Georgia Council for the Arts uses Peer Review Panels to adjudicate applications following National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) precedent. Panelists are GCA Council members and fellow professionals who are experienced in the arts discipline or type of grant being reviewed or are citizens with a record of arts activities, experience, and knowledge.
FAQ about Grant Review Panels:
GCA staff will e-mail all applicants approximately one month prior to the panel meeting with the panel meeting date and time. Applicants will also receive information on how to listen to the panel meeting as well as the order in which applications will be reviewed.
No- panelists meet via conference call. There is no in-person meeting. In-person meetings would require GCA to pay for mileage, lodging and meals for panelists coming from across the state. Virtual meetings allow GCA to retain as much money as possible for grants.
Because of the structure of the panel, GCA can list the order in which applications will be reviewed, but the staff cannot forecast precisely what time each application will come up for review. Each panel is scheduled for three hours, though some have ended after only two hours. When you log in online for the panel meeting, GCA will provide a list of the order of review on the screen so that listeners can keep track of the progress.
No- panelists for Vibrant Communities do not meet; they submit their scores online in order to keep the review process as fast as possible.
No. Listening to the panel meeting is not required.
Yes, anyone may call in and listen to the panel meetings.
You may listen to as much or as little of the panel meeting as you like.
To listen to the panel meeting, follow these steps:
• Go to https://gdecd.adobeconnect.com/gcagrants/
• Log in as a Guest by entering your first and last name at the prompt
• Make sure that the volume is turned up on your computer speakers
• Read through the notes about the panel that will appear on your screen If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before, test your connection ahead of time: https://gdecd.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm
If you are having technical problems, contact Allen Bell at 404-962-4839 or Sanaa Furqan at 404-962-4837.
No- applicants are not able to provide any additional information once the grant application deadline has passed, nor are they able to respond to comments from the panelists during the meeting.
Panelists submit preliminary scores and comments prior to the panel meeting. The comments and an overall preliminary score are then shared with all of the panelists. If the panelists all agree with the comments and feel that the preliminary score is appropriate, then they may not have anything else to add.
Because there is a limited amount of time to discuss each application, panelists are instructed to focus the discussion on questions they had about the application, questions they had about comments from other panelists, or questions/concerns they have about the preliminary score. They may have cited many commendations in their preliminary comments, and if all panelists are in agreement about those favorable comments, then there is not a need to discuss them during the meeting.
All applicants will receive a copy of panel comments with the grant announcement.
Contact the program manager for your grant type:
• Tina Lilly (firstname.lastname@example.org) for Partner or Project Grants
• Allen Bell (email@example.com) for Arts Education Program Grants