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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 Review for U.S. Department of Education Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS)

 If you are interested in reviewing for the U.S. Department of Education Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, go to the site below and complete the peer reviewer checklist (PDF) document and submit online or email it along with a current resume, to 



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Peer Reviewers Needed for U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

Every year DOJ gives out millions of dollars in grants/contracts to state and local governments, Indian tribes, profit and non-profit organizations, including faith-based and other community organizations, and other groups.  The overwhelming majority of applications for this grant/contract money must be reviewed by peer reviewers. Who are peer reviewers? Just regular citizens like you with an interest/expertise in the area a particular grant pertains to.

Grant/contract-making agencies at DOJ include the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Community Capacity Development Office, the Office on Violence Against Women, the Bureau of Prisons, and Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). Among the grants/contracts that must be reviewed every year include those for residential reentry services for ex-offenders, stopping/assisting with the effects of domestic violence and child abuse, helping victims of crime and their families, preventing gang-related violence, and giving our youth positive life choices.

If you are chosen as a grant/contract reviewer for a program at DOJ, the government will pay for your travel, lodging, and meal expenses and provide you with a stipend for your help. (Note: Most reviews are held in Washington, DC.)

So, if you have an interest in becoming a grant/contract reviewer, please send a copy of your resume and your areas of experience (i.e., working with youth, ex-offenders, victims of domestic violence, victims of crime, etc.) to Amy Callaghan and Kirstin Phillips.

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2011 Peer Reviewer Needed for AmeriCorps

Go to the website below to apply to be a peer reviewer for  AmeriCorps.  The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that encourages Americans of all ages and backgrounds to engage in community-based service. Through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, the Corporation has engaged citizens of all ages and backgrounds in helping to meet pressing local needs for more than a decade. The Corporation’s programs provide human and other resources to community- and faith-based groups to empower them to meet local needs in education, the environment, public safety, disaster preparedness and homeland security, and other critical areas.

The Corporation makes grants to organizations that use citizen service as a strategy to meet critical national and community needs, foster an ethic of civic responsibility, and strengthen the ties that bind us together as a nation. Each year the Corporation seeks qualified individuals to serve as peer reviewers and facilitators for its grant competition process.

If you would like to serve as a peer reviewer or a facilitator for a grant review and have not already completed an application in eGrants, please read further and complete the required Peer Reviewer application at

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Be a 2011 Peer Reviewer for Administration of Children & Families (Health Department)

Apply at the website below to review for the Administration of Children & Families (US Department of Health and Human Services). Departments include Child Care Bureau, Children’s Bureau, Family and Youth Services Bureau, & Head Start Bureau). Grant reviewing is an important step in the funding process. Grant reviews are designed to choose the best programs for funding out of a competitive group. Grant application reviewers are selected for their expertise and their ability to objectively evaluate the quality of an application. They are expected to use their expertise to assess the applications according to the evaluation criteria published. Grant application reviewers accept the responsibilities of thoroughly reading all applications, fully contributing to panel discussions, and producing accurate evaluations.

Interested individuals from any organization, university, program center, or occupation dealing with children and/or family services are encouraged to submit their resume and writing sample.

Training will be available on-site for first time ACYF/OHS grant application reviewers as well as more experienced reviewers.  Many grant reviews take place May through September in Washington D.C.; travel will be arranged. Grant reviews may also take place electronically via a secure website.  All grant reviewers (local or out-of-town) for on-site reviews receive $150 per day of review participation. Panel chairpersons (local or out-of-town) receive $200 per day. Field review compensation varies. Generally, payment is made on the last day of the review. This payment is subject to Federal income tax.

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Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Reviewers

SAMHSA reviewers must have related program experience and education, be able to analyze grant applications effectively against specific criteria, be able to express their evaluation clearly in writing, and be interested in contributing to the advancement of knowledge. Specifically, the agency is interested in reviewers with the following specific program experience and knowledge:

  • Individuals with background in mental health services and knowledge of community-based systems of care and services for adults with serious mental illnesses and children with serious emotional disturbances.
  • Individuals with background and knowledge of substance abuse prevention, who have expertise or experience in working with activities that discourage substance abuse and behaviors increasing the risk of substance abuse.
  • Individuals with expertise in evidence-based effective substance abuse treatment services, programs and activities.

Grant reviewers gain many skills out of their experience such as:

  • Understanding of the grant-making process
  • Opportunity to network with colleagues
  • Chance to exercise professional judgment and expertise
  • Intellectual challenge

Reviewers are chosen for particular grant programs, based on their knowledge, education and experience.

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Office of Justice Programs (OJP) 2011 Peer Reviewers Needed

Peer Reviewers Needed

OJP is interested in expanding their 2011 pool of expert peer reviewers. Help improve public safety by working with OJP to advance innovative and successful criminal and juvenile justice programs and services.

Each year, thousands of grant applications are submitted to OJP for criminal and juvenile justice funding opportunities. Peer reviewers provide subject matter expertise that informs the grant selection process. They read and evaluate applications in their field, giving scores and summarizing strengths and weaknesses. This information is used by OJP as part of a larger decision-making process.

Reviewers are given 2 weeks to read and evaluate 10–20 applications and participate in a consensus review. The estimated time commitment ranges from 25–30 hours per assignment and compensation is provided.

Opportunities for peer reviewers are available now. Start the enrollment process by sending an e-mail to

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New Notice Soliciting Peer Reviewers (OELA & NAM Field Readers)

Found this notice this week and thought I would share.  Peer Reviews are the best way to improve your grant writing.  Will post others as I find them.

The U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), Native American and Alaska Native Children in School Program (NAM) is seeking peer reviewers (field readers) with experience in ESL and American Indian/ Alaska Native Education programs  to read and evaluate discretionary grant applications for FY 2011.
If you are available to commit  from February 4th to February 15th, 2011, read 2 applications (maximum 35 pages each) per day, and available to panel every day, please email your resume providing information about your educational background and expertise, technology skills, grant reading history, and program experience history to
Vendors and individuals who do business with the Department must also register in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) System and acquire a DUNS number. The CCR is maintained by the Department of Defense. It is a Web-based database of business information on more than 290,000 registered vendors. It is well established, well known, widely used, and provides for fast, free and easy registration. Please read the information regarding vendor registration in the CCR.
The NAM program will be using the G5 e-Reader System the Department’s electronic field reading system to review grant applications.
Field readers must have the following in order to use G5 e-Reader:
1.    Access to the Internet from home;
2.    Microsoft Word; and
3.    Cookies and JavaScript enabled in the browser.
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 published selection criteria. Selected field readers will receive a copy of each assigned application electronically. Some applications will be mailed to readers, if the applicant had an approved waiver. They will review applications at their home and enter comments and scores on each application electronically into the Department’s G5 e-Reader database. Paneling of applications will be conducted through pre-scheduled telephone conference calls that require the participation of all panel members. All scores and comments must be entered into G5 e-Reader by the designated date. No travel to Washington, D.C. will be necessary.
Field readers will receive a flat fee honorarium for the entire review period based on the established number of reading days and applications. Since the number of reading days and applications to be reviewed may vary, you will be informed of the amount of the honorarium at the time of your selection as a field reader.
We will accept Resumes until November 1st, 2010.  Potential selected reviewers will be notified by email to schedule a telephone interview.

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