GRANT REVIEWERS NEEDED!

Kansas Volunteer Commission (KVC) is seeking individuals to review grant applications for the 2018 – 2019 AmeriCorps Kansas Grant Competition and the Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) Subgrant Competition. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the grant-making process, develop your own grant-writing skills, and contribute your knowledge and experience to Kansas Volunteer Commission’s efforts to select high-quality Kansas-based programs for AmeriCorps and VGF funding.

What does a grant reviewer do?

If selected as a reviewer, you will help to evaluate grant applications by reading, scoring and commenting on applications in order to discuss your findings with KVC in-person and via a grant-scoring document.

What qualifications should reviewers have?

KVC is looking for a diverse group of reviewers that have grant writing and/or reviewing experience and have experience with national service and/or community-based programs. Past reviewers have been community service practitioners, educators, national service alumni, people working in foundations, or individuals working on public policy issues.

Reviewers must be comfortable reading a large volume of material in a short period of time and providing analysis to KVC staff. Reviewers must be available for a training in February and must be able to complete application reviews by March 15, 2017 for Volunteer Generation Fund Subgrant Competition or by May 25, 2017 for AmeriCorps State Grant Competition.

Can members currently serving in AmeriCorps or any other streams of service serve as reviewers?

No. You must have completed your AmeriCorps service before being selected as a reviewer. AmeriCorps Alumni are strongly encouraged to apply to serve as reviewers.

Can people who work for a Corporation for National and Community Service-funded program serve as a reviewer?

Yes. People who work for organizations affiliated with AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, or other national service programs may serve as reviewers. However, you may not serve as a reviewer if you work for an organization that is being considered for funding in this competition.

What is the time commitment?

You can expect to spend 15 – 20 hours as a grant reviewer, which includes training, reading and assessing applications, and attending the grant review meetings. Below is a general breakdown of the time commitment, but is subject to the complexity of the funding application, number of applicants, and the ability of the reviewer. 

  • Read the KVC Notice of Funding Opportunity (one hour).
  • Attend grant reviewer training (one hour).
  • Review and assess applications (each application takes two-three hours).
  • Initial grant review committee meeting (two hours).
  • Review and assess final applications (each application review takes one-two hours).
  • Final grant review committee meeting (two hours).

What are the benefits to reviewers?

The grant review experience is an excellent opportunity to:

  1. Find out about programming and trends in national service and federal grant opportunities;
  2. Develop a deeper understanding of the grant-writing and grant-making processes;
  3. Contribute your experience to the selection of high-quality programs for Kansas.
  4. Receive compensation upon successful completion of all grant reviewer duties. Compensation is between $50 - $75 per application.

How does one apply to become a reviewer?

To apply, please email your resume to volunteer@ksde.org. Please submit resumes no later than 4:00 pm on Friday, December 22, 2017.

What are the next steps after submitting a resume?

KVC will review resumes and contact qualified applicants. We will check for conflicts of interest and confirm availability at that time. Reviewers need to be able to attend the trainings and grant review committee meetings in person held at the KVC offices in Topeka.

Thank you for your interest in serving as a reviewer and for sharing this announcement with others who may be interested. This is an important part of our review process and our efforts to recommend high-quality programs for funding.

For all other questions, contact the Kansas Volunteer Commission at volunteer@ksde.org.