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Become A Community Grant Review Panellist

For over 60 years the Give Where You Live Foundation has been making grants to assist individuals in the Geelong region to reach their full potential by overcoming health, education and/or income disadvantage. As part of our ongoing commitment to transparency, accountability and community involvement, the Give Where You Live Foundation invites community members from all walks of life to participate in our Grant Review Panel process.

Reviewers are asked to read 3-5 Grant Applications and to provide feedback on those applications via a grant review form. In addition to reading and reviewing applications, reviewers participate in an Orientation Session (before they read and review the applications) and a Panel Discussion Session (after they have read and reviewed the applications).

Over the coming year the Foundation has two opportunities to participate as a Community Grant Review Panellist in September-October 2019 as part of our Community Connections Grant Round and April-May 2020 as part of our Community Grant Round.

We are currently recruiting about 50 volunteers for our 2020 Community Connections Grant Round.

We welcome participation by individuals and by business teams in our process.

To participate as a business team please download and review the Business Team Panel Review Information Sheet and submit the Interest Form or contact Cynthia Scherer, Community Impact and Grants Manager to discuss.

To participate as an individual grant review panellist in this grant round please download and review the 2020 Community Grant Review Panel Information Sheet and Position Description – Community Grant Review Panellist and complete the online interest form by Thursday 5 September, 2019.

Confirmation of participation will be made no later than Friday, 6 September.

Below are the dates related to this process:

Dates Activity Description
17-18 September 2019
Attend an Orientation Session All reviewers must participate in an orientation session. These sessions will provide background information as well as specific details related to the review process that will assist you in successfully completing your role. sessions will held at 5:30-6:30pm and 7:00-8:00pm on Tuesday 17 September and Wednesday 18 September. Note: you only need to attend one session and will have an opportunity to RSVP for your preferred date/time.
23 September -8 October 2019
Read and Review Assigned Applications Reviewers will be provided 3-5 Grant Applications to read and assess. Reviewers must score and provide written feedback on each application read via a Grant Review Sheet. All materials are provided via DropBox.
9-10 October 2019 Participate in a Panel Discussion Session Reviewers are highly encourage to participate in discussions sessions with other members of their panel (reviewers who have read and assessed the same applications). These sessions provide an opportunity to discuss the applications and your feedback with your other panel members. Discussion sessions will held at 5:30-6:30pm and 6:45-7:45pm on Wednesday 9 October and Thursday 10 October Note: you only need attend one one-hour session on these dates depending on the day/time assigned to your panel.
11 October 2019 Complete and Return Grant Review Sheets Post the discussion session review panellist will have an opportunity to complete or update their Review sheets. All review sheets should be completed and submitted by COB Friday, 11  October, 2019.


If you have any questions please contact Cynthia Scherer, Community Impact and Grants Manager.