You make a good point StarrFire
I know it is not common for a grant process, but the computer grading is not common either. The computer grading process, as far as I remember had little to do with the "Final Rule" that was published. It specified how the money would be broken down and the specific area's that would receive more consideration ie...Commercial chasis over Custom, RIT request, ect. As far as I can tell their was close to 10,000 application that never made it far enough to find out if they read and adheared to the final rule or not. If the computer gave them a low score because they had a higher budget than others in their classification or something else that should be specified with the score. If not than there is no system for checks and balances on the computer grading and we all should be uptight about that. Like I said you have a valid stance as far as the "NORMAL" processes, but their is nothing normal about this process. This is the first and likely only chance a lot of department accross this country will have at money of this magitude and we must ensure that everyone gets a fair shot and don't get left out on technicalities. I will get off my soap box now "I didn't mean to get off on a RANT there".
It all smells like yeserday's diapers
We got our "Dear John" e-mail the second day that they were being sent out. I have been on a low boil ever since. I have tried to stay proactive. I re-read the final rule in an effort to see where we may have gone wrong. I'm sure the final rule for the next fire grant process will change so I think I have wasted my time.
Web-team, so your telling us that we need to invite our congressional representitive to our next company banquet or picnic? Or place a large black and white glossy of him in the fire hall windows in the weeks before election day? Isn't that the way the "Good Old Boys " used to get things from government. Maybe we should just pen off a note to President Bush and have him put in a word for us too.
You guys make me laugh! I have seen some of the largest cities in the country get grants for almost one million dollars. Small volunteer organizations can't seem to get a grant for $53,000.00. Which just happens to be the amount we applied for.
As for the secret scoring system, well from what the web-team seems to tell us the grading folks must take a lot of time to find out if a letter from a congress rep. has your name on it, but it would take too much time to send your score back to you by e-mail. I may have been born in the morning, but it wasn't yesterday morning.
Face it folks, its probably random. They pick one and throw 20 or 30 in the reject box, and so on, and so on.......:mad:
So to all of us that got a rejection. Put your congress reps on your mailing lists for company events. Send them honorary membership cards. But in my town if they want a their picture in the paper it wont be kissing a baby, if you all get my drift.
If I sound POed, you're right!
Failure Of Large Departments to Obtain Grants
I have viewed the lists of departments who received grants so far this year and in 2001 also. I do not see any large departments receiving grants. Why is that? Large departments have the same needs of small departments just on a larger scale.:confused: