Faculty Development Grants

List of Members of the Faculty Development Advisory Committee

Faculty Development Grants are to fund faculty for travel, conference attendance, and workshop facilitation.

Faculty Development grant applications due by the 2nd Monday of the month BEFORE the event begins (state rules!). Applications submitted in July, August, and September are reviewed in October. If you have questions, please contact: FD@seattlecolleges.edu

Due Dates for 2016-2017 :

  • Monday, October 10, 2016

  • Monday, November 14, 2016

  • Monday, December 12, 2016

  • Monday, January 9, 2017

  • Monday, February 13, 2017

  • Monday, March 13, 2017

  • Monday, April 10, 2017

  • Monday, May 8, 2017

  • Monday, June 12, 2017



Each year, a faculty member if the Seattle College District is eligible to receive:

  • Individual Grants up to a maximum total of $550

    Examples of ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUAL proposals:

    • Tuition or fees for workshops, conferences, special courses, seminars, etc.
    • Cost of audio/video tapes and/or software when associated with a conference or workshop (Item becomes property of your division)
    • Travel expenses to attend activities listed above

    Examples of INELIGIBLE INDIVIDUAL proposals:

    • Travel to distant locations when a similar resource is available locally
    • Classes taken at SCD for which you may get a tuition waiver
    • Materials and textbooks that are considered personal property
    • Cost of organization membership fees, exam fees, or professional license fees
    • Private instruction or tutorials when similar instruction is available through an established program
    • Local events that do not have a registration fee associated with attending the activity  
  • Presenter Grant up to a maximum total of $900
  • Group Grants: faculty members may participate in one or more Group Grants without affecting eligibility for an Individual or Presenter Grant. Amounts listed below are the total for the group, not for each person in the group.

    College Audience - Maximum funding level: $ 400
    District-wide Audience - Maximum funding level: $ 1,000

    Events for a district-wide audience must be coordinated with the District Faculty Development Office.

    Priority will be given to groups that:

    • Assess and document the level of interest among faculty in the proposed activity.
    • Describe the method used to estimate the minimum and maximum number of participants expected.
    • Provide a detailed agenda, outline or program for the activity.
    • Describe the expertise of all speakers, workshop leaders and consultants via a resume, vita, etc.

    Examples of ELIGIBLE GROUP proposals:

    • Payment for speakers and consultants — including honoraria and travel expenses
    • Stipends to faculty members for projects that enhance faculty growth and development
    • A division or faculty group training activity

    Examples of INELIGIBLE GROUP proposals:

    • Activities directly related to the development of courses for students (these are covered by Curriculum Development Grants)
    • Conference attendance (these are covered by Individual and Presenter Grants)
    • A division or faculty group retreat, unless it is documented faculty training.


Note that grant approvals do not guarantee time away from work. Check with your unit administrator. Reimbursable funds are contingent upon faculty’s employment during the time of the event.

(Please note legal issues for Group Grants:  Faculty are NOT allowed to enter into contracts with outside parties. The District must initiate/negotiate the contract on your behalf.  This includes contracts for speakers, facility rentals, etc.  The contracting process takes several month's lead time and may need to be sent out for competitive bids.)

  1. Complete the online grant application.
  2. Submit your grant application, along with a copy of official published information, before the activity or event by the second Monday of the month. Any grants without the required documentation will be returned, including applications with non-working URL links.   Group grants for which a speaker must be contracted must be submitted 2 months in advance to allow time for a contract to be prepared.

    Note that Applications submitted in July, August, and September are reviewed in October. For help with per diem rates for hotel, food, and mileage consult the District Travel Guide.
  3. All applicants will be notified by email of the funding decision, usually by the third Monday of the month.
  4. Provide a copy of the email you received awarding your grant to your division staff. They will need this to complete your Travel Requisition (TR) before the event and your Travel Expense Voucher (TEV) after the event. All travel forms are here: https://apps.seattlecolleges.edu/Travel/ Read over the comprehensive Travel Guide if you have any questions.


Faculty Development Advisory Committee members review applications and make funding decisions based on the following criteria:
  1. Application is completely filled out.  If you are asking for mileage reimbursement and/or you are traveling outside of Seattle, you must include all calculations in the budget portion of the application (i.e. mileage calculation, diem meal and hotel rate if requested).
  2. Grant activity is aligned with Faculty Development Goals to:
    • Increase subject matter knowledge and innovations in instruction
    • Improve instructional skills with all students, especially academically and culturally diverse students
    • Foster collaboration among colleagues throughout the district
    • Encourage lifelong learning


        1. Once you have completed your activity, submit all required original receipts, and your division staff will then create a Travel Expense Voucher (TEV) and send, along with the receipts, to the District Business and Finance Office. All travel forms are here: https://apps.seattlecolleges.edu/Travel/ Read over the comprehensive Travel Guide if you have any questions. All travel paperwork must be submitted within 45 days of your return from the event.
        2. You need to write a brief report summarizing the event and email it to the Faculty Development Office within 45 days of your activity end date or you will lose your funding. This requirement is due to state auditing requirements and limited funding.

        Past Reports: Please click on the following link to view an example of a well written individual FD Grant Report that meets the required guidelines for grant reimbursement:  Sample Individual FD Grant Report.

        Faculty Development Grant FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)