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The Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism seeks applicants to serve on a review panel to assess grant applications for 2017 - 2018 AmeriCorps program funds. The funds awarded as a result of this grant application process will support AmeriCorps programs and member service across Maryland.

Benefits
Participating in an AmeriCorps grant review is an excellent professional development opportunity and chance to provide a vital volunteer service. Reviewers will learn about Maryland's existing AmeriCorps program network and help the Office on Service and Volunteerism determine how best to maximize this valuable resource for all of Maryland's communities. They will sharpen their own grant-writing skills, learn about AmeriCorps grants and program requirements, and work with a review team to score individual applications.

Qualifications
The Office on Service and Volunteerism seeks a diverse group of reviewers who can thoroughly and quickly assess the quality of grant applications, and who possess expertise in programming that addresses critical individual and community needs in the areas of education, healthy futures, economic opportunities, environmental stewardship, veterans and military families, and disaster services. Reviewers must be able to complete all of the requirements listed below. They must be able to read a large volume of material in a defined period of time, provide in-depth individual analysis, and participate in small group discussions.

Examples of places past reviewers have worked or volunteered include community or faith-based nonprofits, community or national foundations, government agencies, schools, and colleges and universities. They have been educators, administrators, and managers. Anyone submitting a 2017 AmeriCorps grant to the Office on Service and Volunteerism is ineligible to serve as a peer reviewer. Reviewers will be asked to disclose any potential conflicts of interest with grant applicants prior to the review.

Mandatory Participation Commitments
Those selected to serve as peer reviewers must submit a conflict of interest form, review all grant application instructions, read and score up to four grant applications, and attend an in-person consensus review meeting. The dates and times are detailed below. On average, it will take 90 minutes to review each application. Each reviewer also will need to allot additional time to become acquainted with the review process and application instructions.

ACTIVITY DATE TIME LOCATION
Submit conflict of interest form and receive applications to review No later than April 7, 2017 Determined by reviewer and staff communication Email
Application review and scoring No later than May 4, 2017 Determined by reviewer Determined by reviewer
Peer Review Consensus meeting Thursday, May 4, 2017 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Crownsville
To apply to be a Maryland AmeriCorps grant peer reviewer, please submit an application, including a current resume, no later than Friday, March 17, at 5 p.m. Applicants will be notified of their selection no later than April 3. Selected reviewers must attend the Peer Review Consensus meeting on Thursday, May 4, 2017.

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