FDC portal/Community participation
1. Community review and evaluation of proposals
- Open comment period
After the proposal submission deadline, there is a 30-day open comment period when community members and subject-matter experts may provide input on and ask questions about specific proposals.
During this period, fund-seeking entities are encouraged to respond to input and questions, and to provide additional clarification about their proposals on the corresponding discussion pages. Entities are not able to change the proposal itself after the submission deadline. This community input and entity responses are submitted with the proposal submitted to the FDC. FDC staff will only be able to consider community commentary provided up to 7 days before the staff assessment deadline when composing staff proposal assessments. While the community may comment on proposals after the open comment period closes, the FDC may not be able to take comments made after this period into consideration.
Please visit the proposal page, which links to current proposals and their discussion pages during the comment period to contribute.
The comment period for 2012-2013 Round 2 is 1 March - 31 March 2013.
2. Participating in the selection of FDC members and the Ombudsperson
The FDC is a diverse body of people reflecting different aspects of the movement, including its geographic, linguistic, and cultural diversity. The FDC will have nine voting members:
- Five representatives will be elected through community elections.
- Four representatives will be appointed by the Board of Trustees (with input and support from the current FDC).
- The FDC will have a community-elected Ombudsperson responsible for collecting and reporting on community input and feedback about the process.
Community members are encouraged to participate in the selection process by running for a position or participating in elections.
3. Submitting feedback on the FDC process
The community is an important stakeholder in the FDC process and it is critical to gather feedback from the community about how fair, transparent, and effective the FDC process is. The community-elected Ombudsperson is responsible for gathering from and representing complaints about the FDC process for the community. Please visit the comments section of the portal to add your comments.