Librarian's Handbook for Seeking, Writing, and Managing Grants

By Sylvia D. Hall-Ellis; Stacey L. Bowers et al. | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 8
After the Proposal

After your proposal is submitted, the grant team may fall into a post-project development malaise. The experienced grant writer keeps the following points in mind while awaiting a decision from the funding agency.

The time between proposal submission and award notification varies from a few weeks to many months. In the case of state and federal grants, the average wait is approximately four months. The proposal guidelines include an estimated timeline. The grant award may be made after the announced date for a number of reasons.

The funding agency may receive more proposals than had been anticipated. In such situations, the number of available reviewers may not be sufficient and additional readers will need to be recruited. Training new reviewers requires time that may not be included in the announcement. A thorough review process requires significant time, especially if the applications are lengthy. Multi-year grants are complex and detailed. These documents require that reviewers spend several hours reading and scoring each grant proposal.

Problems and delays beyond the funding agency’s control may occur. Panelists may become unavailable, receive summons for jury duty, suffer family crises, or have accidents. During the mid-1990s, in early 2003, and again in 2010, winter blizzards forced federal officials to close their Washington, D.C. offices for several days, thus putting all activities behind schedule.

In short, the waiting time prior to notification remains an estimated rather than a firm date. Government agencies customarily make grant awards prior to the end of the current fiscal year. If the awards are not

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface xi
  • Introduction xv
  • Part 1 - Grant Development 1
  • Chapter 1 - Planning- The Core of Proposal Development 3
  • Chapter 2 - Project Design 41
  • Chapter 3 - Project Narrative 65
  • Chapter 4 - Project Personnel 85
  • Chapter 5 - Project Evaluation 101
  • Chapter 6 - Budget Development 141
  • Chapter 7 - Appendices 167
  • Part 2 - Implementation and Management 183
  • Chapter 8 - After the Proposal 185
  • Chapter 9 - Implementing the Project 195
  • Chapter 10 - Managing the Project Day-to-Day 225
  • Chapter 11 - Project Accountability 253
  • Chapter 12 - Project Closeout 289
  • Glossary of Grant Terms 291
  • Bibliography 299
  • Index 305
  • About the Authors 315
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