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 application reviews to remote participation.
The Minnesota State Arts Board seeks qualified individuals to serve as grant application reviewers for the American Rescue Plan grant program and panelists for the Operating Support grant program. Grant application advisory reviewers play a crucial role in the grant making process as their scores help determine which applications 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.
American Rescue Plan Reviewers:
- read, score, and take notes on applications online using WebGrants system at their own pace during an assigned three-week term either February 7-February 25, 2022 or February 28-March 18, 2022;
- can expect to spend, on average, 25-30 hours total; and
- receive a modest financial stipend of $200.00 in appreciation of their time and expertise providing constructive feedback.
Find out if this is the right fit for you, download the complete remote Grant Application Reviewer description.
Operating Support Panelists:
- read, score, and take notes on applications online using WebGrants system at their own pace during February 2022-May 2022;
- are assigned a primary reader and secondary reader for two applications (requires preparing questions for four applicant organizations);
- lead two administrative visits in March or April 2022 (phone conference with two applicant organizations and prepare a brief report);
- participate in two full-day panel meeting discussions remotely in May 2022;
- can expect to spend, on average, 35-40 hours total; and
- receive a modest financial stipend of $400.00 in appreciation for their time and expertise providing constructive feedback.
Find out if this is the right fit for you, download the complete Operating Support Panelist 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 grant application advisory reviewers must:
- be a Minnesota resident;
- have access to a computer with an Internet connection and intermediate computer skills; and
- have a background in at least one art form, artistic tradition, or arts administration; or
- strong understanding of the administrative side of nonprofit management; or
- have knowledge of fiscal management, governance, and evaluation areas; and
- be committed to completing all aspects of the grant application review.
What do I do if selected?
Upon completion of the grant application reviewer interest form, selected reviewers will confirm their availability and declare conflicts of interest with the panel coordinator before being assigned to a review team of ten individuals.
Reviewers will participate in training sessions and review a set of 25-30 assigned applications remotely. In addition, Operating Support panelists lead two administrative visits and prepare a brief report in advance of attending full two-day panel meeting discussions conducted by telephone and or video conferencing.
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 opportunity about what makes for an effective (or not so effective) application;
- 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.
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 materials in alternative formats upon request. Please contact the Arts Board's accessibility coordinator if you require an accommodation (i.e. ASL-interpretation; open captioning; audio description; digital, large-print or Braille materials, etc.) to fully participate.
For more information, please contact:
Jenea Rewertz-Targui, advisory panel review coordinator &
(651) 539-2657 or toll-free at (800) 866-2787