About the Role

Advisory panels play a key role in NYSCA’s grant evaluation process. NYSCA selects a diverse group of professionals from across the state to fulfill the advisory panelist role. Panelists’ expertise spans every discipline represented in NYSCA’s grant programs as well as many facets of non-profit management.

NYSCA selects members of the advisory panels from a list of nominees. Each year, NYSCA solicits nominations from NYSCA staff, Council members, current panelists, current grantees, and the general public. Self-nominations are accepted.

The advisory panels evaluate and rate each grant application according to opportunity evaluation criteria (which can be found in opportunity guidelines)  

Prior to participating in panel review meetings, all NYSCA panelists are required to complete a panelist training webinar.

Term: April 1 to March 31

Members may be reappointed for a term of up to three years. In general, a panelist serving three consecutive years will not be reappointed.

Location of Panel Meetings: All FY2022 panels will be conducted virtually.  


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Selection Process and Requirements

Nominations are now being accepted for advisory panelists.

All panelists must be New York State residents for the duration of their service period. Advisory panelists will be recommended by the NYSCA staff with the approval of the Council. Approved panelists will be notified by letter.

The deadline to submit your nomination for the FY2022 grant cycle is August 20, 2021. Advisory panelists must demonstrate expertise in at least one of NYSCA’s evaluation criteria. Panelists may apply to up to three NYSCA Programs.

Advisory panelists are required to act with utmost impartiality with respect to the evaluation and rating of applications and to protect panel deliberations from any potential conflict of interest or the appearance of such a conflict. Panelists will be required to acknowledge any affiliations with organizations making applications to the Council and must comply with New York State Ethics Laws.

How to submit a nomination:

To make a nomination, submit a completed Nomination Form and the nominee’s resume or summary of experience to NYSCA by mail or email at the addresses listed below by the due date.

Panelist nomination form

To nominate an advisory panelist, please complete the panelist nomination form and submit with the nominee’s resume or summary of experience via email.

Submit Nominations by Email: [email protected]

Fairness and the Panel Process

In order to ensure fairness in the application review process, applicants are strictly prohibited from contacting Panelists associated with and/or involved in the activities or affairs of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) in any way to obtain or share information regarding the NYSCA application review process. This includes all activity associated with NYSCA at its main office, including panel discussions, and all communication with NYSCA staff including, but not limited to exchanges via email, telephone, or online system.

All data, materials, knowledge and information generated through, originating from, or having to do with NYSCA or persons associated with our activities, including contractors, is to be considered privileged and confidential and is not to be disclosed to any third party. This also includes, but is not limited to, any information of, or relating to, panel discussion, applications, and funding recommendations.

All inquiries about panel results and proceedings must be communicated to the NYSCA staff directly.