Professional Development Scholarships
Overview: Professional Development Scholarships provide funds to Charlotte-Mecklenburg non-profit organizations with a primary mission of arts, science or history to encourage staff and/or board members to attend workshops, conferences, or short-term training programs. We wish to encourage staff and board development at all levels of the organization.
Eligibility: Any Mecklenburg County non-profit organization whose primary mission includes arts, science or history. Public and Independent Schools, after school programs, and camps are not eligible.
Deadlines: Scholarship applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. ASC staff will accept, review and approve requests as long as funds are available. Generally applicants will be notified within three weeks.
Grant Amount: There is an annual limit of $1,500 per organization. Scholarships will be for ½ of the eligible expenses (fees, travel and hotel) capping at $1,500 per organization per fiscal year. Organizations may apply for multiple staff/board to attend the same conference under one application. A separate request should be completed for each conference.
Ineligible Expenses: Grant funds cannot be used for staff salaries or benefits, per diems, or incidental expenses incurred during the conference/professional development experience.
Match Requirement: All organizations are required to cash match the eligible expenses dollar-for-dollar. The budget template will assist with figuring out the organization match amount.
Required Reporting: Most important to ASC is learning how your Professional Development Scholarship helped improve or change the organization. All grantees will be required to submit a final report that describes the outcomes of the experience. Final reports must be filed through the online process within 30 days of the conference.
Questions: If you have any questions, please contact the Cultural & Community Investment office at 704-335-3036.
How to Apply: All applicants are required to apply through our online application system.