Staff and Manager Career Development Grants

Staff and manager grants support staff pursuing professional development. Human Resources in partnership with the University Staff Advisory Committee (USAC) offer the grants to advance the university’s mission of creating and discovering knowledge to improve our communities.

Several updates have been made to the grant process for the 2024 fiscal year. Please thoroughly review the below information.

Grant funding of up to $1,500 for individuals and $2,250 for groups of two or more is available for staff with at least a 0.75 FTE status who have been employed for at least one year. Only an interest in development is needed to apply. A specific course, program or use for the funds is not required prior to applying or receiving a staff or manager grant.

Fiscal year 2024 applications

Applications for fiscal year 2024 closed August 31, 2023. USAC will review completed applications to screen for eligibility and select recipients by a random drawing. All applicants will be informed of award decisions by Oct. 2, 2023. If awarded, recipients have 30 days to provide Workday worktag information. Upon receipt of that information, requested grant funds will be transferred to the recipient’s department, and the recipient will work with their fiscal team to use the funds. Awarded funds are available for use through June 30, 2024.

Applications for fiscal year 2025 are anticipated to open in May 2024 with awarded funds available for use during fiscal year 2025 (July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2025).

What changed this year?

  • Simplified application process
  • Scoring rubric replaced with random drawing
  • No proposed career or professional development activity required for application
  • Shifted from two award cycles per year to one and aligned to the fiscal year
  • Awarded funds transferred directly to the department, removing reimbursement requirement
  • Increased award amounts, combined group

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