The “Application for New Awards; Upward Bound Programs” was published and made available to the public on Monday, October 17th, 2016.
Though many of us grant professionals respectfully requested that they reconsider, in this, the Department of Education has decided to uphold a new double-spacing requirement for all text in the application narrative, including figures, tables, charts and graphs. Single spacing is allowable for titles, headings, footnotes, quotations, references and captions (see page 12 of notice for more information). Additionally the Department has limited the narrative page limit to 65 pages (see page 11 for more information). The CPP and IP remain the same.
I feel as though all of us are being punished for trangressions of the ‘few’.
The few who do things like advise applicants to “just put a box around it. That makes it a table and it can be single spaced.” Wrong! Apparently the use of single-spaced paragraph tables in the EOC competition was egregious.
One can only hope that this is not a sign of the ways things will continue and/or does not bleed over into other Federal agency requirements. *SIGH*
For more information, please access the full notice available at: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/17/2016-25058/applications-for-new-awards-upward-bound-program