charter Template 01 in MS Word format,

Download Button

 

Checkout another good looking Project Charter Template to help you in preparing your very own Project Charter easily.

Project Charter Template 02

Download link for this Project Charter Template 02 in MS Word format is bellow,

Download Button

 

Project Charter Template 03

Here is download link for this Project Charter Template 03 in MS Word Format,

Download Button

Project Charter Template 04

Please click on the link bellow to start downloading this Project Charter Template 04 in ZIP format,

Download Button

 

Project Charter Template 05

Here is download link for this good looking Project Charter Template 05 in MS Word file format (DOCX).

Download Button

Project Charter Template 06

Download this Project Charter Template 06 in Microsoft Excel Format to help you out.

Download Button

Project Charter Template 07

Here is download link for this Project Charter Template 07 in MS Word format  (inside a ZIP file).

Download Button

 

Project Charter Template 08

Yet another useful Project Charter Template created using MS Word format,

Download Button

 

Project Charter Template 09

Checkout download link for this good looking Project Charter Template 09 in MS Word format.

Download Button

 

Project Charter Template 10

Here is download link for this good looking Project Charter Template 10 in MS Word format,

Download Button

 

Project Charter Template 11

Download link for this Project Charter Template 11 is bellow,

Download Button

 

Project Charter Template 12

Here is download link for this Project Charter Template 12 in MS Word file format.

Download Button

Project Charter Template 13

Download link for this Project Charter Template 13 is bellow,

Download Button

 

Project Charter Template 14

Here is download link for this good looking Project Charter Template 14 in MS Word format,

Download Button

Project Charter Template 15

Please click on the download button bellow to start downloading this Project Charter Template 15 inside ZIP file.

Download Button

 

Project Charter Template 16

Here is download link for this good looking Project Charter Template 16 in MS Word format.

Download Button

 

Project Charter Template 17

Download link for this good looking Project Charter Template 17 is bellow,

Download Button

 

Project Charter Template 18

Please click on the download button bellow to start downloading this Project Charter Template 18.

Download Button

Project Charter Template 19

Here is download link for this good looking Project Charter Template 19 in MS Word format,

Download Button

Project Charter Template 20

Download link for this Project Charter Template 20 in MS Word format,

Download Button

 

 

Common Application of a Project Charter:

To give Authority to Project Team:

If you ask a project manager about what is the most common cause of delays in a project. The most common answer you get is to get approval of client or customer. It’s a common scenario that when things are not cleared initially. Project manager is required to seek permission of the client for almost all major portions of the project. With the project charter, these major milestones or tasks are already enlisted and by signing the charter, the client gives authority to the project manager and team members.

To get Management Support in Written:

You will be surprised to see how often it happens that the management just disapprove or disown a major part of a project just because it was not explained well in the beginning. With the project charter in place, not only that the client signs it to give approval but there is also the signature from the higher management to confirm they approve the project and will support the project manager and team members for successful and timely completion of the project.

Confirm Expectations of the Customer:

Sometimes clients disapprove or completely reject the end results of a project not because the project team made a mistake but it’s mostly because there wasn’t clear understanding of what the client expects out of the project. With a project charter in place, the project manager can ensure to explain each aspect of the project and to verify if the client has any objection or if he agrees with it.

To clarify Nature and Scope of the Project:

Explaining the overall project to the client is important but so is the explanation of the scope and nature of the project. This part of the project charter is actually the project scope where the project manager explains how they will complete the project, the time it will take to complete the project, important milestones completion duration and the overall budget of the project. If necessary, this part can also state potential risks and possible delays involved in project completion.

To align Project direction in the Right Way:

This purpose or application of a project charter is usually for internal or organizations use only. It’s quite often that during execution of a project, it’s seen that the project is not aligned with the overall objectives and goals of the organization and if the direction is not decided prior to project beginning, it can create problems and major delays to think of alternate ways that actually align with the correct organizational objective direction.

Here are more free Project Charter Templates bellow,

Project Charter Template 21

Download link for this Project Charter Template 21 in MS Word format,

Download Button

 

Project Charter Template 22

Here is download link for this good looking Project Charter Template 22 in MS Word format,

Download Button

 

Project Charter Template 23

Download link for this good looking Project Charter Template 23 in MS Word format,

Download Button

Project Charter Template 24

Here is download link for this good looking Project Charter Template 24 in MS Word format,

Download Button

 

Project Charter Template 25

Please click on the download button bellow to start downloading this Project Charter Template 25,

Download Button

 

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *