What does a grant assessor do?

December 2, 2020

Collage of assessor faces

Ever wondered what a CBF grant assessor does? At the recent 2020 Community Broadcasting Association of Australia conference, Georgina Boucher, our Grants Support Team member who looks after assessors, explained what is involved.

Here’s a quick summary of her conference power talk.

Who are the CBF grant assessors?

  • Volunteers from community radio stations and community media organisations across Australia.
  • There are currently 140 members of the Grant Assessor Team.

What do grant assessors do?

  • Assess grants twice a year over a three-week period in March and September, following our major grant rounds.
  • We match-make skills with applications to ensure the most appropriate person is looking at grant applications.

Where do grant assessors fit into the grants process?

  1. Grant applications are submitted.
  2. Grants Support Team assigns applications to assessors – every application is assessed by a minimum of five grant assessors.
  3. Grant assessors complete their assessments online, and their scores and comments are aggregated by the Grants Support Team.
  4. Grant Advisory Committees consider the feedback and other factors before making recommendations to the Board.
  5. The Board decides which grants are successful and how the funding is spent based on these recommendations.

How much work is involved?

  • Each assessor is allocated approximately 25 applications. On average, assessments take around 10-20 minutes to complete or roughly 8 hours for 25 applications.
  • Assessors also participate in about 12 hours training.

Do I have to commit to doing two assessment rounds?

Each round, we put out a call for assessors to see who is available. If you have work, travel or other commitments that’s okay. You can choose to be part of the next round.

What are the benefits of being a grants assessor?

  • You learn about how our grants are assessed and the criteria we use to assess applications.
  • You learn the common pitfalls of applications and what a strong application looks like.
  • Your insights will help your organisation to write winning applications.
  • You get to find out about great ideas, initiatives and trends across the sector.
  • You are part of a great team of peers and are supported throughout the year with training and workshops.

Want to find out more about becoming a CBF grants assessor?

Watch Georgie’s conference power talk online.

Get in touch with Georgie

If you already know that this is how you’d like to contribute to community media, then sign up to be an assessor now.

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