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Division III Strategic Alliance Matching Grant

The Division III Strategic Alliance Matching Grant is a five-year grant program that provides funding for the creation of new, or the enhancement of, full-time, mid- to senior-level administrative positions at NCAA Division III schools and conference offices to encourage access, recruitment, selection and the long-term success of ethnic minorities and women.

Click here to download the grant policy for information regarding timelines, eligibility, funding criteria, etc.

Funding overview

Selected recipients receive three years of grant funds from the NCAA, with an additional commitment to fund the position in full for two years following funding from the NCAA. During the first three years of the grant, the NCAA funds 75 percent of the proposed salary and benefits for the first year of funding, 50 percent of the proposed salary and benefits for the second year of funding, and 25 percent of the proposed salary and benefits for the third year of funding.

During the first three years of the grant, the NCAA also provides recipients with $1,500 in professional development funds (for each year of funding) and $1,000 in technology funds (for the first year of funding).

New positions will be funded according to the schedule above at the fully-requested salary amount in the proposal up to a maximum funding payment of $55,000 in the first year of funding, $36,666.50 in the second year of funding and $18,333.25 in the third year of funding.

Enhanced positions that are already within the department/office organizational chart will be funded for the difference between what is requested in the proposal and what is currently being allocated to the position, not exceeding the maximum funding above. 

Proposal submission process

Proposals must be submit through the NCAA Program Hub. The online proposal form will be available from noon Eastern Time on Sept. 15, 2015 through 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Feb. 1, 2016. All materials must be completely submitted by the deadline in order to be eligible for review by the selection committee.

Contact us

Contact Sarah Sadowski at scholarshipsandgrants@ncaa.org with any questions.

Key Dates

  • Sept. 15, 2015: Proposal opens
  • Feb. 1, 2016:  Proposal closes at 5 p.m. Eastern Time
  • March 2016: Recipients notified