Division III Strategic Alliance Matching Grant
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 improves the learning environment for all student-athletes, and enhances 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, creed, educational background, disability, gender expressions, geographical location, income, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation and work experiences. Programming and education will also strive to support equitable laws and practices, increase opportunities for individuals from historically underrepresented groups to participate in intercollegiate athletics at all levels, and enhance hiring practices for all athletics personnel to facilitate more inclusive leadership in intercollegiate athletics.
NCAA Division III strives to be a dynamic and engaging group of colleges, universities and conferences of varying sizes and missions, committed to an environment that encourages and supports diversity and inclusion, values fairness and equity, and places the highest priority on the overall educational experience of the student-athlete in the conduct of intercollegiate athletics.
To facilitate this effort, Division III continues to support a strategic alliance with its member institutions and conference offices, to provide monetary grants for those institutions and conference offices seeking to create full-time professional administrative opportunities for ethnic minorities and women, and to enhance diversity and inclusion within their athletics administrative staffs.
The Division III Strategic Alliance Matching Grant provides funding for Division III institutions and conference offices to enhance gender and ethnic diversity through full-time professional positions in athletics administration. Positions must include significant administrative responsibilities (i.e., hiring, budget, policy development and supervision of staff). Positions requesting funding should be a part of the core decision-making process and have an active role on the leadership team.
Interested institutions or conference offices are encouraged to submit a proposal. The Selection Review Committee awards on average six Strategic Alliance Matching Grants annually.
For the purposes of the NCAA Division III Strategic Alliance Matching Enhancement Grant, racial ethnic minorities are described pursuant to the Federal guidelines of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
- American Indian or Alaskan Native (not Hispanic or Latino): A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment.
- Asian (not Hispanic or Latino): A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand and Vietnam.
- Black or African American (not Hispanic or Latino): A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.
- Hispanic or Latino: A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.
- Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (not Hispanic or Latino): A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa or other Pacific Islands.
To access the grant application, visit NCAA Program Hub. All grant applications must be submitted via Program Hub. The deadline for submission of grant applications is January 30, 2014. The Strategic Matching Alliance Grant Selection Committee reviews all proposals and makes final selections. Final selections are announced in April.
|Early October 2013||Division III Strategic Alliance Matching Grant application opens.|
|January 30, 2014||Division III Strategic Alliance Matching Grant application closes.|
|February and March 2014||Selection Committee review of applications.|
|March 2014||Selection Committee teleconference and final selection.|
|April 2014||Notification of awards.|
To access a list of the application questions and selection committee evaluation criteria, click here.
Each Division III institution and conference office selected to receive a matching grant will be funded for three years, with diminishing contributions by the NCAA. The NCAA will fund 75 percent of the position during the first year, 50 percent the second year and 25 percent during the third year. Site visits may be conducted during the course of the grant. Participating NCAA Division III institutions and conference offices are required to maintain the position for a minimum of two years after grant funds have been exhausted, preferably incorporating their position into their on-going operations. All applying institutions and conference offices must express a demonstrated commitment to maintaining and continuing the position regardless of whether or not it is funded by the NCAA.
Each awarded institution or conference office will be required to sign an agreement with the NCAA that outlines the terms of the grant.
The Selection Committee is made up of three Division III administrators who have served as a Division III Strategic Alliance Matching Grant administrator, supervisor or mentor. Selection Committee terms are not longer than four years. A list of selection committee members will be provided not later than December 1, 2013.
If you have any questions regarding the NCAA Division III Strategic Alliance Matching Grant, please contact:
Coordinator of Leadership Development
The NCAA and Division III celebrate the NCAA Division III Strategic Alliance Matching Grant recipients:
2013 Recipients and Position
- Castleton State College, Assistant Director of NCAA Compliance and Assistant Strength Coach
- Immaculata University, Coordinator of Diversity and Achievements in Athletics
- Linfield College, Assistant Director of External Relations
- Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference, Director of Media Relations
- Middle Atlantic Conferences, Assistant to the Middle Atlantic Conferences Executive Director
- Wilson College, Director of Athletics Communications/Sports Information
2012 Recipients and Positions
- Empire 8, Associate Commissioner.
- Johnson State University, Assistant Director of Athletics for External and Internal Communications.
- LaRoche College, Assistant Director of Athletics.
- Regis College (Massachusetts), Assistant Director for Student-Athlete Welfare.
- Simmons College, Assistant Director of Athletics.
- Upper Midwest Conference, Assistant Commissioner.
- Wittenberg University, Assistant Director of Athletics for External Affairs and Game Management.
2011 Recipients and Positions
- Concordia University, Assistant Director of Athletics for Diversity and Student-Athlete Services.
- Hilbert College, Compliance and Student Services Coordinator.
- Mount Aloysius College, Assistant Director of Athletics for Academic Success, Recruiting and Services.
- Northeastern Athletic Conference, Assistant Commissioner for Sports Information.
- College of New Jersey, Senior Associate Director of Athletics Administration/Senior Woman Administrator.
- University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, Assistant Director of Athletics for Marketing and External Relations.
- State University of New York-Oswego, Assistant Director of Athletics for Marketing and Game Management.
2010 Recipients and Positions
- College of Mt. St. Vincent, Associate Director of Athletics
- Emory University, Assistant Athletic Director/External Relations
- Green Mountain College, Assistant/Associate Athletic Director
- Grinnell College, Coordinator for Diversity and Achievement in Athletics/Assistant Director of Facilities and Event Management
- Gustavus Adolphus College, Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Services
- Knox College, Assistant Athletic Director/Marketing and External Relations
- Pacific Lutheran University, Assistant Athletic Director/Compliance and Student Services
- Rowan University, Administrative Assistant/Business Manager/Facility Coordinator
- State University of New York Athletic Conference, Assistant Commissioner for Media Relations
2009 Recipients and Positions
- Bay Path College, Assistant Director of Athletics
- Chatham University, Coordinator of Student-Athlete Wellness and Head Cross Country Coach
- Eastern College Athletic Conference, Director of Division III Governance and Officiating
- Old Dominion Athletic Conference, Assistant to the Commissioner/Director of Championships
- Peace College, Coordinator of Student-Athlete Success/Head Coach
- Rosemont College, Assistant Athletic Director
2008 Recipients and Positions
- Fitchburg State College, Staff Assistant/Compliance and Student-Athlete Welfare
- Maryville College (Tennessee), Assistant Athletic Director
- Moravian College, Assistant Director NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Program/Head Women's Coach
- North Atlantic Conference, Commissioner
- Transylvania University, Assistant to the Athletic Director/Assistant Volleyball Coach
- William Smith College, Coordinator of Student-Athlete Wellness/Assistant Crew Coach
- Williams College, Assistant Athletic Director/Assistant Professor of Physical Education/Assistant Football Coach
- Wittenberg University, CHAMPS/Life Skills Coordinator and Head Tennis Coach
- College of Wooster, Assistant to the Athletic Director/Assistant Track and Field Coach for Men and Women
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the difference between a new full-time position and an enhanced position?
A. For a new full-time position, reference your submitted organizational charts as your resource to determine if this is a newly created position. Newly funded positions are those where no current (personnel or financial) resources exist within the athletics department or conference office to fund the position. For enhanced positions, the outlined responsibilities should clearly define an elevation of responsibilities; i.e., the inclusion of supervisory, budget and/or inclusion on the management team. Funding currently exists and additional funds are being requested to supplement additional new job responsibilities.
Q. How many grant recipients are awarded each year?
A. It depends on the amount of funding available each fiscal year. Typically, NCAA Division III awards between six and nine institutions and conference offices each year.
Q. What if my institution or conference office experiences a vacancy for the grant position?
A. Funds not paid toward salary and benefits during any period of vacancy must be returned to the NCAA. More specific details on vacancies are included in the grant contract.
Q. If I resubmit the grant application and incorporate selection committee feedback, what is the likelihood my institution or conference office will be selected?
A. Every application pool is considered on its own merit-recommendations for improvement provided post selection will not guarantee approval in the next grant selection cycle.
Q. What if my institution or conference office wants to elevate our former Division III Ethnic Minority and Women's Intern?
A. Interns can be elevated to full-time positions, however, please note that the position is considered a new position and that the intern must have increased responsibilities.
Q. If my conference office works out of the commissioner's home, is the conference still eligible to receive a Strategic Matching Alliance grant.
Q. If I am awarded a Strategic Matching Alliance grant, may I defer if there are unforeseen circumstances that prevent me from hiring an intern?
Q. If after the three-year period, the recipient leaves the institution or conference office, is there an expectation that the position remain?
A. Yes. If the recipient leaves, your institution/conference office is required to fill the vacant position with a qualified ethnic minority and/or female candidate.