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An Opportunity to Review Federal Grants

There is no better way to learn how to write grants than to sit on the other side of the table: be a grant reviewer.    You gain insight into the review process and better understand what really matters in an application (and what details are not so important.)  Many readers write to ask how they can become a grant reader – well, here is an opportunity to do just that!  I’d be applying as a reviewer except that I am writing one of these grants, and the presents a conflict of interest that disqualifies me (rightly so!)  My hope is that one of my readers will take advantage of the opportunity in my place.  The details are pasted below.

If you’re not interested in reviewing these grants, you may want to reread one of the articles in Find Funding Magazine: Secrets From a Grant Reviewer

Good luck!  If any of you become reviewers, I’d love to hear about it.



OJJDP Seeks Peer Reviewers for FY 2009 Grant Applications

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is seeking qualified consultants to serve as peer reviewers for its FY 2009 discretionary grant applications.

The peer review process provides an objective, independent assessment of applications through reviewers with subject matter expertise, who evaluate their strengths and weaknesses.

OJJDP invites researchers and practitioners with expertise in juvenile justice to apply to serve as peer reviewers. Expertise in the following areas would be particularly helpful and should be noted, when applying:

addressing commercial sexual exploitation of children
developing/implementing community collaboratives/partnerships
juvenile detention/reentry involving tribal youth
knowledge/experience working with tribal youth/families/communities
law enforcement with experience in investigating crimes against children
youth and adult employment development/training.
To apply, attach an up-to-date resume or curriculum vitae to an e-mail addressed to OJJDP.discretionary@usdoj.gov with “Peer Reviewer Candidate” in the subject line. Be sure to note your areas of expertise in the message body and to provide complete contact information, including your e-mail address. Prospective peer reviewers will be contacted by OJJDP’s peer review contractor.

The application deadline is April 27, 2009.

About Katie

the editor of Find Funding. Her writing about grants & nonprofits has been published in Charity Channel's Grants & Foundation Review and NONPROFIT WORLD.

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