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Apply to Serve on Our 2023 Grant Review Committee


The Pony Barnes Foundation team is pleased to invite qualified individuals to apply to serve on our 2023 Grant Review Committee. The Grant Review Committee is responsible for evaluating grant applications according to the PBF Grant Application evaluation procedures, and recommending to the Board which applications should receive grant funding.


As committee members, individuals will have the opportunity to assess and evaluate grant proposals from organizations that share PBF’s commitment to creating transformative camp experiences for LGBTQ+ youth and their families.

Reviewers’ expertise and insights ensure a fair, equitable, and objective process to provide the Pony Barnes Foundation with a sound basis for making funding decisions, which create lasting change in the lives of LGBTQ+ youth and their families through camp.

Interested and qualified individuals must apply below by August 15th, 2023.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Review applications for PBF’s grant funding for the 2024 grant cycle over a three-week period (September 27th - October 15th)

  • Exercise non-biased judgment, fairness, and confidentiality in reviewing applications by adhering to the PBF Grant Application evaluation procedures and PBF’s Confidentiality Statement

  • Uphold a thorough understanding of PBF’s work and read provided reading materials, including mission, vision, values, and past grantee programs


  • Attend three mandatory Grant Review Committee meetings (held remotely via Zoom)* 

    • September 19th, Tuesday, 5:30pm - 6:30pm PST

    • October 18th, Wednesday, 5:30pm - 7:30pm PST

    • October 30th, Monday, 5:00pm-6pm PST

*If you are aware of a conflict with any of the mandatory meetings, please include a note about this in your application.


  • Lifelong Learner:

    • Demonstrated commitment to continuous learning and personal growth.

  • Camp Experience:

    • Previous involvement in camps as a counselor, camper, or staff member, showcasing a deep understanding of camp dynamics and the importance of experiential learning.

  • LGBTQ+ Knowledge & Experience:

    • Direct experience with LGBTQ+ issues and communities, highlighting an inclusive approach and deep understanding of the LGBTQ+ community.

  • Confidentiality Management:

    • Proven track record of handling sensitive and confidential information with the utmost discretion and professionalism.

  • Alignment with PBF's Mission and Values:

    • Strong dedication to and alignment with the mission and values of PBF.

  • Grant Review Committee Experience (preferred):

    • Previous participation in grant review committees, evidencing a comprehensive understanding of the grant evaluation process and the ability to assess proposals effectively.

Avoiding Conflicts of Interest

  • PBF questions all potential reviewers about an actual or perceived conflict of interest before assigning them to a review committee. A conflict of interest is wide ranging and can include:

    • Present or past employment (or any other fiduciary relationship) with the applicant or subcontractor (includes the reviewer's relatives)

    • Any other relationship with the applicant, subcontractor, or key staff/consultants that could be perceived as a conflict of interest (e.g., student, teacher, friend, rival, past or present co-worker)

    • Being employed by or contractually associated with an organization that has submitted an application for the grant program being reviewed

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