2024 Community Grants Panel Member Information

Thank you for agreeing to serve on a volunteer panel for the 2024 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.

2024 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.

September
25 – 27    Panel Trainings at HUB West
Three options to choose from:

  • Monday, September 25, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
  • Tuesday, September 26, 9:00 – 10:30 am
  • Wednesday, September 27, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

31       CFCSRA notifies nonprofits of their panel chair

October
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 a minimum of one 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)

December
1        Press Conference for any who would like to attend

Panel Member FAQs

How do I get to GLM again?
Grants Portal access will become available immediately following panel training

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.

GLM Login 

What are the deadlines for the grant process?
  • 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
What are my responsibilities as a Panel Chair?
What is a site visit and how can I prepare for it?

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:

  • Ensure you have a minimum of three (3) panel members at each visit. Preference is to have as many panel members as possible.
  • 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.
What should I ask the non-profit organizations during a site visit?

Feel free to download the "Site Visit Questions" to use during the site visits.

Site Visit Questions 

How will the non-profits prepare for a site visit?

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.

Non-Profits Prep for Virtual Site Visit 

What is a good outcome?
What if I missed the trainings?
Remember: If you are serving as a Panel Chair, you are required to attend one of our training sessions. It is our hope that all panel members also attend.

No worries. You can review the slides from our training!

2023 Panel Training Slides

Not sure how to access the evaluations or need a refresher?

Step-by-Step Evaluator Instructions

How can I learn more about the Community Grants Program?

Visit our website.

Community Grants 

Have Questions?

Contact a Team Member

Rebecca Wallace VP of Programs

Lasima Turmon Sr. Program Officer

Erin Starnes Program and Scholarship Officer