Development Support Fund

W&M values your contributions and strengths. Taking charge of your learning and professional development is vital to your success at W&M. Through the support fund, we want to encourage your continued growth.

Applications for May 5-December 31, 2018 are being accepted through 12:00 pm, Friday, July 27th. Note that we will have another application process in the late fall for learning events, courses, etc. occurring in Spring 2019.

Continuing this year:

  • Team applications. See eligibility section for more information.
  • Reimburse Past Events. You can apply for reimbursement for learning activities completed since May 5, 2018.

Those who were successful in obtaining funding are required to complete a Tribe Response form detailing their learning experience.

What is the Development Support Fund (DSF)?

Although W&M has a training and development department, some employees need specialized education and training which cannot be met by an internal source. To meet this need, the Staff and Professional & Professional Faculty Assemblies applied and were granted money from the Board of Visitors to set up a supplemental fund. 

The purpose of the fund is to help employees and teams cover some of the costs associated with conferences, online courses, tuition at community colleges, etc. The goal is for Departments or individuals to also provide funding, thus allowing more people to attend more learning opportunities. However, if a department does not have the funds to match the request, you should still apply.

Fund recipients are expected to work closely with their respective Business Managers to comply with W&M Travel, fiscal and other applicable policies.

Pre-approval from your supervisor is required for upcoming events.

Who is eligible?

Full-time and permanent part-time classified, operational, professional and professional faculty W&M employees are eligible for the supplemental funds.

Team Application -- When more than one member of your group/department are applying for the same event, submit a Team Application. If funded, funds will be granted to the group and will be distributed accordingly by your supervisor or department chair.

Individual Application -- Individuals who are NOT applying as part of a group can submit an application.

NOTE: If your application is successful, only one application per person per year will be funded. You may not submit an individual application and be part of a team submission. You may apply for the second round of funding if you were not granted funds during the first round of funding.

Instructional faculty, post-docs, graduate and undergraduate students, interns, temporary and summer-time employees are not eligible. Because VIMS has their own professional development fund, VIMS employees are also not eligible for this funding.

What activities are eligible?
  • Conference/workshop/symposium
  • Online workshop/course (non-credit)
  • Tuition-based course outside of W&M (non-degree seeking)

Requests must demonstrate how the event supports your individual professional development plan through improving performance in your current position.

Retroactive Events -- Learning opportunities which were already paid through department funds or by an individual, and which took place between May 5th through July 31st, are also eligible to be considered for funding. Successful applications will need to submit the proper documentation and their departments (or an individual, if paid out of pocket) will be reimbursed.

What activities are not eligible?
  • The fund is not intended for W&M courses offered through the Employee Tuition-Waiver Program.
  • Software or Software Licensing.
  • Membership fees for associations/organizations/clubs.
  • Professional Licensing fees
When are applications accepted?

Applications for the first round of funding are accepted through 12:00 pm, Friday, July 27, 2018.

Application Process
  1. The DSF Committee will send an announcement to the campus via the W&M Digest, the Staff Assembly website and the PPF Assembly website when the application form is available.
  2. If interested in applying, and for the sake of transparency, you must seek supervisor’s approval prior to completing the form.
  3. If your request is approved by your supervisor, complete and submit the application form by the posted deadline.
  4. The DSF Committee will consider each eligible request. Approval or denial will be based on the criteria met per our guidelines.
  5. The Committee Coordinator will then send an email to all applicants with the committee’s final decision. Your supervisor and business manager will be copied on this email.
How are the awards distributed?

Once the committee has determined the award recipients you will receive the award letter. Your business manager will also be notified. Instructions will be provided on how to access the funds.

Reimbursement Deadlines -- All items to be reimbursed must be submitted to Judy Schatzel (jgschatzel@wm.edu) within 30 days of the last day of your learning opportunity.

In the event that you cannot attend the event, you must notify us no later than 30 days prior to the travel or event date in order to make these funds available to another applicant. Failure to notify the Committee Chair (Babs Bengtson - babs@wm.edu) via e-mail will result in ineligibility to apply for funding the following year.

Learning Follow-up

Within a month of the completion of the event, recipients must submit a brief report to the DSF Committee describing the professional benefits of your recent activity. A form has been created for this purpose.

Approving Committee
Members of the Development Support Fund Committee:
  • Bengtson, Babs, Chair
  • Braxton, Daisy
  • Burk, Chelsey
  • Butler, LaTryce
  • Davis, Tamekka K
  • Destiny Elliott
  • Dutro, John
  • Garrison, Eric
  • Massey, Grace
  • Morales, David
  • Palmer, April
APPLY Online

2018 applications accepted through 12:00 pm Friday, July 27, 2018.

Have a question?

Contact the DSF Committee Chair with any questions you may have:
Babs Bengtson
(757) 221-1845
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