North Dakota Council on the Arts uses a peer-panel process to thoughtfully evaluate applications and make funding recommendations to the NDCA Board of Directors. Each year, panelists are sought to support the most critical components of our funding process.
Panels are held for 7 different grant programs, including: Institutional Support, Community Arts Access Tier 1 &2, Special Projects, Professional Development, Individual Artist Fellowship, Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, and Arts in Education Collaboration.
NDCA builds diverse panels and therefore seek individuals from a range of artistic disciplines, experiences in community, geographies, ages, genders, races, abilities, and ethnicities. Native American individuals, people of color, and those who bring diverse perspectives are highly encouraged to apply.
You would be a great candidate to serve as a NDCA panelist if you are:
If you are involved with a group that applies to NDCA, you would be considered a great panelist, but NDCA also seeks individuals who are not directly seeking NDCA funding.
Panelists receive a stipend in exchange for serving on a panel, reimbursement of travel expenses, and meal allotment the day of the panel. The stipend amount differs for each grant program.
By serving you can expect to:
Panelists will receive materials and learn about the grant criteria and how to assess applications prior to the panel meeting date. Applications are reviewed online.
The amount of applications to review will vary with the each different grant program. NDCA acknowledges that serving as a panelist is a time commitment. Depending on the grant program and length of application, it can take up to 30-45 minutes to assess each application. For most grant programs, panelists are given approximately 2 to 4 weeks to review these applications.
On the panel meeting day, you must be at the entire panel review. The panel meeting times are different for each grant program. Panels are scheduled during the week and panelists just serve one day.
Grant programs have one panel a year except for Special Projects, Professional Development, and Institutional Support. The Special Projects panel meets 6 times a year (every other month) with the same panelists. The Professional Development panel meets 12 times a year (every month) with the same panelists. These panels are not conducted in person and are done by remote participation. Some scheduled panel meeting dates may not meet if no applications are submitted, or all the funding has been awarded. The Institutional Support grant program has a panel every 3-years.
Thank you for your interest in serving the North Dakota arts community as a NDCA grant review panelist!
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