Being a Grant Panelist

RACC Project Grant applications are reviewed by grant panels composed of community volunteers. We currently have around 75 panelists in any given year, the vast majority of whom are first-time panelists.

Project Grant panels are constructed to reflect the range of applications that are submitted, and each panel reviews applications from both individual artists and from organizations. When considering the make up of each panel, staff must take into account:
  • Representing the range of mediums and genre within each discipline
  • Utilizing both emerging and well-established artists
  • Employing working artists in the field who understand the descriptions of the work
  • Engaging arts administrators who can review budgets for accuracy
  • Striving for tri-county representation
  • Ensuring diversity in gender, race, age, and ability

Individuals must be familiar with the artistic discipline of the panel on which they serve. Staff keep an ongoing file throughout the year of qualified artists and arts administrators that are being considered for inclusion on a panel. Staff contact potential panelists approximately a month before the panel meeting with more information about the panelist responsibilities and timeline. Panelists are expected to read application materials and review work samples ahead of the panel meeting. Panel meetings range from 3-8 hours depending on the number of applications to be reviewed. Panelists are provided a stipend to help cover their expenses for participating in the panel.

If you are interested in serving on a RACC grant panel, please contact Jack Quinn MacNichol at jmacnichol@racc.org with your name, contact information, and a resume or bio detailing your experience and contributions to the arts community. Sending in your information does not guarantee that you will be contacted in an upcoming cycle, but your materials will remain on file and you could be considered as the needs change.