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Grant Review Committee - Accepting Applications!

Are you passionate about supporting deaf nonprofits and their work? DOF is accepting applications through August 9th from interested deaf community members with a range of nonprofit experience to join our grant review committee. Selected committee members will help evaluate grant applications from the 2025 funding cycle. This is a paid opportunity.

About Deaf Organizations Fund (DOF):

Deaf Organizations Fund seeks to strengthen organizations working with deaf communities through accessible grants and resources. In doing so, DOF envisions a future in which deaf communities have access to a wide array of services provided by thriving, well-resourced deaf organizations.

DOF will launch our sixth funding cycle, the 2025 Impact Grant for Deaf Organizations, in the Fall of 2024 with grant awards disbursed in early 2025. Approximately $100K will be distributed between 4 to 6 deaf-centric nonprofits.   

About the Grant Review Committee:

DOF is seeking grant review committee members to review applications using DOF’s evaluation rubric and to participate in collective decision-making about allocating grant dollars. The committee will consist of individuals from and connected to deaf communities, and those who have a range of experience within the nonprofit sector. Committee members will review applicants submitted in English and American Sign Language with transcripts. 

Experience and Skills Needed:

  1. Identity and lived experience: Those who identify as a member of deaf communities, including Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and DeafDisabled.   
    • Priority: Those who represent and have lived experiences in communities traditionally experiencing less access to power, representation, and opportunities, including Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), and other marginalized groups.

  2. Connection to the nonprofit sector: Those with past or current experience in the nonprofit sector (i.e., volunteer, staff, senior team, board member, advisory committee, etc.).   
    • Priority: Those with experience providing resources for deaf communities and organizations, and/or with securing and managing grants.  

  3. Availability: Members need to commit to approximately 30 to 40 hours between September and November, and to attend at least three committee meetings on Zoom.

Benefits:

  1. $500 compensation

  2. Opportunity to learn about the experiences and challenges of deaf-centric nonprofits across the country

  3. Have a role in shaping and informing DOF’s grantmaking commitments

Expectations:

Collaborative Decision-Making: A commitment to sharing and learning from diverse perspectives, working collaboratively and toward consensus.

Language: All committee meetings will be facilitated in American Sign Language (ASL).  

Accommodations: Upon request, DOF will provide accommodation(s) throughout the grant review process

Internet: The grant review process will occur on Submittable, DOF’s online grant portal, and over at least three Zoom meetings. Committee members will need access to a tablet/computer and high-speed internet connectivity to participate fully.   

Conflicts of Interest:

(a) Committee members will be asked to sign a conflict-of-interest policy and to declare any real or perceived conflicts of interest. Members selected to be on the committee will be asked to recuse themselves from the decision-making process for applications in which there is conflict.

(b) Committee members must be willing to share their headshot and brief bio on DOF website, application materials, and marketing platforms to inform the applicant pool as to who is on the grant review committee and to identify potential conflicts of interest.

Confidentiality: Committee members must sign and abide by a confidentiality agreement. 

Interested in joining the grant review committee?
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Deaf Organizations Fund, formerly known as CSD Unites Community Foundation, is fiscally sponsored by the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD).
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