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 and objective eye. In doing so, 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 20–30 hours over the course of 2 months fulfilling their duties as a volunteer reviewers. Total time spent fulfilling program duties is variable, based on the items listed below:

  1. Panelist Orientation – Webinar in July/August. Duration is approximately 1 hour.
  2. Online Application Review – The number of applications for each grant pool varies from year to year, however panelists can expect to review on average 15–20 applications. Review time varies, however panelists should anticipate spending approximately 1 hour reviewing each application.
  3. Grants Panel – Review session held onsite at the Arts Council offices in early October. Duration is approximately 5 hours.

All panelists serve single year terms. However, panelists may serve multiple years in a row, 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!