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    I'm submitting both a vehicle and a ops/safety grant this year. My question is, the first two opening paragraphs could be the same b/c they are only describing the department. Could the computer pick this up as plagarism from another grant and throw my apps out??? Just don't want to lose out on chance b/c of a computer mistake. Thanks for anyone's input.

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    You want have any problems. I always use the same first few paragraphs to describe our department. I put our call volume, critical infastructure, # of vehicles, # of FF's and other info in those opening lines.

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    I always have a first section I name "background" that's added to the standard sections AFG wants. I've noticed a lot of guys start their "Project Description" with it, instead. Either way appears to be successful.

    Anyway, I'll tweak it a bit to fit the grant I'm writing. The first paragraph or two may be the same, but the following are different and fit the project I'm writing for.

    I don't see any reason why the computer, or even peer reviewers would pick it up, as it really doesn't matter. The department's the same in both apps, so the info should be. Now, if another department had the same info, that would be a different thing.

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    Thanks so much for the help and input!!

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    You're good. Heck, your financial need is probably the same both ways. I like to rephrase some sentences, but you can certainly describe your department characteristics the same.

    Vehicles and Ops are usually reviewed by separate groups anyway, so it's true that neither "group" know what's being applied for separately.

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