Open Call for Panelists

Cultural Development Fund





Apr 14, 2023

The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) is currently requesting submissions for paid panelists to evaluate grant applications on behalf of the Cultural Development Fund (CDF). CDF grants are awarded through an open and competitive application process to eligible nonprofit organizations throughout the five boroughs. Organizations request programmatic support from DCLA for cultural activities in New York City that cover a broad range of arts disciplines and provide cultural experiences for the City’s residents and visitors. Find the most recent CDF criteria for applicant eligibility at this link:

DCLA strives to maintain a high level of integrity and impartiality in its decision-making processes. To ensure an inclusive perspective, DCLA encourages submissions for peer panelists who represent the diversity of New York City’s arts ecosystem with respect to race, ethnicity, disability, age, gender, and sexuality. DCLA considers a variety of factors when compiling each panel and may not be able to utilize the services of all qualified nominees.

Self-identifying demographic and other information is intended for DCLA’s post-panel evaluation process, and will not be used to determine panelist eligibility or qualification. All identifying information submitted will be held confidential.

Prospective panelists should have demonstrated expertise in and knowledge of the nonprofit arts and cultural landscape of New York City. See the “Commitments” section below for details regarding expectations and compensation.

CDF panelist submissions are accepted on a rolling basis; and we are now in the process of confirming panelists to review Fiscal Year 2024 applications. Panels are expected to take place virtually during the summer of 2023.

If you are interested in serving on a panel, please follow the instructions below. If you would like to nominate someone other than yourself, please send them the link to this form. Please do not submit this form more than once.

A complete submission consists of two parts:

The digital submission form below
Upload of a current resume