Professional Development Scholarship Grants

Professional Development Scholarship Grant applications for FY22 will open soon. Please read the guidelines below and keep an eye on this page for updates.

What is the Program Purpose? Professional Development Scholarship Grants provide funds to Charlotte-Mecklenburg nonprofit organizations with a primary mission of arts, science or history to encourage staff and/or board members to attend workshops, conferences, or short-term training programs. Competitive requests will provide access to professional development experiences by early-career and mid-level staff or board members who traditionally have not engaged in the given opportunity.

Who is Eligible? Any Mecklenburg County non-profit organization whose primary mission includes arts, science or history. Generally, this program supports opportunities within organizations previously funded by ASC.

Who is Not Eligible? Public and independent schools, colleges and universities, after school programs, and camps are not eligible.

What is Eligible? A Professional Development Scholarship Grant may be requested to support staff and/or board member attendance at a workshop, conference, or short-term training program that will advance their service to the organization. Competitive requests will provide access to these experiences by staff and/or board who traditionally have not been engaged in the given opportunity.

What is the Support Period? FY22 Professional Development Scholarship Grant applications will be available later this year. Please check back regularly for updates.

How much may I request? Is there a matching requirement? Grants will cover up to half of the eligible expenses (fees, travel and hotel), capping at $1,500 per organization per fiscal year. Organizations may apply for multiple staff/board to attend the same conference under one application. A separate request should be completed for each experience. All organizations are required to cash match the eligible expenses dollar-for-dollar. The budget template will assist with calculating the organization match amount.

Are there Ineligible Expenses? Grant funds cannot be used for staff salaries or benefits, per diems, or incidental expenses incurred during the conference/professional development experience.

When is the deadline? Applications for the FY22 Professional Development Scholarship Grants will be available later this year. ASC staff will accept, review and approve requests as long as funds are available. Generally applicants will be notified within three to four weeks. Eligible applications must be received by our office at least 30 days prior to the date of the opportunity.

How do I Apply? To request access to the online application form, please email

What is the Required Reporting? ASC will want to learn how your Professional Development Scholarship Grant helped improve or change the organization. All grantees will be required to submit a final report that describes the outcomes of the experience. Final reports must be filed through the online process within the 30 days following the professional development experience.

Other Questions? If you have any questions, please email


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