Matching Fund for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Women Coaches and Officials
The NCAA provides annual funding through the NCAA Matching Fund for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Women Coaches and Officials (Matching Fund) to support initiatives that provide career and professional development opportunities for ethnic minority women in the areas of intercollegiate coaching and officiating.
As a core value, the NCAA believes in and is committed to diversity, inclusion and gender equity among its coaches. We seek to establish and maintain an inclusive culture that fosters career opportunities for coaches from diverse backgrounds. Diversity and inclusion improves the learning environment for all student-athletes, and enhances excellence within the Association.
- To support opportunities for coaches and other associations/organizations to promote the involvement of minority women in the coaching and officiating professions.
- To support opportunities for coaches and other associations/organizations to identify, recruit and retain minority women in the coaching and officiating professions.
- To support opportunities for coaches and other associations/organizations to create professional development strategies for minority women coaches and officials at all levels.
- To support opportunities for coaches and other associations/organizations to enhance partnerships and to strategically promote opportunities for minority women coaches and officials.
NCAA membership conference offices, coaches associations and other organizations that focus on the development of ethnic minority women coaches and officials at the intercollegiate level are eligible to apply.
Funding Priority Areas:
In order to align with the NCAA Leadership Development units' participant categories, the following priority areas have been established for the Matching Fund. It is anticipated that approximately one to two proposals will be funded under each of the three funding priority areas listed below. Typical award size is between $20,000 and $30,000.
- Priority One: This priority aligns with the NCAA Leadership Development categories one and two participants and supports initiatives that support programs or activities that serve to increase the number of prospective and early coaches and officials. Examples of programming include courses on NCAA rules, workshops on the fundamentals of coaching and coaching philosophies and career development training. (Approximately $70,000 is available for Priority One applications.)
- Priority Two: This priority aligns with the NCAA Leadership Development categories two and three participants and supports programs or activities that promote the continued development of assistant coaches and associate head coaches. Examples include programming that prepares assistant coaches and associate head coaches for head coaching positions. (Approximately $50,000 is available for Priority Two applications.)
- Priority Three: This priority aligns with the NCAA Leadership Development category four participants and supports programs or activities that serve to promote increased levels of coaching competency amongst head coaches. (Approximately $30,000 is available for Priority Three applications.)
Organizations are required to submit the following application information:
- Title of the program.
- Target audience information.
- Projected number of participants.
- Recruitment process for participants.
- Date when program will be conducted and/or completed.
- Identify the priority/priorities for which funds are being requested.
- How the project supports one or more of the objectives of the matching fund program.
- An explanation of the proposed budget.
- A draft program/project agenda.
- An explanation of how the organization will evaluate the program's success.
The deadline to submit an application for the 2013-14 Matching Fund has passed.
Guidelines for Selecting Proposals:
Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee of representatives of the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics and the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee.
The selection committee will consider the above application requirements including the applicant organization's ability to match awarded funds, perceived effectiveness of implementation, the professional development opportunities that the program provides to ethnic minority women in the areas of intercollegiate coaching and officiating and how the applying organization will evaluate the program's success.
2012-13 Matching Fund Recipients:
- American Volleyball Coaches Association: Volleyball: Live It! Love It! Coach It! Program.
- Women's Basketball Coaches Association: So You Want to be a Coach Program.
- National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association: Residential Training Program.
- National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association: National Referee Training Program.
- Felicia Hall-Allen and Associates: Step Up Program.
- Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association: Project IRM.
- USA Track and Field: Coaching Education Scholarship.
- United States Olympic Committee's: Coaching Leadership Conference.
For more information regarding the NCAA Matching Fund for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Women Coaches and Officials, please contact:
Coordinator of Leadership Development