Call for Grant Review Panelists

The Greater Hartford Arts Council provides grants and services to nearly 150 local arts and cultural organizations each year. Our grantees are selected through an application review process led by community members and following guidelines meant to ensure maximum impact of grant dollars. The Arts Council is currently looking for volunteers to be a part of a review panel. Grant panelists must be residents of the State of Connecticut. 

What makes a great panelist?

  • A passion for building strong, vibrant communities
  • Familiarity with the nonprofit landscape of Greater Hartford
  • Knowledge of the region's arts and cultural sector
  • General understanding of nonprofit management and operations

What's Involved?

As a panelist, you’ll review applications using specific criteria with a group of your peers to decide which applicants best meet the grant criteria. The committee will then determine how grant funds are allocated to each grant recipient. In addition, you’ll be asked to take the lead on an in depth review of 4 or 5 grant applications and present your findings to the group. 

Specific commitments include:

  • One 2-hour panel orientation meeting
  • Up to 10 hours to read and review grant applications on your own
  • One 4-6 hour panel review meeting with fellow panelists to select final grantees and allocate funds

This is a volunteer opportunity so no financial compensation is involved. However, you will be helping to improve lives and transform community through the arts! 

Panel Opportunities 

We're currently seeking review panelists for the following granting programs: 

Ignition Grants

This program supports capacity-building initiatives for nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, funding projects such as strategic planning, marketing and communications, board development and website design. Panel will be held in early November 2017.  Learn more about Ignition Grants.

An understanding of nonprofit operations and business planning are helpful.

Arts and Wellness Grants

These grants support projects that bring the healing benefits of the arts to those with physical, intellectual or emotional challenges. Panel will be held in late October 2017.  Learn more about Arts & Wellness Grants.

Knowledge of the connection between wellness and the arts is essential for these grant panelists.

Hartford Events Grants

This grant program supports cultural events taking place in the City of Hartford. Panel will be held in February 2018. Learn more about Hartford Events Grants

Understanding of how community events work will be needed for these grant panels.

How to Apply

Send an email along with your resume or professional summary to by August 18, 2017.


How to Apply

Send an email along with your resume or professional summary to by August 18, 2017.

Learn More

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