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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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Peer Reviewers for Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS)

All IMLS competitive awards are reviewed by library and museum professionals who know the needs of communities, can share promising practices, and are well versed in the issues and concerns of museums and libraries today. Peer reviewers dedicate their time and expertise to advance the highest professional practices in the field.

Museum reviewers
The IMLS Office of Museum Services offers opportunities to serve as a field reviewer for the following grant programs: Museums for America, Conservation Project Support; and National Leadership Grants for Museums which includes three categories: Research and Demonstration, Building Digital Resources, Advanced Learning Communities. Applications are reviewed by experts in specific funding categories. If you would like to be in the database of potential reviewers, provide information at

Library reviewers
The IMLS Office of Library Services manages competitive awards in three program areas: Librarians for the 21st Century, and Native American/Native Hawaiian Library Services, and National Leadership Grants for Libraries, which includes three categories: Research and Demonstration, Building Digital Resources, Advanced Learning Communities. If you would like to be in the database of potential reviewers, please provide information at

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Correct SAMHSA link for Peer Reviewers

Sorry the old link did not work so try this one:

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HUD Peer Reviewer Information

This information was for 2010 but I recently applied so the link is still good

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Be a Peer Reviewer for Office of Community Services (OCS) and Office of Public Health and Science (OPHS)

If you would like to register to become a reviewer for OCS or OPHS, please navigate to the registration website listed below and follow directions:

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How to Find Programs That Need Peer Reviewers

Now is the time to register to become a peer reviewer for a variety of health, justice and community service grant programs and earn anywhere from $800 to $2,000 for a few days of work.  I list all that I find in my blogs but am always searching for new ones. 

I just discovered a new way to find programs, that match your expertise, that may need peer reviewers.  First you go to this site:

Then you select the agency that you are interested in and type “peer reviewers” in the agencies’ search boxes.  If they have posted an announcement seeking peer reviewers, it will come up.  If that fails you can at least get a contact’s name and email them to see if they have grants and use peer reviewers.

Let me know if this works for you!  Always looking for new leads.

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National Institute of Food and Agriculture Peer Review

To be considered as a reviewer, applicants must send an e-mail message noting his/her organization name and area(s) of expertise (limit to 4 or 5 keywords) to

The Peer Review System (PRS) allows reviewers and potential reviewers to update personal information and to complete and submit reviews online.

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Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) Peer Reviewers

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) seeks qualified individuals interested in reviewing applications for grant programs of the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE). These reviewers (also called field readers or peer reviewers) will independently read and evaluate grant applications submitted to OPE.

This system allows qualified individuals interested in reviewing applications for OPE grant programs to apply online.

Your application to become a field reader will be reviewed by OPE staff to determine whether you have the subject area expertise needed for upcoming competitions. In addition to having subject area expertise, you must be willing to commit the specified amount of time to the application review process and you must meet the field reader requirements explained on the FRS Registration Page.

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The Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration, Division of Youth Services (DYS) is looking for experienced peer reviewers to join panels for review of the applications DYS received for the YouthBuild program.  The YouthBuild program works to provide young people (most are out of school youth without a GED/diploma) to obtain their degree and learn construction skills while building homes for families in need in their communities.

In addition, to ensure an ongoing talent pool, Employment & Training Administration (ETA) is recruiting experts to serve as grant review panelists on a continuous basis. ETA is seeking a diverse pool of expertise from the workforce system, institutions of higher education, community and faith-based organizations, labor, business and industry partners, and other related organizations to review and score these applications along with federal staff. The resumes will be kept on file for future ETA competitions unless otherwise directed by applicants. We anticipate the wide ranging expertise of selected panelists in assisting us in continuing to award grants of the highest quality.

We welcome potential panelists with these particular areas of expertise:
– Delivering services in the Public Workforce Investment System;
– Analyzing labor market information and research;
– Administering or teaching in a technical college, a community college or a four year college with an interest in workforce connections;
– Creating or implementing an apprenticeship program;
– Creating or implementing a training program focused on career pathways, career clusters, or competency models;
– Developing or operating training or hiring outreach programs for energy efficiency and renewable energy businesses and related industries;
– Providing supportive services to individuals engaged in training;
– Recruitment or retention of out-of-school youth in job training programs;
– Human resources strategies within a business or industry;
– Experience and knowledge in implementing training programs with a track record in recruiting, placing and retaining populations with multiple barriers to employment (this population may include but is not limited to: seniors, veterans, displaced homemakers, low-income adults, disconnected youth, limited English proficient persons.)
– Designing or delivering:
             – Open education resources (OER), including but not limited to accelerated learning, hybrid on-site, and other online educational content resources and tools;
            –  Clinical training in the health care industry; integrated basic reading,
            –  numeracy, writing or English language skills with occupational skills training.

Prospective panelists should know that federal paneling is a serious responsibility that requires a commitment of time and expertise. If selected, nonfederal panelists will be compensated for their service. Panelists will not be required to travel to Washington, DC, but will be required to read and evaluate grants independently and subsequently participate in conference calls with other panelists to discuss the grants. Selected panelists must make a commitment to be available for the preparation work leading up to the paneling, which could last as long as two weeks. The estimated workload for selected panelists in reviewing and evaluating grants is between 10 and 15 applications. Panelists will be required to provide written documentation detailing the rationale in support of each score.

No person may serve as a panelist if a conflict of interest, real or perceived, exists. A conflict exists when the prospective panelist, any member of his or her immediate family, his or her partner, or an organization which employs or is about to employ any of the parties indicated herein, has a financial or other interest in an organization seeking financial assistance or which may otherwise benefit by an award decision.
Panelists should not serve if they have a close personal relationship with someone whose financial interests will be affected by awarding of the grant or who is a party or represents a party to the grant award process, such as a close relative, friend or former colleague.

Prospective panelists should note any other biases that may inhibit their ability to fairly and objectively rate an applicant’s proposal for a particular solicitation. A bias may also exist relative to organizations that are named sub-recipients or partners in an application. For example, biases could include but are not limited to: biases against a rival school, a rival state, a rival organization, a rival industry, etc. Any person selected as a panelist must notify the grant officer immediately if, in the course of performing an evaluation of applications, he/she discovers any fact that would disqualify him/her from being a panelist. All selected panelists will be required to sign a “Conflict of Interest/Non Disclosure Statement.”
To apply, please go to:

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Request for Applications for 2011 LSL Peer Reviewers

Please revisit the blog,  “The Hybrid Peer Review” (found below this blog) and note the comment requesting applications from reviewers for the “Improving Literacy through School Libraries”.  Full information about this review is found under the blog,  “CALL FOR PEER REVIEWERS – Improving Literacy through School Libraries” but I have also included basic information about how to apply here.

TO APPLY: Send an updated resume, in DOC or PDF format, to Please include the following in the subject line of your e-mail: “2011 LSL Reviewer”. Your resume should include:

  • Full Name
  • Education (list all college degrees, with dates of degrees, institutions, and majors must be listed)
  • All professional position titles, descriptions, and dates in chronological order beginning with, or going back to, your first position after receiving your B.A. or B.S.
  • A detailed description of your current organizational affiliation, and position title.
  • Telephone numbers (work, home, and fax [if applicable])
  • Home and work mailing addresses
  • Preferred E-mail address

 Please note: If you are retired, please make it clear when you retired, and that you are retired at present, and list all consulting positions or other relevant positions you have taken since retirement. There is no need to emphasize grant writing or grant reviewing experience. Please provide a full description of your professional work experience and substantive professional experience that are relevant to this type of work. We are interested in all work you have accomplished involving elementary and secondary education, literacy, library science/library-related, technology, and performance-based measurements and outcomes.

 If you have any questions about resume requirements or conflict of interest issues, please contact Peter Eldridge at (202) 260-2514,; David Miller at (202) 453-5621,; or Almita Reed at (202) 260-1979, Please do not send resumes to these individuals; send resumes/cover letters to by February 4, 2011.


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Become a Panelist or Peer Reviewer for National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Applications submitted to NEH are evaluated by peer review. Add your name to PRISM, NEH’s database of potential panelists and peer reviewers.

The Panelist/Reviewer Information System (PRISM) is a database of prospective reviewers used by the staff of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The NEH peer review system relies on the advice of humanities scholars and experts in other relevant fields.

Go to this website to register:

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