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Designing Agile and Equitable Granting Systems

Join Submittable’s Caitlin Stainken, in partnership with Peak Grantmaking, as she interviews Lauren Slone, MAP Fund’s director of grants and research, on how MAP Fund has worked to design more agile and equitable systems into its granting process. MAP awards $1 million annually to support innovation and cross-cultural exploration in new works of live performance.

With an emphasis on creating application and review structures that have the potential to welcome diverse applicants, we’ll explore MAP’s process, innovations, and lessons learned over its 30 years of grantmaking. You’ll hear ideas for how to:

• Minimize the applicant’s burden and create a feedback-rich organizational culture

• Remove staff bias as much as possible

• Assemble a diverse, national cohort of peer reviewers

• And why it’s important to be willing to experiment and fail

Original air date: February 25, 2020 in partnership with Peak Grantmaking

Hosted By:

Picture of your host, Caitlin Stainken

Caitlin Stainken is the Director of New Business at Submittable. She joined the team in 2015. Caitlin has an MFA in fiction from the University of Montana, and she’s an alumnus of the Chicago Neo-Futurists. At 5’4″, she’s the tallest woman in her family.

Picture of your host, Lauren Ree Slone

Lauren Ree Slone is a lifelong student of dance and a choreographic systems thinker who creates many different ways of connecting people and ideas. At MAP Fund, Lauren oversees the core grantmaking vision, strategy, and operations. She is deeply focused on aligning MAP’s structural practices with its mission and values in efforts to facilitate a truly iterative, responsive, and anti-oppressive resource distribution process.

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Hosted By:

Picture of your host, Caitlin Stainken

Caitlin Stainken is the Director of New Business at Submittable. She joined the team in 2015. Caitlin has an MFA in fiction from the University of Montana, and she’s an alumnus of the Chicago Neo-Futurists. At 5’4″, she’s the tallest woman in her family.

Picture of your host, Lauren Ree Slone

Lauren Ree Slone is a lifelong student of dance and a choreographic systems thinker who creates many different ways of connecting people and ideas. At MAP Fund, Lauren oversees the core grantmaking vision, strategy, and operations. She is deeply focused on aligning MAP’s structural practices with its mission and values in efforts to facilitate a truly iterative, responsive, and anti-oppressive resource distribution process.