A number of months ago I applied for a grant from a private foundation. I knew it was a reach because they don't give out many grants and they almost exclusively fund people at glamour schools, but it was an opportunity. I was surprised that even though the company started by the man who endowed the foundation was and is an institution fundamentally based on technology, that the application process was all hardcopy (don't dare use staples or you will be disqualified!) with CD, etc., etc. Nevertheless, I forged on and sent in everything that they required because I'm the one asking for their money. Almost two months after sending in the application I get an email informing me that they received it and that the decision would be made in April. Okay, a six month turn-around, but whatever.
You may have noticed that April is over. No email. I had checked their website on April 27th and found no news but I went to check their webpage on May 1 and motherfucker if they didn't have the results announced on their home page. I am not surprised that may name was not among the list of awardees, but I am shocked that they did not even have the decency to send out a blanket form letter letting people know that their application was denied. Nothing. not even a Eff U post card cranked out by a machine with the word "denied" in bold red letters. I'm pretty sure that any response is better than them deciding that it's not even worth the electrons to fire off a one-liner email. Again, I realize that I'm not in the power seat here as the Oliver Twist character, but shouldn't there be some level of common decency?