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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

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Worst Grant Review Ever! Or Did They Ever Do Me Wrong!

I would like to use this blog as a resource for grant writers, grant reviewers and grant funders.  At present, the baby is still in the incubator but I hope to bring it up to be a big strong resource for all of us.  I want it to be a place where everyone can provide their […]

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Grant Writing 101 – Keep it Simple/Sample PEP grant

My partner and I wrote a Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) grant back in 2003. It was funded and has been very successful for the school. It incorporates the many grant writing tips that I have posted on my blog, It is not fancy (just written by two old country girls) but it got the job done. It provided the facts in a straightforward down to earth manner.

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Grant Writing 101 – Why Grant Writers Should Do Peer Reviews & How to Become a Peer Reviewer

I wrote grants for several years before I did a peer review. That was pure ignorance on my part. It only took one review for me to realize that I had hit the jackpot. I can truthfully say that I have learned something from every application that I have read.

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Grant Writing 101 – The Importance of Formatting

When responding to a Request For Proposal (RFP), it is important to follow the formatting guidelines.  These usually include margins, font size, line spacing, page limitations and page numbering. Keep in mind these are actually guidelines and NOT suggestions.  Most departments do not allow reviewers to take off points for not following the guidelines but […]

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The Ghost Train

I live near a small, rural town in Western Oklahoma.  All around are rolling green hills with dirt as red as the blood of Chief Blackkettle’s people and horses when Custer came to call.  On that day, they say that the Washita River ran red with the blood of hundreds of slaughtered horses.  Today the river winds […]

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Grant Writing 101: Goals and Objectives for Vampire Slaying

Once you have clearly established need for a specific Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) or grant application, it is time to determine a goal and develop measurable objectives.  For example, your need section has established that your targeted population is a small rural village with 500 people and neighboring vampires are picking off villagers at a […]

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Grant Writing 101: Need or How to Have Them at Hello

Usually one of the first criteria to be addressed by all government Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) is the Need Section.  This is your first opportunity to dazzle the reviewers with your brilliance.  However, this is no place for your “poor pitiful Pearl” stories.  When you are writing for the government they are immune to your […]

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Grant Writing 101: Details or “The Extent to Which…”

The majority of Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) peer reviewer criteria starts with the words, “The extent to which…” and the reviewer’s score will reflect this extent.   Therefore, if you plan on getting even close to maximum score, you had better provide details for each criteria.  It is not one, two, skip a few!  Address all […]

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Kindred Spirits

He was a SIDS baby and wore a monitor for the first year of his life.  He stopped breathing many times every night.  We were almost scared to love him because it would hurt too bad if we lost him.  It took courage to love him but he gave us no choice, he was special.  […]

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Grant Writing 101: Why You Didn’t Get Funded

After reviewing a wide variety of grants for countless years, I have found that I have a lot of insight that I want to share with all of the grant writers who pass through my reviews.  To some I would just say, “Good job, your organization and presentation was excellent!” (which is why I awarded […]

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