Call for Panelists

Share your perspective as part of the grant review process

Bravo Greater Des Moines is seeking panelists with specific skills, expertise, and perspectives to review grant applications. Serving on a panel and reviewing grant applications is a fantastic way to gain a deeper and broader understanding of the arts and culture organizations in Greater Des Moines.  Find qualifications, roles, and learn how panels work, below:

Who Can Be a Panelist?

Panelists should have some knowledge of the nonprofit sector, and Bravo's mission and work. Ideal candidates are actively engaged in arts, culture, and heritage as a creative professional, administrator, board member, participant, audience member, consumer or supporter, including those that work for or with one of Bravo's cultural partners. Panelists should be able to remain open and objective while maintaining confidentiality.

Candidates should be able to commit approximately 6 hours to the review process. This includes training, reading and reviewing applications, and panel discussions, all of which is done virtually.

A stipend will be provided to all panelists who fully participate in the process.

What Do Panelists Do?

Panelists read, assess, and score grant applications during a specific timeline. Participation is anonymous.

Scores provide the structure that determines the grant awards. While panelists offer feedback for the applicant organizations, panelists do not recommend funding amounts.

How Will I Know if I am Chosen to be a Panelist?

After your Panel Interest Survey is submitted, you will be added to Bravo's panelist database. If you are selected, staff will contact you to confirm your availability, resolve any conflicts of interest, and will provide training, timeline, and further instructions for application review.

Please note, due to panel needs and timing, submitting your interest does not guarantee you will be chosen to participate, nor is it likely that all qualified panelists will be asked to participate. Names and responses will be kept on file for up to one year for potential use in future panels.


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Become a Panelist

Are you interested in serving on a panel? Submit your Panel Interest Survey by August 25 to be considered.

Panel Interest Survey