About the Committee
The committee is composed of at least five classified staff representatives and includes the IACE newsletter editor. This committee is responsible for evaluating classified staff professional development applications. Questions concerning the application or funding decisions may be addressed to any of the committee members.
The committee reviews each application and makes decisions to award money in a balanced and responsible manner. The committee strives to be consistent, while remaining flexible enough to consider all options.
- What Activities Will Be Considered For Funding?
- Job enhancing workshops, seminars, and conferences.
- Travel, lodging and meal expenses.
- Educational coursework toward degree or certificate. (limited to $1000 per year)
- Testing or certification fees.
- What Activities Will Not Be Considered For Funding?
- Professional membership dues.
- Books, tapes, and other materials.
- Recreational or leisure activities.
- How Do I Know How Much I Have Left?
- Contact Amber Vore for your balance.
- When Do I Get Reimbursed?
- Neither cash advances nor personal reimbursement will be made prior to the completion of the activity.
- After completing the activity and submitting the appropriate vouchers and receipts to Amber Vore, reimbursement will happen within 10 business days.
- Do I Have to Have Receipts?
- Receipts must be provided for all reimbursable costs except food, if claiming per diem.
- Receipts must be submitted within six weeks following the activity, and not later than June 30 in order to receive reimbursement.
- How Much Professional Development Can I Receive?
- Individuals may not receive more than $2,000 over a two-year period. The two-year period runs July 1 through June 30.
- Annual funding is designated to be awarded July through December and the other half will be designated to be awarded January through June. Unexpended funds will be carried forward to the next six-month period.
- If Professional Development funds become low
- The committee may choose to limit number of people or dollars granted for a single activity.
- First-time applicants will be given preference over previous grant recipients.
- Individuals may not have available the full $2,000 amount for the two-year period.
- Do I Or My Department Have To Contribute?
- Personal and/or department contributions are required to compose a minimum of 10% of the total cost of the activity.
- I Need Help Figuring out My Cost Of Meals
- Per diem (Meals and Incidental Expenses (M&IE) is reimbursable by travel location. The daily per diem rate is reimbursable at 75% on the first and last day of travel and should be reduced by 25% for each meal provided by an event.
- Still need help figuring out meals? Contact Amber Vore.
- What Do I Do If My Lodging Is Higher Than Per Diem?
- Staying at conference/convention hotels, which may exceed the GSA rate, is allowed. For destination lodging per diem rates, see http://www.gsa.gov/perdiem.
For further assistance, contact your professional development committee.