Staff Development grants may be used for, but not limited to, the following:

  • Team Building
  • Conferences
  • Staff Retreats
  • Campus Speakers
  • Workshops
  • Audio/Video Training
  • Group/Individual Training Seminars
  • “One Time” Funds to help a project start

The grant application must be COMPLETELY FILLED OUT and meet the guidelines below.

  • Applicant Eligibility:
    Exempt & Non-exempt staff who have completed their 6 month probationary period. Executives, faculty, and students are not eligible to receive a Staff Development grant. Executives may apply on behalf of employees.
  • Project Deadline:
    The requested project must be completed within six months of the application deadline date (ex. If you apply in August, project must be completed by end of February). If the project is outside of the six month timeframe, apply during the next award cycle.
  • Required Backup Documentation:
    Attach a hard copy of costs/estimates with your application packet. Backup documentation should include: conference agenda and registration price, air fare, lodging, ground transportation, and any misc items. Grants DO NOT cover per diem. Feel free to print web pages that contain estimates and attach to the application packet.
  • Required Project Budget Worksheet:
    Funding support from a department or other sources are encouraged, but does not impact award decisions. Proposals without other financial support must include an explanation for lack of funding.
  • NO group or department applications:
    The committee can fund more than one request from the same department; however, they should be presented individually. Priority is given to those individuals who have not received funding within the past three years.
  • Project Cost Change:
    The Staff Development Grant program is not responsible for any increase in costs associated with the project. The department or individual must absorb any costs in excess of the amount awarded by the committee.
    If the cost of a project decreases, the Staff Development Grant program will only reimburse funds up to the total cost of the project. Excess funds will be returned to the Staff Development Grant fund.

Applicants will be notified within five business days of the Staff Development Committee meeting. For those who are awarded, please follow the instructions listed on the “Award Requirements” page of this site.

PLEASE NOTE: The Staff Development Grant program does not fund requests for ongoing projects (ex. Certification programs with multiple classes), wages, benefits, production costs, equipment purchases, higher education expenses (including tuition), fees or textbooks, faculty-related responsibilities, or computer technology and hardware. For technology funding, please contact your department chair.