Who will assess my grant application?
How are grants assessed?
Grants are assessed individually by at least two people, from the Investment Pool members.
Smaller grants are assessed individually by at least two Regional Arts WA staff.
During this process, assessors do not discuss the application with anyone. They can contact the Regional Arts WA Project Officer if they need more information about the applications.
Once the individual assessments are complete, all grant assessors attend an Assessment Meeting with two Regional Arts WA staff members, and an independent person who will be the Chair. The Chair is responsible for leading the meeting and collecting feedback.
What is the Investment Pool?
The Investment Pool is made up of independent artists, arts workers, and community members from across Western Australia. They assess grant applications submitted to Regional Arts WA’s grants.
People, from the Investment Pool, must perform their duties in a professional and responsible manner that is clear, accountable, and free from conflict of interests. Everyone are required to read and accept the Investment Pool Terms of Reference and Code of Conduct [PDF] before assessing any grant.
Who are the Investment Pool members?
A full list of people in Investment Pool can be found on our website.
They provide a balanced and fair representation of arts practices, ages, genders, backgrounds, interests, and regions. The people in the Investment Pool:
Regional Arts WA’s Board of Directors are members of the Investment Pool. Regional Arts WA staff cannot be members of the Investment Pool. When required, individuals from outside Western Australia may be invited to be part of the Investment Pool.
What is a conflict of interest?
A conflict of interest arises where a grant assessor:
All grant assessors must declare any perceived, potential, or actual conflicts of interest prior to assessing any grant.
How do you identify and manage conflicts of interest?
Grant assessors are formally asked to declare any conflicts at each of the following stages:
If a conflict of interest is identified, they will not assess the application and is removed from the Assessment Meeting while that application is being discussed. The conflict is recorded by Regional Arts WA for future reference.
How can I apply to be part of the Investment Pool?
Any regionally based artist, arts worker, or community member who is committed to the arts, can submit an expression of interest to join the Investment Pool.
By ‘regionally based’, we mean anyone living in the following Regional Development Commission Boundaries:
To join the Investment Pool, send the following two documents to Regional Arts WA Investment Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org):
Afterwards, your expression of interest will be reviewed and sent to the Regional Arts WA’s Board of Directors for approval.
Download the Investment Pool EOI and FAQ document [PDF].