Art has a team. Arts Council Grant Panelists

Volunteer panelists play a crucial role in the grant making process by ensuring that grants are distributed to those programs and organizations that are most worthy, impactful, and relevant to the Fort Worth community.

The role of a panelist is a serious yet fulfilling commitment that has far reaching effects. Panelists act as a good steward of public dollars -ensuring that funds are used wisely by evaluating applications with a critical, objective eye. In doing such, volunteer grant panels allow us to fulfill our mission of creating an environment that promotes, nurtures, and supports the arts in our community!


Panelists can expect to spend between 10-20 hours fulfilling their duties as a volunteer reviewers, over the course of 2 months. Total time spent fulfilling program duties is variable, based on the items listed below:

  1. Panelist Orientation – (approximately 1 hour) Presented virtually in July/August.
  2. Online Application Review – (approximately 1 hr. per application; an average of 20 applications) Number of applications for review is based solely the number of applicants applying to each grant pool. Review time varies by individual.
  3. The Grant Review Session – 1 review session of approximately 5 hours.  Panelists serve only one of the three panel days.

2018/2019 Panel sessions will be October 3 – 5th and typically last from 8:30-1:30.

All panelists serve single year terms and may serve multiple years, as invited back by Arts Council staff.

Step 1: Carefully review the Grant Panelist Job Summary
Step 2: Submit a Panelist Application
Step 3: Arts Council staff will notify you if you have been selected to serve as a panelist

Thank you for your interest in supporting our artistic community through your service!