Putting out the call for community reviewers

Courtesy of DEED

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is looking to recruit about 100 community members to serve as grant reviewers for competitive workforce development grant programs during the fall of 2022 and winter of 2022-23. 

DEED is committed to including more voices and perspectives in its grantmaking process—and including community reviewers is an important way to do this. The organization wants community reviewers who are aware of the current challenges that job seekers face.

DEED has recruited community reviewers for its employment and training grants before, and the organization is eager to continue to leverage its experience and perspectives in the process.

In addition to that very important personal experience, prospective community reviewers should have an interest in workforce development, as well as experience in grantmaking, education, training, workforce, and/or a related area. DEED also requires community reviewers to participate in a short online training session.

DEED is seeking individuals who can dedicate 20-40 hours to read grant proposals over the course of 2-3 weeks. Grant reviewers will read approximately 6-12 proposals during November and/or December. Proposals are generally 12-15 pages in length, with additional supporting and budget documents that should also be reviewed.

DEED will provide a small stipend to community reviewers who meet eligibility requirements, complete training and review on time, and complete the required process to receive payments.

How to apply

Go to bit.ly/DEEDReviewers to complete a short online application form. The application will close at 11:45 pm on November 10, 2022. If you have questions, feel free to join one of the two optional community reviewer information sessions. Both of these online sessions will contain the same information. Sessions will be recorded and posted on our YouTube page if you aren’t able to attend. 

November 1, 2022 at 10 am.Join on your computer, mobile app, or room device by going to bit.ly/DEEDNov1

November 7, 2022, at 4 pm. Join on your computer, mobile app, or room device by going to bit.ly/DEEDNov7

If you have any questions, email AskDEED@nchomilo. Deven Bowdry is the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) interim director of the Office of Public Engagement.

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