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NCFY recently received this question on our live chat. Here, we share an expanded version of our response.
Q: How can I be a grant reviewer for Family and Youth Services Bureau? I am a school counselor—so I’m interested in issues relating to preventive programs or education.
A: We’re glad you’re interested in reviewing grant applications for the Family and Youth Services Bureau. FYSB relies on experienced youth and family services professionals to review applications for the discretionary grants offered by its Runaway and Homeless Youth, Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, and Family Violence Prevention and Services programs. You can learn more about each of the programs on the FYSB website.
When you apply, you enter a pool of potential reviewers. If you’re selected as a grant reviewer or review committee chairperson, you will be responsible for evaluating grant applications and assisting FYSB in selecting the best programs for funding. Former grant reviewers say the experience has benefitted them personally and professionally.
One thing to remember: You can’t become a reviewer if you’ve submitted an application for FYSB funding in the same year. FYSB grant reviews usually occur during the summer, so if you miss this year’s cycle, you can reapply next spring.
Other federal agencies and offices also recruit grant reviewers, and have their own processes for doing so. Go to the website of the federal entity you’re interested in and search for “grant review” or “peer reviewers.”