Network Organizational Development (NOD) Grant Program Panelists

Network Organizational Development (NOD) Grant Program Panelists

By reviewing and scoring applications, NOD panelists identify projects that support organizational stability, visibility, and effectiveness across three MSAC constituencies: Arts & Entertainment District management entities and grantees of the County Arts Development and Folklife Network programs. The NOD grant is a specialized fund ensuring a stable, reliable arts infrastructure in Maryland by bolstering the capacity of MSAC’s three network-based grant programs. 

What to Expect

  • Panelists will evaluate three rounds of NOD applications, with evaluations due in October 2021, January 2022, and April 2022
  • Panelists will attend a required virtual orientation in early October, with additional check-in meetings scheduled in alignment with evaluation due dates
  • Panelists receive compensation of $650, assuming the completion of all scheduled assignments.

What We’re Looking For

  • Maryland residents with a familiarity with MSAC’s Arts & Entertainment Districts, County Arts Development, and Folklife Network programs. This may include Arts & Entertainment District management entity, county arts agency, or regional folklife center team members; constituents of such organizations, including artists; and arts administrators or cultural workers familiar with organizational development.
  • Maryland residents comprising a wide geographic representation of the state, especially the western Maryland, southern Maryland, and Eastern Shore regions.

I’m interested in serving as a panelist, but my organization also plans to apply for a NOD grant - is this allowed?

Yes, it is possible to do both! If you are associated with an applicant organization and are also a panelist, you would recuse yourself from reviewing your organization’s application to avoid any conflict of interest.

How to Apply

  • Submit your application via MSAC’s online grants management system, SmartSimple. 
  • Click Apply here! to log in or create a free account in SmartSimple.
  • Under Funding Opportunities, select "Public Call."
  • Select "Panelist" from the drop down options, and click "Save Draft" to populate the application.
  • Select “Network Organizational Development” as the Grant Program.
  • Complete the application, and click “Submit.”

Deadline: 11:59 p.m. EST, September 21, 2021

Questions? Contact Arts & Entertainment Districts and County Arts Development Program Director Abdul Ali ( or Senior Program Director Chad Buterbaugh ( for assistance.