The best way to learn about all the nonprofit heroes in our communities is to become an I100 MD Grant Focus Area Chair (FAC). You'll lead committee members as we make our way through the grant review process. Click HERE for our focus areas.
We had a conversation with two of our current Focus Area Chairs. Here's what they had to say about being a part of the I100 MD Grant team.
I100 MD: Why did you choose to become a FAC?
Carla Chennault: I joined the Grant Review Committee as a FAC because I wanted to interact more regularly with other members of I100 MD. Serving as a FAC allows me to meet other women and learn more about the work that our nonprofit heroes do.
Aidis Suever: I have been a co-Focus Area Chair (formally or informally) since I joined I100 MD in 2017. I love the excitement and preparation for the grant review cycle and absolutely love getting to know many of the nonprofits during the review process.
I100 MD: What did you enjoy most about it?
Carla Chennault: Serving as a FAC keeps me engaged with the grant review process and allows me to build new relationships. This year, I got to know my co-chair Nikki Moran, as well as nonprofit leader Cindy Eggleton, founder of Brilliant Detroit which was our committee's finalist for a 2021 grant.
Aidis Suever: I love leading our Focus Area Committee as we select great nonprofit candidates. I also love getting to meet many of the members and engage with I100 MD leaders.
I100 MD: How much time did you commit as an FAC?
Carla Chennault: Being a FAC requires a bit more time than simply serving on the Grant Review Committee at large, but working with a co-chair lightens the load and makes the process fun!
Aidis Suever: The majority of the time commitment is between February and May. I would say 15 to 20 hours during that time span, and that time includes reviewing the grant submissions and preparing to meet the various grant cycle timelines. As I have done this through many years, I have become more efficient than I was in the beginning.
Would you like to join Aidis and Carla as Focus Area Chairs or be a part of the Grant Review Committee? Reach out to Carla and she can answer your questions and get you started. We would love to have you!