Panel Prep

Thank you so much for serving our community by being a grant panelist! 

Next Step Fund


Please email Sam with any questions. You can also reach her at 651-523-6388

Orientation Materials


Rating Guide:


Evaluation Tips:

  • Please keep all information in the applications confidential – Do not share applications
  • Evaluate the applications based on information in the application. Do not do research outside of the application
  • However, please apply your knowledge as an expert in your field to evaluate the feasibility of the proposed project or a project’s potential for success
  • Consider bias, for example, resist the urge to favor established artists with impressive accomplishments
  • Review the application through the lens of the criteria, and only that lens

Bias Resources

Stipends & Reimbursements

Upon completion of panel participation, panelists will receive a stipend. Panelists can also request caregiver expense reimbursement. To receive your stipend, please fill out the Next Step Panelist Stipend Form and send any care reimbursement receipts to

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