Become a Grants Panelist

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) is recruiting panelists!

AHCMC relies on an array arts and humanities professionals to serve as grant reviewers, ensuring that funding is distributed to organizations and/or individuals that are most worthy, impactful, and relevant to our community. Panelists are chosen for their expert knowledge of specific arts, humanities and/or cultural disciplines, as well as their management experience, professional knowledge of the sector, and prior panel experience. AHCMC staff makes every effort to ensure the panel is diverse in all respects.  

Panel Process

Once selected, panelists are assigned to one of the four funding opportunities below.  

  • The Ida F. Haimovicz Visual Arts Award, information here.
  • The Fran Abrams Creative Writing Award, information here.
  • Wheaton Cultural Project Grants (WCPG), information here.
  • Arts Residencies in Schools Grants (ARSG), information here.

          All panelists receive an individual, virtual orientation before the application review process begins. Panelists are expected to review and score all applications prior to the panel meeting. During the panel meeting, panelists convene as a group to discuss and evaluate all applications. 

          Please note: All panel meetings are currently held virtually on the Zoom platform.

          Conflict of Interest

          AHCMC requires panelists to recuse themselves from all discussions and decisionmaking related to applications for which a conflict of interest exists. For AHCMC panelists, a conflict of interest exists if any of the following conditions apply:

          1. The panelist is a staff member, consultant, or Board member of an applicant under review.
          2. The panelist has a close personal relationship, i.e. sibling, parent/child, very close friendship, with the leadership of an organization under review.
          3. The panelist stands to gain financially from the funding of an application under review.
          4. The panelist feels that they cannot objectively review the application for any other reason.

          Compensation

          AHCMC offers a $100 stipend for the Haimovicz and Abrams student award panel meetings, a $100 stipend for the ARSG panel meeting, and a $300 stipend for the WCPG panel meeting. Stipends are determined by budget availability and the number of applicants reviewed. A lower stipend denotes fewer proposals reviewed by panelists. 

          Equity & Inclusion 

          With the acknowledgement and understanding that access to resources has been historically limited for certain groups of people, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County is committed to cultural equity within all funding activities and to serving communities that have been traditionally underrepresented in mainstream funding, discourse, leadership, and resource allocation. Individuals who are interested in panel service should carefully review our Equity & Inclusion statement and be committed to the advancement of equity & inclusion.

          Interested?

          Email a professional bio and resume to Takenya LaViscount, AHCMC Grants Director. No phone calls please.