I listened in to the IMLS webinar on Feb 1 at 3:00. We already knew most of the information, based on our meeting with Twinet, talking with Lana, or reading the program information online. But here are a few updates & pointers:
1) A quick note on competition: This is a very competitive grant. Last year they had 52 applications and funded 10. In 2009 they funded 11% of applications.
2) The biggest take home message that Mark gave for writing the narrative was “tell a great story.” (For those who haven’t already heard this from me, it is a refrain I offer for almost every single writing assignment — who wants to read boring stuff?) Of course, Mark followed up by saying to make sure you have a compelling argument.
3) Two places where applicants often fall down: having a clear evaluative component & describing the communities you will serve.
4) There is only one project director (no co-pi). I will take on that lead. Other positions can be described with their responsibilities in the key personnel.
Allison worked 1 hr.