Professional Development Grant

ILACADA Professional Development Grant Proposal Guidelines

Purpose: The purpose of this ILACADA Grant is to support professional development activities for academic advisors on college campuses throughout the State of Illinois.  Grants are awarded to support professional development for an individual or advising community as we encourage collaborations among institutions, when possible.

Applicant/Awardee Requirements: The grant applicant must be current member of ILACADA, and the proposal and event should promote ILACADA membership.  Grants should be used towards professional development at an institution and be open and promoted to all those who would benefit from the program (with a focus on those who are ILACADA members.  Grant dollars cannot be used to support the grant applicant’s attendance at a conference or travel to a conference. Awardees will be expected to submit a proposal to an ILACADA conference during the year following the acceptance of the award. We would also like awardee to provide a report back to ILACADA upon the culmination of the event with a description (and photos if available) that will be used for the newsletter and the website.

Individuals and Institutions may only receive one Professional Development Grant up to $250 per academic year.

Selections by Priority Deadline:  The ILACADA Professional Development Grant Selection Committee, led by the Professional Development Chair, will review all applications submitted by the priority deadline each semester, determining the awardee(s) based on the overall application.  Applications submitted by the priority deadline will be reviewed immediately following the close date and a final decision will be made on each application.  Applications will not be reviewed before the priority deadline.  All applicants will be contacted with information about the decision, and those receiving funding will be put in contact with the ILACADA Treasurer to disperse the amount awarded.

Selections After Priority Deadline:  Applications submitted after the priority deadline will only be reviewed if funds are still remaining after all priority applications have been reviewed and any grants awarded.  Information will be provided on the ILACADA website and ILACADA members will be notified about awardees, remaining funds, or if applications are no longer being accepted during a particulate period.

Application: The application must include the following and will be submitted on the form provided on the ILACADA website:

  • Person or persons taking responsibility for planning the event, including contact information and institutional affiliation
  • Brief description of the program, including a statement on how it relates to advising and how it will benefit participants
  • Intended participants and if attendance is restricted in any way (or if it may be promoted through ILACADA)
  • How it will be promoted
  • Resources that will be used
  • Description of event
  • Materials being used
  • Timeline, including date of the event or events
  • Budget and other sources of support

The application will be available on the ILACADA Website:

Grant Timelines:

Grant Applications Available: Early May

Priority Deadline: June 30

Priority Selection/Notification:  August 15

Funds Dispersed: At Annual Conference when the award is presented

*Pending remaining funds after priority deadline application selection, applications accepted until funding all used or until the Spring/Summer Priority Application time open.