First, thank you very much for your kind comments when you voted for the HistoryBuff.com grant proposal. I really appreciate them.
For those that did not receive the email I sent out May 1 concerning the HistoryBuff.com grant proposal, I offer a synopsis of that email. (About fifty of them bounced back to me due to being "Over Quota.")
Pepsi has a program that offers grants. Usually, when a foundation offers grants, the Board of Directors meet and evaluate the grant proposals and then select the ones they want to support. The Pepsi grant approvals ARE NOT selected by a Board of Directors. Instead, the grant proposals that receive the most votes are awarded the funds.
HistoryBuff.com has a grant proposal in the running. I am attempting to receive funding to compile and publish an extensive database of historical data for use on HistoryBuff.com. When the visitor enters a month and year, the results will be:
The first database will cover the years 1930 to 1984 with over 20,000 records and over 800,000 fields. Of the $25,000 I am seeking, I will be receiving only 12% of the total for my labor and expertise. The rest will be paid out to others. There is money in the budget to pay four people for data entry and I have no objections to hiring subscribers to my newsletter for that job. The requirements are as follows:
- A listing of newspaper headlines for each day of that month, if significant
- Prices for various commodities - a dozen eggs, a loaf of bread, a gallon of gas, etc.
- Average cost of a new automobile
- Average price of a home - standardized to number of rooms, square feet, etc.
- Average income for various occupations - carpenter, teacher, store clerk, etc.
- Top television shows - or radio shows pre-1948
- Movie release dates and primary stars
- Top songs for that month
The people that do the data entry will need to visit a library/archives that has a major city daily newspaper on microfilm and go through them day by day and enter the major headlines as well as check the movies pages and enter the most well-known movies and their stars. For the rest of the data, they will be supplied with various government and association publications to gain the data from. All data entry will be done in the area they live and those hired will be supplied with the software program for data entry. Returning the filled out forms can be done through the Internet.
1) Own or have access to a laptop/notebook computer
2) Able to provide their own transportation to a larger library or state archives in their area
- 3) Experience in using microfilm.
Twenty-four hours after I sent out my email notice requesting votes, the HistoryBuff.com grant proposal was ranked in 311th place out of 1,343 proposals. Nearly a week later, it was ranked number 132. Then the momentum lost ground. It is now ranked at 199th.
I have been asked by a few people that if they register to vote on the Pepsi Web site, will they start receiving more SPAM email? The answer is NO! I first registered to vote on the Pepsi Web site three months ago and have only received two emails from Pepsi, or its affiliates, and both were updates for my grant proposal. (Thank you for submitting a grant proposal and Your grant proposal was accepted for voting.)
Please vote for the HistoryBuff.com grant proposal as often as you can. Teachers, if you have a computer lab connected to the Internet in your school, please help by voting as often as you can. The direct URL to vote is:
Thanks in advance.