Opening computer museums
wdonzelli at gmail.com
Wed Aug 20 07:00:04 CDT 2008
> This of course doesn't mean that small organizations will be able to do
> this, as I'm sure a small startup computer museum won't have the
> bargaining power to ask for or expect this, but I'd expect that some
> level of administrative overhead expenses would be reasonable, at a
> level of a few %.
I do not think so. It seems that the rules are different for larger
institutions like Purdue or the Field Museum, mentioned previously.
The organizations that I am familiar with are quite small, generally
less that 10 people at any given time, and are probably more like a
computer museum one of us would start. Anything beyond what is really
needed for a project, the so called administrative overhead, is really
something to be avoided. In the long term, it is good not to have it,
as it builds a good track record showing proper use of a grant. The
second one is easier to get than the first, the third is easier than
either of those, and so forth.
What is normal (and maybe a little source of the confusion here?) is
that it is an unwritten rule to try to ask for more than what the
project really needs, as it is often the case that what is ultimately
granted is less than what was asked for. The key is to not be too
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