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Division II Strategic Alliance Matching Grant

The Division II Strategic Alliance Matching Grant (Division II SAMG) provides funding for the creation of new, or the enhancement of, current full-time, senior-level administrative positions at Division II institutions and conference office to encourage access, recruitment, selection and long-term success of ethnic minorities and women.

Division II members are committed to the overall experience and success of their student-athletes, coaches and administrators who participate in their membership. Consistent with the NCAA's ideals of encouraging diversity and inclusion, Division II reaffirms its commitment to remedy an ongoing problem with recruiting, hiring and retaining diverse groups and individuals in Division II through the NCAA Division II Strategic Alliance Matching Grant.


Proposed position must be for a full-time, mid-to-senior-level administrative position at a Division II 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 separate individuals), and are responsible for hiring, employing and supervising the employee.

Proposed positions should not include coaching 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 $3,000 in professional development funds (for each year of funding), $3,000 in technology funds (for the first year of funding), and $500 in technology funds (in the third year).

New positions will be funded according to the schedule above at the fully-requested salary amount in the proposal. 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. 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 II 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