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Matching Fund for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Women Coaches and Officials

Through the NCAA Matching Fund, the NCAA supports initiatives that provide career and professional development opportunities for ethnic minority women in the areas of intercollegiate coaching and officiating.

Eligibility

NCAA conference offices and affiliated organization are eligible to apply. The proposed initiative should:

  • Directly benefit ethnic minority women in the areas of coaching and officiating
  • Directly focus on one or more of the fund focus areas
  • Address coaching and officiating of NCAA-sponsored sports

Selected recipients must be able to fulfill proposed responsibilities and grant requirements, including post-program reporting.

Focus Areas

Proposed initiatives should focus on at least one of the following Matching Fund focus areas in order to maximize opportunities for ethnic minority women in intercollegiate coaching and officiating:

  • Identify, recruit and retain
  • Promote involvement
  • Professional development strategies at all levels
  • Enhance partnerships and strategically promote opportunities

Funding Priorities

Aligning with the NCAA Leadership Development initiatives, the following priority areas have been established for the Matching Fund:

  • Priority 1: Support initiatives that 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.
  • Priority 2: Support 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.
  • Priority 3: Support programs or activities that promote increased levels of coaching competency amongst head coaches.

Key Dates / Proposal Submission Process

Proposals for the 2014-15 grant cycle can be submitted starting Monday, June 16, 2014, via the NCAA Program Hub (www.ncaa.org/programhub). Proposals must be submitted not later than 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, July 31, 2014, to be considered. 

Selections for the 2014-15 grant cycle will be announced in early September 2015.

Selection Process and Committee Information

Proposals will be reviewed by a selection committee made up of representatives from the Committee on Women’s Athletics and the Minority Opportunities and Interest Committee. To view the selection committee, click here.

The selection committee will consider the applicant’s overall proposal, as well as:

  • Ability of the conference office or affiliated organization to match awarded funds
  • Perceived effectiveness of implementation
  • Professional development opportunities that the program provides to ethnic minority women in the areas of intercollegiate coaching and officiating
  • How initiative’s success will be evaluated for future programming

If you have any questions regarding the NCAA Matching Fund for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Women Coaches and Officials, please contact:

Sarah Sadowski
Coordinator of Leadership Development
NCAA
Telephone: 317/917-6714
Email: ssadowski@ncaa.org