SFAC’s peer review panel process is designed to ensure the transparency of our grantmaking and to reflect our agency values of cultural equity — empowering communities historically underserved in the arts and in San Francisco. Panelists will review grant applications and meet in a publicly accessible setting to discuss, score, and ultimately make funding recommendations to the Commission.
SFAC seeks panelists based in the greater Bay Area who are deeply knowledgeable about the arts, arts education, cultural equity, promising practices of nonprofits, cultural facility and capital needs, and issues in historically underserved communities. We look for panelists who are artists, engaged in the arts as a profession, and/or strongly rooted in fields related to cultural equity. Younger professionals with relevant experiences are encouraged to apply. Former panelists who have not served in two or more years should consider reapplying.
Staff does due diligence to ensure that the makeup of our panels is equitably representative of both San Francisco’s demographics, and the specific applicant pool at hand in terms of racial/ethnic representation, gender representation, LGBTQ representation, special needs representation, as well as equitable representation of artistic disciplines and organizational expertise.