Conflict of Interest Policy Shelburne County is a region with a small population. There are a limited number of artists living here. The Arts Council needs to call upon this limited number of artists to run the organization. This is a significant commitment that will likely last for a number of years. It is inevitable that some of these working artists will want to call upon the resources of the Arts Council to support their work. Therefore, the Shelburne County Arts Council allows those working for the Arts Council in any capacity to apply for funding from the organization. This includes sitting board members, committee members and staff.
The Arts Council also has a strong commitment to avoiding conflicts of interest. By working for the Arts Council, an artist should not gain an advantage over other artists and applicants. Therefore, if a board member or other person working for or with the Arts Council submits an application, he or she then declares a conflict and does not review any applications at all. That applicant does not participate in any granting evaluations or decision making for as long as the application is being assessed.
Such applicants may not apply for more than one grant per fiscal year. Applications from such applicants undergo the same scrutiny that all applications receive.