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Fractured Prism

Welcome to the Fractured Prism. This is my domain (I love the sound of that, kind of like my kingdom), where I will share reflections of the many facets of my life. At the very least, I am a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, friend, homemaker, teacher, counselor, and grant writer. Through the years, I have been professionally cut and polished or just accidental fractured into thousands of pieces and have thoughts about them all. I have found that I am writing for many reasons but mostly to share my small bits of wisdom. Come back often because each reflection will be different. My ultimate goal is to have a place where grant writers, grant reviewers and funders can network. So if you are into grant writing or grant reviewing please leave your name and email. Linda Beason

Peer Reviews

The peer review section is provided for those who are interested in being peer reviewers. I am not sure that all the contact information is current but you can always call the office and get current information.

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2015 Student Support Services grant review will be big!!!

The Department of Education anticipates about 2000 applications for the Student Support Services Program.  Review will probably be in Jan or Feb of 2015.  They will need many reviewers and about one-third will have to be new reviewers.  This is great place to get started if you are interested in reviewing.   Go to this site to apply to review to be a reviewer.  It is for 2014 but will get you on mailing list for 2015.

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Hurricanes, Fires, Bombs…the review must go on!!!

Grant reviewing season is winding down and I finally have a little free time to get back to blogging.  It was quite a year as I did many reviews for different departments and spent a lot of time in one of my favorite places —Washington DC.  As a reviewer this year, I survived fire drills, bomb threats and hurricanes but all with good friends and fellow reviewers that I have met through the years.   It was not easy work as I think reviewing gets harder each year.  In order to get the money to the right applicants, the funders ask for more and more creditability (and rightly so).  The criteria for each competition grows as do the Competitive Priorities.  However, reviewing is still one of my favorite pasttimes…love the challenge of getting the money to the most deserving!

One of my favorite reviews this year was the Promise Neighborhood.  This review had sufficient time for careful reviewing, was extremely well-organized, paid well and over all provided a good environment for working.  The staff was very respectful of reviewers.  Clearly one of my top rated reviews!

Going to start searching for upcoming reviews…let me know if you find any new reviews.


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2012 Call for Charter Schools Program Peer Reviewers

The Charter Schools Program (CSP) at the U.S. Department of Education is seeking peer reviewers (field readers) to read and evaluate discretionary grant applications submitted under the program’s discretionary grant competitions.  Serving as a peer reviewer is an excellent opportunity to contribute to our country’s education reform efforts by ensuring the effective allocation of federal grant funds to the most promising grant projects.

The purpose of the CSP is to increase national understanding of the charter school model and to expand the number of high quality charter schools available to students across the nation.  The CSP provides financial assistance for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of public charter schools; evaluation of the effects of charter schools; and dissemination of information about charter schools and successful practices in charter schools.

Qualifications: The CSP is seeking peer reviewers with expertise in at least one of the following areas:

  • State Educational Agency (SEA) charter school program grant administration
  • Charter management organizations
  • Charter school planning, program design, and implementation
  • High-quality charter school start-up and expansion
  • Charter school assessment and evaluation
  • Charter school policy and research
  • Charter school authorizing
  • Charter school technical assistance and resources
  • Charter school leadership and professional development
  • Charter school administration and operation

How to Apply: If you would like to be considered as a peer reviewer for the CSP, please email a copy of your current resume or vitae to  Your resume should clearly address your charter school background or expertise.

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2012 Call for Peer Reviewers – Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL)

The U.S. Department of Education is accepting resumes and letters of interest from individuals wishing to serve as a peer reviewer in the new upcoming Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) discretionary grant competition. At this point, we anticipate that the review process will occur entirely off-site (via telecommunication and the internet).


If you would like to be considered, we ask that you submit your response to the attached Call for Peer Reviewers to, no later than April 30, 2012. Please feel free to share this announcement with peers and colleagues as appropriate.

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Office of Head Start is Seeking 2012 Reviewers

The Office of Head Start is Seeking Reviewers. If you have a profile in ACFGO, you will receive an email within the next few days with more information.

If you would like to share this opportunity with your colleagues or friends who are NOT registered in ACFGO, please share with them this link:

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The SAMHSA Grant Review Office – Peer Review Process

The following site has detailed information about the peer review process for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant programs.  SAMHSA has an excellent review program.  They pay better than most and are generally done at home with little stress.   Love to work for SAMHSA : )

To apply to SAMHSA go to the following link and look under “grants” tab:

SAMHSA also has a great blog at:





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Comment Blast

Blog was hit today with thousands of comments…most of them about how to enlarge private parts that I do not have or where to buy knockoff purses.  In order to shut them down, I had to delete all and close comment box.  My apologies to those who sent legitimate comments as I wasn’t able to sift through and find them.  As you probably noticed, I am not a very smart blogger and really do not understand how these people benefit from making my life difficult.  Hope I have them shut down!

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Notice Soliciting OPE Peer Reviewers (Field Readers)

The U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Postsecondary Education, Higher Education Programs is seeking peer reviewers (field readers) to read and evaluate discretionary grant applications.  Refer to the Competition Schedule for a listing of upcoming TRIO grant competitions.

If you are interested in serving as a field reader for TRIO grant competitions or other programs within the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), you must use the  Online Field Reader Application Form.  The purpose of this form is to allow qualified individuals interested in reviewing applications for OPE grant programs to apply online without having to submit a separate resume.  Please note that we are no longer accepting resumes by mail or fax.

The online field reader application form is available at where first-time users may register into the Field Reader System and previously registered users may log in as well as update their profile information.   On this site, potential readers provide OPE with information about their educational background and expertise, their technology skills, their grant reading history, and program experience history.  Applying to be a field reader through this site is the first step in the selection process.  Interested persons must still be deemed qualified for a particular reading, indicate their availability for a reading, and be selected before they actually become a reader.

The application review process involves orientation, reading and evaluating applications, and discussions with other panelists.  Panelists will evaluate and score applications using the U.S. Department of Education’s (Department) published selection criteria.  Selected field readers will travel to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area to finalize their evaluations and complete the peer review process.

Field readers will receive a flat fee honorarium of $100 plus $10 for ink and supplies for each completed application that is accepted as final by the Department.  Field readers will normally expect to read approximately 10 applications per session.

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Handbook for Reviewers

I found this excellent online handbook for grant reviewers by Karen Morison and I am going to create a link below.  It is full of all types of good information.  As Karen says, ” it is designed to help teach you all about the federal grant review process so that you can help the government make those funding decisions. You will learn how the process works, what all the terms mean, tips on how to be an effective reviewer, and, finally, how you can be considered to be a grant reviewer.”

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This was written by an experienced reviewer, Lyn Whitehead.  It has a lot of good information and links to reviews.  Thanks Lyn for sharing! 

I decided to put this together for my friends that are interested in applying to become grant/peer reviewers for the Federal government. Let me know if you have any questions but here are a few things to consider:

In order to expedite the process, make sure you send them ALL the info they request, such as resumes, writing samples, etc., in addition to the application. It often takes a while to get selected for a review, so you don’t want to further hinder the process.

Opportunities are available for those that both, like to travel and for those that prefer to do reviews at home.

If you want to do reviews onsite, they are usually held in Wash. DC, VA or MD. All flights are paid for in advance and you will be reimbursed for food. Most of the reviews I’ve been to provide a breakfast and lunch buffet and you pay for dinner on your own. The per diem reimbursement for dinner is about $36 if I remember correctly. For those that don’t provide any meals, reimbursement is about $73. You are also responsible for any parking, baggage and other fees, but they will be reimbursed.

If you want to do reviews at home, make sure you have a working computer, a landline phone, a printer, a fax machine or scanner, and a quiet place to have your phone conferences.

All of the agencies listed here provide stipends unless otherwise stated. They generally range from $150 to $300 per day. For onsite reviews, many agencies pay on the last day of the review. Some (such as OVW) send a check within 4-6 weeks. Homebased reviews generally send your check within 60 days.

I do have my personal preferences. 1) I prefer onsite because I love a free trip and it’s easier to get the work done without distractions. PLUS—you get your paycheck before you leave! 2) My favorite agencies to work for are OVW and DOL. I’ve enjoyed OVW because the logistics people are terrific; the reading and scoring is easy; and they pay the most! DOL has an easy review process as well and they pay a decent sum compared to others as well.

The review season for many agencies is Feb. through August. Some, such as HRSA, review throughout the year, but you should apply to all the agencies for the best chances of getting selected this year.

To learn more about general grant writing, volunteer to review proposals at your local United Way. They don’t pay anything but it’s great for networking.

Here are some links for more reading about the review process and more links to applications:



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