Peer Advisor Network
The Peer Advisor Network (PAN) is a 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. The program is also available to corresponding community cultural groups without a formal 501-C-3 designation. PAN is supported by a network of specially trained advisors who are matched with specific client needs. Consulting contracts are available for up to a two-day consultancy to help address numerous health and wellness issues and/or to help advance an existing or establish a new expertise. Clients directly contract with an assigned advisor. PAN Advisor fees are fixed at $300 per day: the Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) awards two thirds of the Advisor fee ($200) and the client pays one third ($100).
Peer Advisor Network Brochure
Peer support can help organizations and groups with planning, organizational issues, financial management, technology, programming, marketing, community participation, evaluation and more.
To see the list of Peer Advisor Biographies, click here.
Working with a Peer Advisor, you can:
Establish direction at a crucial time (support leadership transitions, conduct an organizational assessment, non-profit start-up, etc.)
Develop your organizationís functional capacity (Board or staff development, fund raising, program evaluation, etc.)
Address a particular project or issue (office technologies, preparing a marketing plan, soliciting community input, etc.)
Ascertain priorities (strategic planning, advocacy, facility planning, etc.)
and much more!
Cultural organizations or groups can receive 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. Peer Advisor fees are set at $300 per day: COA subsidizes two thirds of the Advisor fee ($200/day) and the Client pays the remaining one third ($100/day). Clients must cover travel. A full list of advisor services is listed in the Application Form.
The following are eligible for a Peer Advisor assignment:
arts, heritage, tourism and cultural non profit 501 (c)(3) organizations
arts, heritage, tourism and cultural municipal organizations
emerging arts, heritage, tourism and cultural groups and associations
The following are NOT eligible for a Peer Advisor assignment:
For profit organizations/businesses
Other than arts, heritage, tourism and cultural organizations & emerging groups
(social service, civic, healthcare, Chambers of Commerce etc.)
Contact the local arts agency that serves your town (see list below). A phone conversation about your organizationís or groupís current needs will help to clarify and prepare your application. Read the PAN Program Guidelines for further details regarding contract terms, application, and annual maximums.
The application includes an Organizational Assessment and a convenient Assessment Auto Summary grid. Forms are also available online from each PAN regional office (see contact information below). A PAN program manager will call or email you upon initial review of your application to notify you of approval for a Peer Advisor match. Every effort will be made to assign a Peer Advisor within the needed time frame.
Application Review Criteria: Eligible applications are reviewed year-round Ė there are no application deadlines. Review criteria include the appropriateness of the request, the prospects for a positive outcome, and the applicantís readiness to act in response. If recommended for approval, the PAN Regional Office will discuss your request with an appropriate Peer Advisor, notify the client of a potential match, and forward relevant materials to the selected Advisor. The Peer Advisor will contact the client directly to discuss pertinent needs and logistics and will initiate a Memorandum of Understanding.
The Memorandum of Understanding: The terms of each advising assignment, made in writing, are signed by the client and the Peer Advisor. The Memorandum of Understanding is available from the program
Evaluation: To assess quality of service and overall effectiveness, a Final Report form must be submitted by both the Client and the Peer Advisor within four weeks following the culmination of the advising assignment. Additional PAN assignments will not be awarded unless prior evaluations have been submitted.
Confidentiality: Peer Advisors commit to keep confidential all information shared during a PAN consultancy. Likewise, PAN office staff and COA keep confidential all information related to a Peer Advisor consultancy.
The PAN program is administered by five PAN field offices. Interested organizations or groups should contact the appropriate PAN field office for assistance and to submit an application and complete a self-assessment. See the town listing below for your PAN regional office.
PAN Regional Offices: Look for your town below, listed alphabetically under each PAN Regional Office.
Cultural Alliance of
Windham Area Arts
For more information, contact
John Cusano at 860-256-2723 or email@example.com