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Division II Coaching Enhancement Grant

The Division II Coaching Enhancement Grant provides NCAA funding for the creation of new assistant coaching positions at Division II member institutions intended to encourage access, recruitment, selection and the long-term success of ethnic minorities and women.


  • The proposed position must be for a full-time coach at a Division II institution
  • The proposed position must be a new assistant coaching position for an NCAA sponsored sport that was not in existence the previous year
  • The hired coach must have a bachelor's degree
  • The hired coach must be an ethnic minority and/or woman
  • Selected grant recipients must be able to fulfill proposed responsibilities and grant requirements

Funding Overview

Selected institutions are required to make a five-year commitment in order to receive grant funding. The NCAA provides funding for the first two years of the grant. The school must propose how they intend to meet the additional funding requirements for the first two years of the grant, and also provide a plan to fully fund the position for the additional three years.

During the first two years of the grant:

  • The NCAA provides $16,000 in grant funds for each year of funding
  • Recipients are required to contribute, at minimum, an additional $8,000 for each year of funding to support cost of living for the hired coach
  • A minimum of $1,200 for professional development for each year of funding

Key Dates / Proposal Submission Process

The next proposal submission period will begin in September 2015, via the NCAA Program Hub. Selections for the 2016-18 grant cycle will be announced in spring 2016.

Selection Process / Committee Information

Division II CEG recipients are selected every two years. A maximum of 18 selections will be made each grant cycle.

Proposals will be reviewed by a selection committee made up of representatives from the Division II membership. To view the selection committee, click here.

Selection committee members are responsible for scoring each proposal and providing feedback, via the NCAA Program Hub, following the proposal deadline (during February). Committee members are required to participate in three teleconferences: pre-scoring call in January, the selections call in February, wrap-up call in March. The Division II CEG typically receives between 25 and 35 proposals annually.

If you have questions regarding the NCAA Division II Coaching Enhancement Grant, please contact:

Sarah Sadowski
Coordinator of Leadership Development
Telephone: 317/917-6714

As a core value, the NCAA believes in and is committed to diversity, inclusion and gender equity among its student-athletes, coaches and administrators. We seek to establish and maintain an inclusive culture that fosters equitable participation for student-athletes and career opportunities for coaches and administrators from diverse backgrounds. Diversity and inclusion improve the learning environment for all student-athletes and enhance excellence within the Association.  

The NCAA will provide or enable programming and education, which sustains foundations of a diverse and inclusive culture across dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to age, race, sex, class, national origin, creed, educational background, disability, gender expression, geographical location, income, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation and work experiences. 

Adopted by the NCAA Executive Committee, April 2010