CCT: Peer Advisor Network

Peer Advisor Network


The Peer Advisor Network (PAN) affords your organization or group important options to grow and learn amid day-to-day challenges!  PAN is a highly flexible, short-term consulting service available to:

        Non-profit arts, heritage, tourism and cultural organizations working directly in support of arts, heritage, humanities and film, and;

        Community cultural groups working in the same fields but without formal 501-C-3 IRS designation.

 

Perhaps itís time to address unsettling health and wellness issues or to take advantage of a great opportunity to establish new areas of expertise?  Using a simple application process with no submission deadlines, PAN provides its Clients with a network of specially trained advisors who are thoughtfully matched with your specific needs.  Consulting contracts are available for up to a two-day consultancy (16 hours) to help your group or organization.  PAN Clients contract directly with their assigned advisor using simple and helpful PAN forms.

 

While PAN Advisor fees are fixed at the low rate of $300 per day, PAN Clients pay only one third of the consulting fee ($100/per day) and the Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) pays the other two thirds ($200).  Read about more about the programís details in the Peer Advisor Network Brochure which you can share with your colleagues and board members.


Valuable peer support can provide that expert, outside perspective you need to help with planning, organizational issues, financial management, technology, programming, marketing, community engagement, evaluation and more.  Peer Advisors are committed to maintaining confidentiality of all information shared during a PAN consultancy.  Likewise, PAN office staff and COA keep confidential all information related to a Peer Advisor consultancy.

Working with a Peer Advisor, you can:

 

Establish direction at a crucial time

        Support a major leadership transition

        Conduct an organizational assessment

        Get help with a non-profit start-up, and so on.

 

Develop important practical capacities

        Build program evaluation skills

        Educate your Board or staff

        Learn more about fund raising, and so on.

 

Tackle a particular project or issue

        Advance critical office technologies

        Prepare a marketing plan

        Solicit key community input, and so on.

 

Clarify vital priorities

        Conduct strategic planning

        Engage in advocacy

        Prepare a facility plan, and much, much more!

 
To see a list of Peer Advisor Biographies, click here.


Cultural organizations or groups can contract from a half-day (4 hours) to up to two days (16 hours) of on- or off-site direct consulting services in the form of individual meetings, group meetings and/or training.  PAN Clients may also be asked to cover modest travel costs for mileage.  For a full list of advisor services, review the PAN Application Form.  You can also read the PAN Program Guidelines for details regarding eligibility, contract terms, the application process and annual maximums.


 

Briefly, hereís how PAN operates:

  • Applications are reviewed year-round Ė there are no application deadlines.

  • Contact the Peer Advisor Network Field Office that serves your town (see the list below).  A brief phone conversation about your current needs will help you to clarify and prepare your application.  Every effort will be made to assign a Peer Advisor within the needed time frame.

  • With help from your PAN Field Office, you complete the Application Form and, in some cases, an Organizational Assessment and a convenient Assessment Auto Summary grid to support your process.

  • The PAN Field Office will discuss your request with the most appropriate Peer Advisor, notify you of the potential match and forward the relevant PAN materials to the selected Advisor.

  • The Peer Advisor will contact the Client directly to discuss the match and to review pertinent needs and logistics.  If the match feels good to all, the Advisor will initiate a PAN Memorandum of Understanding which constitutes the formal scope of work (in writing and signed by both parties).

  • At the end of the assignment, a Final Report is submitted by both the Client and the Peer Advisor.

 

 

The PAN program is administered by five PAN Field Offices. Use the town listing below to find your PAN Field Office and get your application underway today!


Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County
      
Gate Lodge at Mathews Park
     301 West Avenue
     Norwalk, CT 06850
     203-256-2329
     www.culturalalliancefc.org
     info@culturalalliancefc.org


Greater Hartford Arts Council
      100 Pearl Street
      P.O. Box 231436
      Hartford, CT 06123-1436
      860-525-8629
      www.letsgoarts.org
      info@letsgoarts.org


Northwest Connecticut
Arts Council
       
40 Main Street
      Second Floor, Suite 1

      
Torrington, CT 06790
      
860-618-0075
      www.artsnwct.org
      info@artsnwct.org


Shoreline Arts Alliance
      
725 Boston Post Road
      
Guilford, CT 06437-2752
      
203-453-3890
      www.shorelinearts.org
      office@shorelinearts.org


WindhamARTS
      1010 Main Street
      
P.O. Box 43
      Willimantic, CT 06226
      
860-423-6389 ext. 14
      www.windhamarts.org
      info@windhamarts.org


PAN Regional Offices:  Look for your town below, listed alphabetically under each PAN Regional Office.

Cultural Alliance of
Fairfield
County

Greater Hartford
Arts Council

Northwest Connecticut
Arts Council

Shoreline Arts
Alliance

Windham Area Arts
Collaborative

Ansonia
Bethany
Beacon Falls
Bethel
Bridgeport
Bridgewater
Brookfield
Danbury
Darien
Derby
Easton
Fairfield
Greenwich
Middlebury
Monroe
Naugatuck
New Canaan
New
Fairfield
Newtown
Norwalk
Oxford
Prospect
Redding
Ridgefield
Seymour
Shelton
Southbury
Stamford
Stratford
Trumbull
Waterbury
Weston
Westport
Wilton
Wolcott

Andover
Avon
Berlin
Bloomfield
Bolton
Bristol
Burlington
Canton
East Granby
East Hartford
East Windsor
Ellington
Enfield
Farmington
Glastonbury
Granby
Hartford
Hebron
Manchester
Marlborough
New Britain
New Hartford
Newington
Plainville
Rocky Hill
Simsbury
Somers
Southington
South Windsor
Suffield
Vernon
West Hartford
Wethersfield
Windsor
Windsor Locks

Barkhamsted
Bethlehem
Canaan
Colebrook
Cornwall
Goshen
Hartland
Harwinton
Kent
Litchfield
Morris
New
Hartford
New Milford
Norfolk
North Canaan
Plymouth
Roxbury
Salisbury
Sharon
Sherman
Thomaston
Torrington
Warren
Washington
Watertown
Winchester
Woodbury

Branford
Cheshire
Chester
Clinton
Cromwell
Deep River
Durham
East Haddam
East Hampton
East Haven
East Lyme
Essex
Groton
Guilford
Haddam
Hamden
Killingworth
Lyme
Madison
Meriden
Middlefield
Middletown
Milford
New Haven
New London
NorthBranford
North Haven
Old Lyme
Old Saybrook
Orange
Portland
Stonington
Wallingford
Waterford
Westbrook
West Haven
Woodbridge

Ashford
Bozrah
Brooklyn
Canterbury
Chaplin
Colchester
Columbia
Coventry
Eastford
Franklin
Griswold
Hampton
Killingly
Lebanon
Ledyard
Lisbon
Mansfield
Montville
North Stonington
Norwich
Plainfield
Pomfret
Preston
Putnam
Salem
Scotland
Sprague
Stafford
Sterling
Thompson
Tolland
Union
Voluntown
Willington
Windham/Willimantic
Woodstock



 

For more information, contact
John Cusano at 860-256-2723 or 
john.cusano@ct.gov