2023 Community Grants Panel Member Information
Thank you for agreeing to serve on a volunteer panel for the 2023 Community Grants process. We truly value your time and your wisdom as you help us select this year’s grant recipients. You will find resources on this page to assist you during the grant process. We will continue to add information and resources as they become available. We are here to help, so do not hesitate to call if you need more information.
2023 Community Grants Panel Timeline
Note: All trainings will be in person. Site visits will also be in person unless it is a state-run nonprofit without a local office.
26 – 28 Panel Trainings at HUB West
Three options to choose from:
- Monday, September 26, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
- Tuesday, September 27, 9:00 – 10:30 am
- Wednesday, September 28, 12:30 – 2:00 pm
30 CFCSRA notifies nonprofits of their panel chair
1 – 7 Panel Chairs schedule site visits during this week
1 – 30 Panels perform site visits
- You will need to provide your own transportation to the nonprofit’s location (We try to group similar organizations together, but your organizations could be in Aiken, Burke, Columbia, Edgefield, McDuffie, or Richmond counties)
- Site visits last an hour
- Exact dates/times vary – each panel works directly with the nonprofit to schedule
31 Final grant rankings due to CFCSRA by noon (earlier is encouraged)
2 Press Conference for any who would like to attend
Easy - just click below. Use the email address you provided during registration. If you are a new panelist, click on "Forgot your password?" to establish your password. Please contact Erin Starnes for assistance.
- Friday, September 30 - CFCSRA notifies nonprofits of their panel chair
- Friday, October 1 - Friday, October 7 - Panel Chairs schedule site visits
- Friday, October 1 - Sunday, October 30 - Panels conduct site visits
- Monday, October 31 - All evaluations due to CFCSRA by midnight (earlier is encouraged)
- Friday, December 2 - Announcement of awardees - exact details TBD
Site visits are opportunities for a non-profit organization to have a chance to tell their story outside of what they submitted in their application. Here is how you can prepare:
- Make sure you read the application thoroughly before the visit.
- Prepare questions in advance and don't hesitate to ask questions even if they are not part of the application.
- Try and be as consistent as you can with questions asked of each reviewed organization.
- Ensure you have a panel member who will be in charge of coordinating, creating and hosting the zoom meeting.
- Ensure you have a minimum of three (3) panel members at each visit. Preference is to have as many panel members as possible.
Feel free to download the "Site Visit Questions" to use during the site visits.
We have communicated with our non-profits and provided guidelines on how they can best prepare for your visit. If you would like to review that document, please do.
No worries. You can review the slides from our training!
Not sure how to access the evaluations or need a refresher?