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Chatham County still needs volunteers for nonprofit grant review panels

Posted Sunday, January 30, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - Chatham County is still in need of residents willing to serve on panels to review nonprofit funding requests. Panelists can select from meeting times in the daytime or evening hours, based on what is most convenient for them. The deadline to apply is February 17, 2011.

The county especially needs members with knowledge or expertise in human services programs, including services for seniors, children and families, low-income residents, disabled residents and residents with special needs.

The review panels have a critical role in providing a thorough review of nonprofits' applications for grants from Chatham County and providing recommendations to the Board of Commissioners on which applicants to fund.

Review panel volunteers will receive training in March, visit four to six agencies in early April (at the volunteers' convenience), hear 30-minute presentations from four to six agencies, and recommend county funding for each agency. Volunteers also will be asked to provide a written description of their funding recommendation and the rationale for that decision.

Volunteers can select the four-hour time blocks that they wish to serve. Meetings will be scheduled to accommodate as many volunteers as possible as well as to accommodate the nonprofit agencies under review. Review panels will meet between April 18 and 22.

Volunteers must be residents of Chatham County. Employees of non-profit agencies that apply for county funds are ineligible to serve. Board members and volunteers of non-profit agencies that apply for county funds may serve on a panel that is not related to their non-profit agency or any similar agency.

Those who want to serve on the review panels must submit a completed volunteer application no later than February 17, 2011. To obtain a form:

* Visit the following webpage to download a form you can fill in and email it back. It also can be printed off and mailed back. Email to or send it to Lisa West, Chatham County Manager's Office, P. O. Box 1809, Pittsboro, NC 27312 or fax to 919-542-8272.

* Printed copies of the application form also can be obtained at the three library branches in Goldston, Pittsboro and Siler City and in the County Manager's Office located on the second floor of the Courthouse Annex Building located on the south side of the traffic circle in Pittsboro.

Call Lisa West at 919-545-8483 if you have questions or want more information.

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Chatham County still needs volunteers for nonprofit grant review panels
Panels provide a thorough review of nonprofits’ applications for grants from Chatham County.

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