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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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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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Reviewers Needed

This is on the ACF FaceBook page:
 “We are looking for reviewers, with experience in reviewing for the Office of Family Assistance (OFA), to participate in a review taking place next week (Aug. 28 – Sept. 2). If you have reviewed for OFA in the past, let us know if you are interested in participating in this upcoming review. Please email Nne-Nne at by 4pm on Wednesday, August 24, 2011. Thanks”

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2011 Promise Neighborhoods – CALL FOR PEER REVIEWERS

(Thanks to Nelson Alba)

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII), is seeking individuals to serve as peer reviewers for the FY 2011 Promise Neighborhoods planning and implementation grant competitions. Promise Neighborhoods is a competitive grant program that supports cradle-to-career services designed to improve educational and developmental outcomes for students in distressed urban and rural neighborhoods.

They are seeking peer reviewers from various backgrounds and professions, including: State or district education officials, PK-12 teachers and principals, college or university educators, researchers, evaluators, community development practitioners, social entrepreneurs, strategy consultants with experience in the nonprofit or social sectors, and grant makers or managers. Peer reviewers may have expertise in various geographies, including urban, suburban, rural, and tribal communities. The selected reviewers should have expertise in at least one of the following areas: education reform, community and youth development, strategy and policy, and grant application review.

If you have any questions about the peer review process, please contact email:

Go to this link to apply:

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Reviewers Needed!

Grant Reviewers: The Illinois State Board of Education is looking for grant reviewers for their 21st CCCL grant; follow this link for the contact information:

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