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About the Professional Development Grants

Professional DevelopmentEach year, GEDA offers more than $16,000 in professional development grant funds. With the exception of the Penn Worden Grant, all grants are available to GEDA members only. The exact number of grants in each category may vary based upon the number of applications and available funds each year, subject to GEDA Board approval. Following are other parameters: 
  • Grants are offered throughout the year. Funding for each grant will be available in each round until funds are expended or the program(s) supported by the grant have taken place.

  • Grant payments may be used for registration, housing, transportation and meals. 

  • The recipient is responsible for meeting registration requirements and deadlines. Grants may be denied if the applicant does not meet the program requirements.

  • Applications must be received by midnight on the posted deadline in order to be reviewed by the committee.

  • Application submissions should include the completed application (all sections) and two letters of recommendation. Applications submitted by the deadline without the letters of recommendation will not be reviewed by the committee.

  • Applicants who decide to apply for more than one grant during a given calendar year may use the same letters of support during said year. (Letters of support from previous calendar years to the year seeking the grant should not be submitted.)

  • Applicants should apply for only one grant per round.

  • If awarded a grant, an applicant may be awarded up to one grant per calendar year.

  • Awarded grant funds are used for future events only. Grant funds will be provided on a cost reimbursement basis for expenses incurred up to the amount of the available grant. (Awardees will be provided an expense form to submit to GEDA for cost reimbursement requests.)

  • The expense report should be sent to the Chair of the Professional Development Committee within 90 days of the event. Registration is the responsibility of the applicant, and late fees will not be covered.

  • Applications can be accessed in digital form by clicking on the program name on the list of grants. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications by email to the contact provided in the application. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR ALL GRANTS

 GEDA 2017 Grant Opportunities:

Program/Event Date(s) Grants Application Deadline
Basic Economic Development Course - Atlanta March 21-24, 2017 Two (2) at $1000 4 weeks prior
IEDC Course Various Two (2) at $600 4 weeks prior
CEcD Exam Jan 28-29, Apr 8-9, Jun 3-4, & Sep 16-17 Two (2) at $1000 Same as Exam Deadline
GEDA Spring Workshop  May 24-26, 2017, Lake Lanier Legacy Lodge, Buford Three (3) at $600 Jan 15, Mar 31
GEDA Annual Conference September 20-22, 2017, Hyatt Regency, Savannah Three(3) at $600 Aug. 14, 2017
Georgia Certified ED Professional Various Four (4) at $500 4 weeks prior
Economic Development Institute (EDI)  Various One (1) at $1,000  4 weeks prior
Penn Worden Grant*  Various $2,000 available funds 4 weeks prior
International Missions Grant  Various Two (2) at $1,000 4 weeks prior

* Applications submitted after deadline must have prior approval of Professional Development Committee Chair.


*APPLICATIONS* for all awards and grants can be found by clicking on the program name or through the linked page at the bottom of this page.

*Funds from the Penn Worden Grant may be used by GEDA members toward any accredited economic development program OR by non-GEDA members representing a community not already represented in GEDA toward the cost of one-year’s membership within GEDA.

For more information, contact Committee Chair Scott Poag.


2017 Action Plan

Goal 1:  Promote GEDA professional development grant program.

  • Reminders at monthly meetings
  • Deadlines in Newsletters
  • Promote opportunities and recipients on social media
  • Include in new member orientation
  • Update webpage
  • Include links to eligible courses
  • Testimonials

Goal 2:  Administer GEDA professional development grant program

  • Evaluate current scholarships and explore reallocation
  • Wordsmith current application criteria
  • Highlight contact person
  • Develop committee

Goal 3:  Promote and support the practice of economic development certification

Allocate two scholarships or monetary equivalent of two IEDC scholarships for Georgia Certified Economic Developer programs.

 
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