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 2017-2018 are being accepted through 5:00 pm, Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

NEW this year:

  • Team applications. See eligibility section for more information.
  • Reimburse Past Events. You can apply for reimbursement for learning activities completed since July 1, 2017.

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

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: Only one application per person per year will be considered. You may not submit an individual application and be part of a team submission.

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 is the Development Support Fund (DSF)?

Although we have an inhouse training and development program, some employees need specialized education and training which cannot be met by an internal source.

For the second year in a row, a proposal was submitted by the Staff and Professional & Professional Faculty Assemblies and approved by the Board of Visitors to set up a supplemental fund. This is a supplemental funding opportunity. Departments or individuals should also provide funding. However, if a department does not have the funds to match the request, you should not be discouraged from applying.

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.

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 opporunities which were already paid through department funds, and which took place between July 1, 2017 and the application deadline of October 11, 2017, are also eligible to be considered for DSF. 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 are accepted through 5:00 pm, Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

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 supervisor and business manager will also be notified. Instructions will be provided how to access the funds.

Reimbursement Deadlines -- All items to be reimbursed must be submitted to Judy Schatzel ( by 5:00 pm Friday, May 4, 2018. If your event occurs between May 5-June 30, 2018, you can only be reimbursed for registrations or courses that are paid prior to May 4th. No expenses incurred on or after May 4th will be reimbursed. The deadline is due to closing out the fiscal year.

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 to notify the Committee Chair (Babs Bengtson - 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.

Second, the Staff and Professional & Professional Faculty Assemblies will provide one or more opportunities to give a short, formal presentation about your learning. It is important for you to provide a report and/or a presentation so we can document the success of this program, and thus continue receiving supplemental funding for employees.

Approving Committee
Members of the Development Support Fund Committee:
  • Bengtson, Babs, Chair
  • Cole, Steven L;
  • Davis, Tamekka K;
  • Destiny Elliott;
  • Dutro, John;
  • Garrison, Eric
  • Massey, Grace
  • Morales, David N;
  • Pada, Maria E;
  • Palmer, April;
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2017-2018 applications accepted through 5:00 pm Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

Have a question?

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