Believe and Build Afterschool Grant: Community Reviewer Application 

Purpose of Believe & Build Afterschool Grants

We want more young people in Minnesota to have access to afterschool programs that support their healthy development. We do this through the lens of recognizing the importance of community and the strength of strong cultural grounding. The Believe & Build Afterschool grants seek to fund effective, high-quality afterschool programs that address the academic, social-emotional and mental health needs of Minnesota’s young people in Kindergarten – 12th grade. We especially want to reach historically underserved students, particularly those who missed academic instruction and a wide range of opportunities during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years due to the pandemic.

TIP: For the purposes of this grant, “afterschool” means programs that take place before school, after school and during school-year days off. It does not include summer.

The Minnesota Department of Education defines “historically underserved students” as students with low-income, students with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, children in foster care, and rural students disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. 

Roles and Responsibilities

Ignite Afterschool is inviting community members to review the Believe and Build Afterschool Grant. We are looking for a diverse group of individuals who represent our communities across the state of Minnesota to review and score grant applications which will contribute to the selection of grantees.  Community Reviewers will receive a thorough orientation and training through an equity and antiracist lens to review and score up to 8 applications and no more than 10 submitted for the Believe and Build Afterschool Grant.  

Community Reviewer applications will be considered based on the diversity of individuals' identities, skills, and experiences. We ask that you commit to the dates below before committing to be part of this review process.

Community Reviewers will be compensated for their time.  Attending required meetings and submitting scores will be paid $100 and reviewers will receive $20/grant application reviewed.  We anticipate reviewers will receive between $260-$300
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