Advisory Panels are a critical part of our funding process. The panelists, who are volunteers from throughout the state, review and evaluate all grant applications.
We rely on people who reflect a broad range of artistic and cultural viewpoints to bring a spectrum of knowledge and experience to the application review process. Each panel is chaired by a member of the Missouri Arts Council board.
Serving on a grant panel is hard work, but our volunteer panelists say it is worth it. Here are just a few comments from the most recent survey we conducted with our panelists:
Our panel system is designed to ensure that public funds for the arts are distributed fairly through a transparent process. Panelists also advise the Missouri Arts Council board and staff about policy and program development. All panel meetings are open to the public.
For more information, contact Michael Donovan, executive director, at 314-340-4740 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PROCESS FOR NOMINATING PANELISTS
Nominations for panels are accepted year-round. We keep nominations on file for at least two years.
The Missouri Arts Council board approves the one-year term appointments. We are unable to appoint every qualified nominee due to limited openings and the need to maintain balanced panels.
To submit a nomination, please complete the nomination form and attach the nominee’s resumé. You may nominate yourself or another person.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF PANELISTS
We use these criteria to select panelists and create panels:
These are the sorts of people we’ve found make excellent panelists:
For each panel, we select one person to serve as Panel Alternate. If a chosen panelist has to withdraw from the panel due to an unavoidable schedule conflict or last-minute emergency, we will ask the Panel Alternate to serve. We request that Alternates hold open the dates for the orientation and panel meetings in case their service is needed.
Advisory Panels will convene to review applications for the FY2025 grant cycle (July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025). Off-Year applications are reviewed by Missouri Arts Council staff for verification for eligible projects and appropriate budgets.
Panels approved and panelists notified.
Panelists evaluate the application materials online based on how they relate to the review criteria. They submit their written assessment and numeric scores to Missouri Arts Council staff a week before the panel meeting. Then, for each evaluated organization, Missouri Arts Council staff average the individual scores given by each panelist, and compile a written assessment for panelists to review before the panel meeting.
The panels meet by online conference with the panel chair, Missouri Arts Council staff, and applicants. During the meeting, panelists discuss applicants’ average scores, with the opportunity to change them. Panelists do not make monetary funding recommendations; the grant awards are determined after the panel meeting by a funding formula.
The Missouri Arts Council board approves the funding.