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Arts Board Grant Application Reviewer Opportunities

Contribute your perspectives remotely

Please note that the Arts Board office is currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and we have moved all grant reviews to remote participation.

The Minnesota State Arts Board seeks qualified grant application reviewers to review new grant program applications remotely, ongoing during the months September-December, 2020.


  • read, score, and take notes on applications online using WebGrants system at their own pace over a three-week period;
  • can expect to spend 30 minutes on each application, on average;*
  • receive a modest financial stipend of $150.00 to compensate for their time and expertise providing constructive feedback;
  • play a crucial role in the grant making process as their scores help determine which proposals will be recommended to the board for approval; and in doing so;
  • advance the Arts Board's mission to stimulate and encourage the creation, performance and appreciation of the arts in the state.

* The time commitment this year is expected to be significantly less than in previous Arts Board grant cycles. Application requirements and scoring have been simplified.

Find out if this is the right fit for you, download the complete remote Grant Application Reviewer description.

Who can serve?

The Arts Board seeks individuals from a variety of backgrounds. Public funds belong to all Minnesotans, so a broad spectrum of perspectives and experiences is vital to our grant making process. When selecting reviewers, the Arts Board will give special consideration to geographic representation from throughout the state, ethnic and racial diversity, and a balance of those with previous experience with people who will bring new perspectives to the grant review process.

Selected reviewers must:

  • be a Minnesota resident;
  • have access to a computer with an Internet connection; and
  • have a background in at least one artistic discipline or artistic tradition; or
  • have knowledge of or experience with nonprofit organizations.

What do I do if selected?

Selected grant application reviewers will be assigned to a team of seven and will review a set of applications remotely at their own pace over a three-week period.*

Reviewers will participate in a training session online at the beginning of the process. They will read, and provide feedback notes on applications assigned to their review team using the online WebGrants system.

The amount of time and tasks required may vary, depending on the grant program in which the reviewer serves. The expected time commitment is 15–25 hours.

*Reviewers will be assigned to review teams, based on their availability.

Why support the arts community in this way?

Your involvement is vital to ensure that all Minnesotans have the opportunity to participate in and benefit from the arts. Serving as a grant application reviewer is a great way to contribute expertise, have a voice in Arts Board grant making, be inspired by Minnesota's artists and arts organizations, and build skills related to grant seeking and project evaluation.

Past reviewers comment enthusiastically about what an interesting and engaging experience it is to serve. Top reasons mentioned include:

  • In-depth exposure to what's happening in the arts throughout the state;
  • A terrific learning tool, about what makes for an effective (or not-so-effective) proposal;
  • Giving back to the artistic community, and the citizens who so generously support the arts in Minnesota.

How can I apply?

The Arts Board uses an open nomination process to identify potential grant application reviewers. If you'd like to nominate yourself or someone you know who fits the description, please complete and submit our interest form.

For more information, please contact:
Jenea Rewertz-Targui, advisory panel review coordinator
(651) 539-2657 or toll-free at (800) 866-2787

Equal opportunity and access

Equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from programs of the Minnesota State Arts Board is provided to all individuals regardless of race, national origin, color, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, or disability in admission, access or employment.

The Arts Board offers accessibility services and alternative formatted materials upon request. If you require an accommodation (i.e. ASL-interpretation; open captioning; audio description; digital, large-print or Braille materials, etc.) to fully participate, please contact the Arts Board's ADA coordinator:

Natalie Kennedy-Schuck
(651) 539-2666 or toll-free at (800) 866-2787
Minnesota Relay Service: 711

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