Thank you for your interest in serving as a reviewer for the Farmers Market and Local Foods Promotion Program. The application period for 2014 grant reviewers is now closed.
Prospective reviewers are expected to have knowledge of the operational aspects of direct-to-consumer and regional/local marketing venues, a background in local agriculture and agricultural retail, or farm-to-table marketing experience. Reviewers will apply their knowledge and expertise to score and comment on the grant applications.
Selected reviewers must commit approximately three weeks for the FMLFPP review process. Reviewers will be organized into teams of 3 and follow a pre-set scoring rubric. Individuals will review 15 to 20 proposals, each requiring 1 to 3 hours to complete, and participate in a group review online to reach a consensus score and develop comments for applicants. Reviewers will receive a stipend following the completion of the process.
Applicants for FMLFPP grants are not eligible to serve as reviewers. Peer reviewers will not evaluate proposals for which they – or their organizations – have a conflict of interest. Selected reviewers must sign a confidentiality agreement to refrain from sharing information about the process, the applications, and the outcomes during and after the evaluation period.