Grants and Funding Available
Funds are available for a variety of activities related to professional development and support for education from a variety of sources. Click on the links below to be directed to the detailed listings for each funding source. For more information regarding a specific program, use the contact information provided.

SRJC Classified Senate Bea Griffiths Professional Development Fund
Pat Tognozzi Classified Senate Student Scholarshi
Faculty Fund for Advanced Studies
Shirley Davis Professional Development Scholarship

Advanced Studies Fellowship



The purpose of the Faculty Fund for Advanced Studies is to provide financial support for projects of educational and instructional merit.  The awards may be used for educational purposes, including basic or applied research, advanced study or technical, vocational, cultural, and artistic pursuits which will serve to improve the faculty member's effectiveness as a professional person and instructor, counselor or librarian, at Santa Rosa Junior College.  Creative endeavors not covered by existing programs are encouraged, or the funds may supplement other conventional college budgets.

All full-time faculty who have been members of the Santa Rosa Junior College faculty for at least two years may apply.  New faculty who have been approved at the March meeting of the Board of Trustees for a third year contract will also qualify for application and award.

Level of Funding
The number and amounts of awards will vary from year to year depending on the size of the Fund and the number of applications.  The Foundation is requested to provide by the first week in February of each year, an indication of the fund's size and projected amounts available to be awarded.

PLEASE NOTE:  Any funds you receive from the fund are subject to income tax and you will receive a 1099-MISC from the SRJC Foundation for reporting this income.

Announcements and requests for applications will be made by the FFAS Committee in early February. Applications are submitted online, and completed applications must be received by Thursday March 1st, 2018. When ready to enter your application, click on the link below: 

Each applicant is asked to provide the following information:

  • A general plan of the proposed project, including a summary of the project, and the proposed benefits expected from the project as they apply to the individual and the instructional program at Santa Rosa Junior College.
  • An itemized budget, including categories such as travel, supplies, and living expenses. If travel by automobile is planned, calculate costs based on the current per mile rate allowed for use for personal vehicle when District vehicle is unavailable. Funds requested from the Faculty Fund for Advanced Studies may not be applied to cover salaries or to purchase permanent equipment.

Review and Ranking Process

Proposals will be reviewed by the Faculty Fund for Advanced Studies Committee.  Recommendations for awards will be announced to the Academic Senate and forwarded to the Foundation by the committee.  While there is no limit to the number of times a faculty member may apply or to the number of awards a faculty member may receive, preference will be given to those individuals who have not received recent support through this fellowship program.

The Committee will rank proposals according to the following criteria:

  1. The application includes a clear general description of the proposed project, with adequate explanation of the use of fellowship funds to cover all or part of the expenses of the project.
  2. The project will enhance the faculty member's effectiveness as a professional person, instructor, counselor, or librarian in this District.
  3. The educational program at Santa Rosa Junior College will benefit from this project.
  4. The project will contribute to the profession, discipline, area or occupation in which it is carried out.
  5. Has actively contributed to the professional development of faculty at SRJC.

When projects are given equal rank according to the above criteria, preference will be given to the faculty member who has:

  1. Not previously had FFAS fellowship
  2. Not received recent FFAS fellowship
  3. Not previously had a Sabbatical Leave
  4. Has no other source of traditional funding in the District

The Committee will not consider proposals turned in after the deadline. 

Typically projects are to be of short duration and extend no longer than one year.  Each recipient is required to provide a final report of the project's results and a final budget summary at the completion of the project.  Any unused funds will be returned to the fellowship fund.  Any recipient who does not submit a final report shall return all funds received.

Recipients are required to submit a final report of project activity.  

The Faculty Fund for Advanced Studies is an enterprise of the Santa Rosa Junior College Foundation.  The FFAS sends announcements, deadlines, and the names of fellowship recipients to the college-wide distribution email list, and relies on the Academic Senate for organizational support.


Shirley Davis Professional Development Scholarship

Shirley Davis worked as a Coordinator, Microcomputer Lab for many years and served on the Classified Executive Council as a Negotiator and activist for professional development. This scholarship was created upon her retirement to identify Sonoma County Junior College District Classified employees and give them the potential to progress in work-related skills. Individuals may submit a nomination on their own behalf or may be nominated by another colleague or supervising administrator who recognizes a need for training. Scholarship recipients will be notified of their selection by email.

The scholarship is funded through the SRJC Foundation by generous gifts of staff members who want to honor Shirley and pass on her goals to support professional development to the next working generation. You may choose to contribute either online or by sending a check payable to SRJC Foundation, 1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401.

You may also contribute to this scholarship by filling out a Voluntary Payroll Deduction form

The number and amounts of awards will vary from year to year depending on the size of the Fund and the number of applications. 


  • Regular, Classified staff member
  • Proposed activity will benefit current position
  • Preference given to union members

Examples of Funded Activities

  • Conference, seminar, workshop and training fees and related expenses
  • Tuition, fees, books and related expenses
  • Workshop or off-campus retreat costs
  • Equipment needed for current position

For more information, contact the Classified Executive Council (CEC) President.