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Division III Strategic Alliance Matching Grant

The Division III Strategic Alliance Matching Grant (Division III SAMG) is a five-year grant program that provides funding for mid- to senior-level administrative positions at Division III institutions and conference offices to encourage access, recruitment, selection and the long-term success of ethnic minorities and women.

Division III member institutions are committed to the overall experience and success of their student-athletes, coaches and administrators. NCAA Division III strives to be a dynamic and engaging group of colleges, universities and conferences with 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.


Proposed position must be for a full-time, mid-to-senior-level administrative position at a Division III institution or conference office consisting of a minimum of 60 months of work during the commitment starting in September in the year they are awarded. The hired employee should be an ethnic minority and/or a woman.

As a part of the program, schools and conferences are responsible for identifying a supervisor and a mentor (must be different individuals) and are responsible for hiring, employing and supervising the employee.

Assistant coaching responsibilities are allowed, including strength and conditioning, but proposals limiting coaching responsibilities have historically been selected over those that include such responsibilities.


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 will also reimburse recipients for $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. Click here for the complete program policy (PDF).

Recipients will be required to submit annual financial reports at the conclusion of each year of funding as well as complete programming surveys throughout the program.


Online proposals may be submitted starting Thursday, September 15, 2015 through 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, February 1, 2016. Click here to access the online proposal submission form, via NCAA Program Hub. [NOTE: Creating a login will be necessary to access Program Hub]

Contact Us

For more information about the Division III Strategic Alliance Matching Grant, please contact Sarah Sadowski, coordinator of leadership development, via email at or by phone at 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