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 Scholarship
CTEA - Career Technical Education Act
Faculty Fund for Advanced Studies
Shirley Davis Professional Development Scholarship

SRJC Classified Senate
Bea Griffiths Professional Development

Classified Senate awards professional development funds to Classified Staff who wish to improve job skills. Successful applicants will demonstrate that the professional development opportunity relates to their current duties at Santa Rosa Junior College. Bea Griffiths, retired Staff Development Coordinator, established this fund and continues to have a positive impact on the Classified Senate at SRJC.

Visit the Classified Senate Website for more information

Pat Tognozzi Classified Senate Student Scholarship 

Each year the Classified Senate awards two scholarships in the Fall and Spring semester to a continuing Santa Rosa Junior College student in honor of a former outstanding employee, Pat Tognozzi who passed away in 1999. Only relatives of a classified staff member are eligible to apply. When the application period is open, e-mail notifications are sent through the SRJC staff distribution list.

The criteria for the scholarship is as follows:

  • The student must be a relative of a classified staff member.
  • The student must have a 2.50 GPA.
  • The student must be enrolled in 9 or more units each semester
  • The student must show that he/she has leadership qualities and must have participated in community service/activities.
  • The Pat Tognozzi Scholarship is awarded at the Classified Recognition Dinner, which is held during the Spring semester.

The scholarship is supported by donations from private parties and from fundraising efforts of the Classified Senate. Contact Classified Senate for more Information.


CTEA – Career Technical Education Act

The SRJC Office of Career & Technical Education and Economic Development (CTE/ED) is a catalyst for collaboration and communication in the North Bay. It initiates, facilitates, and supports cooperative projects featuring SRJC faculty, college advisory committees, and Sonoma County businesses.

The goals of the SRJC Career & Technical Education and Economic Development is to encourage faculty to:

  • Work closely with industry partners to ensure that CE programs are responsive to labor market demands.
  • Develop effective alignment between instruction in CE programs and the skills the labor market needs.
  • Participate in professional development activities related to improving instruction, program and curriculum.
  • Demonstrates effectiveness as measured by successful completion of degree/certificate programs and employment of its student completers.

We receive approximately $600,000 dollars in Perkins (CTEA) funding.  Funds are for projects to: 

  • Improve or expand programs of study including the faculty and staff development
  • Develop, revitalize, improve and implement new or existing CE program
  • Support programs, not isolated courses

These are “categorical” funds, much like those used by programs such as Disability Resources Department (DRD), Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS), Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA), and Student Success. They are not general funds and have their own set of legislated guidelines and requirements.

CTEA does not fund:

  • Non-occupational or general education programs
  • Ongoing operational expenses
  • Maintaining or supplanting a program
  • Anything the District would generally provide to an education program
  • Employment of Full or part time faculty or staff

For more information, contact Jerry Miller or Alicia Artz


Faculty Fund for 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.