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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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2011 AmeriCorps State and National Peer Review

Needed Areas of Expertise 

CNCS is looking for individuals to serve as Peer Reviewers with experience in National or Community Service Programs, Grant Making, Nonprofit Management, Volunteer Management, Strategic Planning, federally recognized Indian Tribes, or other related areas.  

 In addition, because this year’s AmeriCorps Funding Opportunity Notice seeks grant applications that specifically align with the priority areas stated in the Serve America Act; accordingly, we need Reviewers with five or more years of demonstrated experience in the respective fields. (Disaster Services, Environmental Stewardship, Veterans and Military Families, Healthy Futures, Economic Opportunity, and Education)


What to Expect

  • The FY2011 AmeriCorps grant competition Peer Review is utilizing a distance-based Field Review model, allowing Reviewers to collaborate and complete their review responsibilities remotely, eliminating the need to travel or meet in person for participation in the review.
  • Each Reviewer will be assigned to a review panel and will read and assess their assigned applications individually, then participate in panel discussions regarding those applications.
  • Some Review Participants are asked to serve as panel Facilitators who coordinate with CNCS staff to chair their review panel, facilitate panel discussions, and summarize strengths and weaknesses.
  • The review process duration is two weeks and can take 40 to 50 hours of work time to complete, depending on individual and panel working styles. There are mandatory orientation and training sessions, as well as panel calls that will require alterations to your normal work and/or activity schedule. Reviewers will download, share, and print the review documents and applications using an online collaboration tool.
  • CNCS offers Reviewers and Facilitators, with the exception of federal employees, a modest honorarium for their participation in a grant review. The honorarium amount varies, but begins at $700 depending on the participant’s role and the expected deliverables.

 How to Respond 

If you are available to participate and commit the required time to be a Peer Reviewer for the FY2011 AmeriCorps* State and National Grant Competition, send an email to and we will note your interest for subsequent communications.  

CNCS has refined the requirements and qualifications for Review Participants to better suit our needs. Therefore, it is imperative that your experience is complete and current in eGrants!  Take note, Reviewers will be selected based on the information contained in their eGrants profile; therefore, your previous participation in a CNCS review will not be factored or guarantee FY2011 recruitment. You should also update your Reviewer Profile in eGrants. (eGrants LogIn Page)  If you have trouble accessing your account, please contact the eGrants Help Desk at or 888-677-7849 (M-F, 8am-8pm EST). Please do not open a new account. 

 Important Information for Participating 

Responding with your availability does not guarantee your participation in this review. Peer Reviewers and Facilitators are selected by CNCS for each grant competition based on their relevant educational and professional qualifications, as well as the number of grant applications received.  If chosen, you will be asked to fill out a Conflict of Interest (COI) Form to determine if any apparent conflict (e.g., involvement with an organization applying for an AmeriCorps Grant, etc.) exists. Please note, as of FY2011, the names of all participating External Reviewers and Facilitators for CNCS grant competitions may be made public.

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When the FY 2011 SS/HS grant application becomes available in early spring, 2011, it can be accessed  on the SS/HS web site at:  . 
It will also be on the OSDFS web site at:
For further information about the SS/HS PSA, please contact Dr. Michael Wells at:

The United States Departments of Education, Justice, Health and Human Services are pleased to announce a new public service announcement that better explains the meaning and essence of the Safe Schools, Healthy Students (SS/HS) Program .  If you had  a problem seeing the PSA, at the following web site::  mms://
Please go to:
In addition, the Safe Schools, Healthy Students “Show Me How” video is now available on the SS/HS web site at:

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Just Announced: Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE): Talent Search (TS) Program CFDA Number 84.044A

This grant was announced yesterday and is due Dec. 28.  See details at:


The purpose of the Talent Search Program is to identify qualified individuals with potential for education at the postsecondary level and encourage them to complete secondary school and undertake a program of postsecondary education. TS projects publicize the availability of, and facilitate the application for, student financial assistance for persons who seek to pursue postsecondary education and encourage persons who have not completed programs at the secondary or postsecondary level to enter or reenter and complete these programs.

Peer Reviewers get ready…lots of applications coming our way about the first of the year!

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Find Federal Grants Fast!

If you are interested in finding about Federal grants as soon as they are announced, go to this site and you will receive daily notification of all new Federal grant opportunities.  Subscribe at:

If you only want to find out about specific types of grants, go to this site and check areas of interest:

You might also want to have them send you updates or critical tips from this site:

Or you can use this application to get both announcements and updates without cluttering your email:

By the way if you haven’t checked out, you should!!! is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards. is a source to FIND and APPLY for federal grants. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is the managing partner for, an initiative that is having an unparalleled impact on the grant community. Learn more about and determine if you are eligible for grant opportunities offered on this site.

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National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grants for Promoting Positive Youth Development

This grant information has just been released.

National Institutes of Health – Reducing Risk Behaviors by Promoting Positive Youth Development (R01)
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is offering grants to effective, evidence-based, gender-inclusive programs that are adapted, translated, or disseminated for new populations of youth and adolescents for the purpose of reduction of youth risk behaviors.

Award amounts vary. Eligible applicants are public/state controlled or private institutions of higher education, nonprofits with or without 501(c)(3) IRS Status, for-profit organizations, and various other organizations, including non-U.S. entities.

Deadline: February 5, 2011

Please contact NIH for more information and to apply for this funding:

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Grief seems to silently collect like dust around you when your guard is down or it can savagely leap out from strange corners when you least expect it.  For the last couple of weeks I have had the “mangles” (don’t look it up in the medical dictionary, it is just my word for things being all out of sorts).  Feeling my age and then some.  Among other ailments, I have a hurt foot and had to cry to get past the doctor’s efficient scheduling girl for an appointment.  It will probably quit hurting as soon as I get to the doctor’s office.  But in the interim, grief has grabbed me around the throat because it knows I am weak today. 

I took this picture from the window of my Dad’s hospital room when I was so clueless.  Surely it has some meaning…

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Time and Grant Writing

(More great grant writing tips from my friend and colleague, Dr. Nelson Alba.)

Before you start putting your grant application together make yourself a working plan.  First, make yourself a fast working plan of salient working steps on the grant. Most grants have a page limitation and required format such as number of pages, doubled space and in some cases type of font to use. Mark those down.

Page limitations require every word in the application is clean and related to the main argument you are making.  Acronym, abbreviation, or initials are a problem. Although they may save you some space in the long run they create a problem for the person reading your grant application.  The grant reader has a limited amount of time to read, analyze and make recommendations. The load may be from five to twelve grants followed by a discussion with other readers. Time is of the essence. In addition, grant readers are required to spell-out all names. Get the idea? If a reader has to stop and find out what an acronym means because he cannot remember, the blame is on you. Important, keep your reader happy. It pays off.

Remember, writing less and making sense is more difficult than writing more. A word on charts and graphs. Charts and graphs can be very helpful and adorns your work. Make sure you need a chart or graph and that they are clear and make sense where you use them. They can also take up a lot of room you may need for cogent information. Be selective and avoid the fancy stuff. Nobody has time for that.

Make sure critical information, and I mean critical information, used on a graph or chart is also included in the written section of your application. You may think you are being repetitious but that is why it is called critical information. Some folks don’t do well reading charts.

Again, above all, place your information and details in the place that was asked for. There is nothing a grant reader enjoys more than an orderly application. One final word, if you want to finish quickly, take your time and you will not have as many corrections. As Napoleon use to say to his valet “Take your time dressing me, I’m in a hurry!”

 Good hunting.

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Need Peer Reviewers with Native American Expertise (OJP)

Peer reviewers with Native American policy expertise are needed to serve as reviewers for the OJP grant programs under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. All interested in becoming a peer reviewer for OJP are asked to submit a current resume or curriculum vitae, including a valid email address, to Amy Callaghan at 

Please put “Tribal Policy Peer Reviewer Candidate Resume” in the subject line. OJP will contact all peer review applicants once the resume information has been entered into the OJP database.

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Register as a 2011 Peer Reviewer for National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

NIJ is seeking reviewers to assess grant applications. The Institute needs reviewers from diverse backgrounds and regions who have relevant expertise and experience in at least one of the following areas:

  • Crime control and prevention research.
  • Criminology, law enforcement or corrections.
  • DNA analysis, research and development.
  • Information and sensor technologies.
  • Investigative and forensic science and technology.
  • Justice systems research.
  • Law enforcement technologies.
  • Violence and victimization research.

Some reviews are conducted remotely, whereas others involve in-person meetings. Reviewers score 10 to 15 applications within a two-to-four-week period. Before beginning their work, reviewers must participate in an orientation telephone call, which covers the role and responsibilities of the reviewers and the background and purpose of the grant program under review.  Participants receive $125 for each application reviewed.

If you are interested in becoming a peer reviewer, please send an up-to-date resume or curriculum vitae, including a valid e-mail address, to Sherran Thomas at or Jami Freitag at

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2011 Peer Reviewers Needed for Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

BJA is currently seeking peer reviewers to assess grant applications in FY 2011. BJA needs reviewers with relevant expertise, from diverse backgrounds, regions and experience in at least one of the following areas:

  • Expertise in law enforcement and gangs.
  • Expertise in crime prevention.
  • Expertise in adjudication.
  • Expertise in corrections, building correctional facilities, and reentry.
  • Expertise in tribal justice.
  • Expertise in education, mentoring, health care, mental health, alcohol and substance abuse, and/or human and social services.
  • Expertise in information sharing and technology.
  • Expertise in research and statistics.

Reviewers will participate remotely and will not be required to attend any in-person meetings. Participants will review and score 10-20 applications within a 2-week period. Reviewers are also required to participate in an Orientation Call before beginning their review. The purpose of the Orientation Call is to define the role and responsibilities of the peer reviewers as well as the background and purpose of the grant program being peer reviewed. Reviewers are paid $125 for each application reviewed.

 If you are interested in becoming a peer reviewer, please submit an up-to-date resume or curriculum vitae, including a valid e-mail address, to: Please put “Peer Reviewer Candidate Resume” in the subject line.

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