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    Does anyone know how soon in advance you are notified if you are getting the grant or not before it is posted?


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    Well for mine, I wasn't notified until the day of reward. Strange I thought. Someone had called me last Friday morning and congradulated me on the reward. I new we had a good chance because of the questions they sent 2 weeks prior. Last Thursday night I checked e-mail, website etc..with nothing. After my friend called on Friday I re-checked and low and behold the award notice was there. Got home, opened the paper, and there it was in big bold letters. The announcement stating our department had been awarded. Didn't know a thing until then. Evidently our congressional office was notified a couple of days before and released it to the paper. I found it strange that I didn't know about it. Good Luck brother.

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    Senator called me on a Wednesday, with official notice sent on a Friday.
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    The questions and banking info confirmation are both sent on average 4-6 weeks prior to the public notification. Sometimes it's only 2 weeks, but they try and give enough time to get everything together after you answer the email and send in the bank form so that they can make the announcement in time. With the deadline for all notifications being Oct 31st, we will all know for sure within 4 weeks who is in the money. 1st round of denials for those that didn't make Peer Review is supposed to be this Friday. That's about 12,000 unfortunate folks, as only about 9,500 went to Peer Review, and 5,400 will be awarded. The 2nd round of denials won't be until mid to late October.

    Fingers crossed. Good luck to those hanging on, congrats to those in celebration mode, and for the rest, time to get working on 2006, it will be upon us soon.

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    Thanks for the replies. I'll keep waiting with my fingers crossed.

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    We have applied for the 4th year now for an engine. Does being rejected for 3 years in a row for the same thing help us any this year? Thanks

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    bod 911 since every year more trucks are given away, and you are only allowed to apply for one, your chances increase with each passing year . I suspect though, that if you have applied for four years in a row that you are doing something seriously wrong in your applciation and failing to properly address the priorities.

    If you recieve a DJ in the next couple of weeks I suggest contacting us ( Brian, Dixie or myself) and letting us help you out. If you will contact me offline ( see profile) We can talk.
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    While more are awarded, more folks apply with the logic that those previous 3 years worth of awardees can't apply. In another thread I mentioned that the number of vehicle apps has been averaging 7,000 for the past 3 years. So for every one that gets awarded, another one applies. The basic check is if you've made it to Peer Review. If you have, there's some tweaking that can probably be done. If you haven't, wrong project. They review twice as many apps as they plan on giving in awards, so if you aren't in the review pile, there are 2000-3000 other rejected apps between you and a vehicle award.

    That doesn't mean I disagree that you need the truck, it just doesn't fit into the program once all of the other applications are taken into consideration. As more and more people educate themselves about the program, and create better applications, competition will be getting stiffer. All of the stops have to be pulled out.

    Drop a line, this balding (thanks for pointing that out Kurt ) dog still has a few tricks.

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    Do the Dear Johns come as a letter or an email. I have never got one yet, so don't know.

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    It will be an email. Brian, you were the one that said you were pulling what "few" you had left, out. don't feel alone though, I notice more and more of my own in the hairbrush everyday.LOL!
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    Kurt & Brian...

    Well, at least one of us has plenty of hair left to go around then...LOL. Wouldn't want three bald grant writers! And who would like to see a bald girl! At least guys can pull it off and it's in style now...

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    Hey, some people have great personalities and good looks.

    Other people got hair.

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    ha ha...

    I'll have to get some pics up on my website...

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    What's a hairbrush?? I need to stay at a motel at least one night a year to restock my shampoo supply.

    While i'm here...we're not listed on Senator Lugar's (R-IN) press release this week. With the 1199 updated/10 questions two weeks ago and a reduction offer (countered and partially restored!!) last week--i'm feeling a degree of confidence. But...if i had any hair i'd lose it fast!! Have any of you ever known of a department to reach this point and NOT be awarded??

    Thanks for any calming words you can offer. Well, i need to get back to pondering the mysteries of life...Hairbrush?? Comb??? Hydrant?????

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    Earl,
    I have never heard of it go that far and not be funded. For them to go through reducing, you countering, etc. You may just be on next weeks list due to all that. Sometimes that takes a little more time to iron out all those details. The Grants Management Specialist are pretty bogged down right now working with the departments (almost half) who have been funded, and those who have been contacted with the 1199's and questions.

    Be patient. I know it's hard, but you've made it this far. Go buy your "party invites"...start addressing them, and get the plans ready...In my opinion, it's only a matter of time. And as Flash said (he's from my 'neck of the woods')most people around here (out in the country...) never get contacted! Fingers crossed for ya! Good Luck!!!
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    Senators & Congressmen receive notice of awards on Wednesday & departments receive official notice on Friday. It is good to keep in touch with your local reps & senators. We received a call Wednesday morning from our Congressman and 10 minutes later from our Senator that we will be awarded $57,000 in this next round for an emergency back-up generator for our building.

    This is our third grant in four attempts. Not bad!!!!!

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    I made my routine check today to the website and it asked me to update and confirm contact information. Is that in any way a good sign or am I grabbing at straws? Thanks in advance...

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    Straws unfortunately, I got the same thing on ours yesterday. Only the 1199A and the 10?s are good signs, everything else is status quo. Keeping my fingers crossed for all of us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dixiechicknc
    Earl,
    I have never heard of it go that far and not be funded. For them to go through reducing, you countering, etc. You may just be on next weeks list due to all that. Sometimes that takes a little more time to iron out all those details. The Grants Management Specialist are pretty bogged down right now working with the departments (almost half) who have been funded, and those who have been contacted with the 1199's and questions.

    Be patient. I know it's hard, but you've made it this far. Go buy your "party invites"...start addressing them, and get the plans ready...In my opinion, it's only a matter of time. And as Flash said (he's from my 'neck of the woods')most people around here (out in the country...) never get contacted! Fingers crossed for ya! Good Luck!!!
    Thanks Alana!! I just needed that bit of reassurance, and i'm sure that many others in the same boat are breathing a little easier too. I'm so relaxed now that i may not even check the status page on the AFG site today. I have been looking at that award number at least 10 times a day since it appeared!!
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    Earl two of my departments that were asked to reduce got announced today. They had their "conversations" with FPS about two weeks ago. Maybe next week in round 6.
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