Decentralization Grant Panels

The Decentralization program issues grants through decisions made by a panel of community members. If you’d like to make a difference in your community through the arts, volunteering as a panelist is your chance (plus, it looks great on your resume)! Since our service area includes Greene, Columbia, and Schoharie Counties, we need panelists that represent ALL of those areas.

Due to the incredible diversity of our region, we’re looking for the best representatives of that diversity – all of you! There is no age, education, or experience requirement. See the diagrams below for the demographics of our 2019 panelists.

Quick eligibility check – if you can answer “yes” to all of these questions, you’re probably eligible to serve on one of GCCA’s Decentralization panels:

  • Do I reside in Greene, Columbia, or Schoharie County?
  • Do I have an interest in my community?
  • Do I have time to commit a full day to the panel review meeting?

For a full list of eligibility requirements, please see the Panel Handbook.

If you’re interested in being a panelist, please  look over the Panel Handbook, which will explain the process thoroughly, then fill out the interest form below. As always, feel free to reach out to your respective Grant Coordinator with questions, but please refer to the handbook first.

Please note that panelists will be required to fill out, sign, and return a Letter of Commitment and Affiliation Statement.



A HUGE thank you to all of our 2019 panelists:

  • Anne Morton
  • Carline Seide-Murphy
  • Catherine Adams
  • Danielle Palleschi
  • David Eustace
  • Doug Guevara
  • Ellen Thorn
  • Erika Klein
  • Gina Martin
  • Jeff Tufano
  • Jill Skupin Burkholder
  • Joan Wissert
  • Joseph Herwick
  • Josephine Dzielski
  • Julia Walter
  • Katharine Umsted
  • Linda Mussmann
  • Linden Victoria T. Smith
  • Matthew Pavloff
  • Neva E. Wartell
  • Paul Ricciardi
  • Paula Lalala
  • Phoebe Potter
  • Robert Tomlinson
  • Scott Myers
  • Sonny Ochs
  • Sophie Henderson
  • Steve Whitesell
  • Sue O’Brien
  • Tasha Depp


To give you a better idea of who is representing our communities, check out the diagrams below!

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