Have you ever considered being a grant panelist for our grants program? If not, maybe now is the time to start. Panelists get to learn about the great arts organizations, museums, schools, and folk artists that call Utah home.
Become a Grant Panelist!
While serving on a grant panel, you will meet other arts, museum, and community-minded individuals who are invested in supporting Utah’s vibrant arts community. It is also a great education in grant writing. Have we convinced you to become a panelist? Fill out the Panelist Nomination Form to be placed on our list!
Who can be a grant panelist?
Panelists are typically professional and emerging individuals who identify as artists, educators, arts administrators/professionals, museum professionals, folk artists, and community members. We strive to assemble panels that are inclusive of several communities/groups and which represent ethnic diversity, gender, rural/urban representation, length of service in field, artistic genre, and size of organization represented.
What exactly do grant panelists do?
Good question! Grant panelists read and score grant applications. The scores provide the structure from which grant awards are made. Panelists have approximately three weeks in which to read and score 20-40 applications (depending on the application cycle). All work is done remotely except for the final half-day in-person panel review meeting. For a more detailed explanation of panelist roles and responsibilities please review our Panelist Packet.
How will I know if I am chosen to be a panelist?
After your panel nomination form is submitted, you will be added to our panelist database. The grants staff will use this database as they assemble panels for each grant opportunity. Submitting a panel nomination form does not guarantee you will be chosen to serve on a panel. If you are chosen, a member of the grants staff will contact you via phone or email to confirm your availability and will provide further instruction for the grant review.
Where do grant funds come from?
The Utah Division of Arts & Museums (UA&M) is funded by the state of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts. We provide grants to arts organizations, museums, schools, folk artists, local arts agencies, and many other arts-based community organizations. UA&M acts as the steward of these state and federal grant dollars, and we work to ensure equitable access to these funds for organizations across the state.
“Serving on a grant panel has allowed me to become a better grant writer for my organization and learn about other amazing organizations in Utah.”
–Tim Glenn, John Wesley Powell River History Museum
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