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CDF Evaluation Panel Recruitment

What is the CDF Evaluation Panel and what does it do?

The Community Development Fund (CDF) Evaluation Panel is a Specific Purpose committee to provide advice to Council. The Panel is made up of three Councillors and three local community members.

Council officers from the Community Partnerships team support the Panel with advice and technical support and undertake the preliminary eligibility check of all CDF applications.

CDF grants applications are assessed by the CDF Panel over a series of evening meetings in August/September each year, and the Panel's recommendations are then referred to Council for final approval. The number of applications submitted in a year averages at around 80-100. All eligible applications are assessed individually by each Panel member using an on-line assessment program then the Panel gets together to work through the final recommendations.

Who is eligible to be a community member on the Panel?

To be eligible as a member of the CDF Evaluation Panel you must:

  • Be a resident of Knox;
  • Have an interest and understanding of local community groups and their benefit to the Knox community; and
  • Be able to participate within the annual timeframe and meeting schedule for the CDF grants round.

Community members also need to:

  • Have a well-developed knowledge of the local Knox community and its diverse range of community groups;
  • Be committed to consensus decision making;
  • Be interested in supporting the capacity and effectiveness of community groups that contribute to the community's wellbeing;
  • Be prepared to represent a cross-section of community interests and priorities without bias;
  • Provide assessment responses within the necessary timeframes;
  • Be available to attend evening Panel meetings;
  • Be comfortable utilising an on-line assessment system as part of the Panel process; and
  • Be prepared to commit to the Panel for up to four years.

What do community members get for participating?

Community members on Council Advisory Committees participate in a voluntary capacity and do not receive any remuneration or fees.

Past and current members have enjoyed learning about all of the many and varied activities and projects being undertaken across the Knox community. The Panel process also provides the opportunity to learn more about what Council does and how Council's grants processes work.

What time commitment is required?

There is a minimum of six meetings over the year, including the Grants Celebration evening in November which is held to acknowledge the year's grant recipients and celebrate the achievements of previous grant projects.
The CDF Panel meetings commence with an introductory meeting in July to brief Panel members about the assessment process.

All Panel members need to make time over August to read and score all the eligible applications against the specified criteria and provide comments as appropriate.

There are then 3-5 evening meetings over two weeks in September to discuss individual assessment and finalise agreed recommendations.

The Panel re-convenes at an agreed time after the Grants Celebration event to reflect on the grants process and provide any comments or feedback to Council officers in preparation for the next year.

What must I do to nominate for the Panel?

Applications must be submitted by 5pm on Monday 3 May 2021.

Previous applicants are welcome to apply again.

Any enquiries please contact the Community Partnerships Team on 9298 8000.

Selection Process

Council will be responsible for appointing members to the Community Development Fund Evaluation Panel and will consider recommendations in June.

Interviews with short-listed applicants will be held in mid-May 2021, and those applicants will be contacted as soon as possible to arrange a suitable time.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process by the last week in June.

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