Professional Development Funds

In order to support professional development of Northern Essex Community College faculty and staff, funds are available for conference attendance, research and books.

All applications are reviewed and approved by the Professional Development Funding Committee.

Please read the guidelines carefully.

Any full-time or part-time employee may apply for funds. In order to provide a quick turn-around time for funding review, we require the following:


  • Preference will be given to applicants who are engaging in their activity during the semester in which they apply: If requests far exceed what is available in that particular round we will recommend that your request automatically be considered in the semester in which your activity is to take place.
  • The fiscal year cap on funding allowed through professional development funds is $1300.00 per person. The fiscal year runs from July 1st through June 30th.
  • Only one short form is allowed per person per fiscal year and cannot exceed $100.00.
    • All applications must be submitted electronically and must be received by 4:00 PM on the deadline date. Please request approval from your supervisor with this form:
  • All information must be complete in order to be considered or it will be returned to you for further completion.
  • All conferences, events, workshops, symposia, etc., must take place within the current fiscal year in order for reimbursement. Also, any purchases must be made within the current fiscal year in order to apply for and receive reimbursement.
  • 2016-17 Academic Year:  there will be three rounds of professional development funding:  September, February and April.

The project description should be clear and complete. Again, incomplete applications will be returned.  A full description is required.

The following items are non-allowable expenses, and therefore, are NOT covered through professional development funding:

  • tuition/coursework towards a degree or certificate program – if a conference is solely for the purpose of CEU’s, it will NOT be funded.
  • memberships
  • equipment
  • printing and publishing costs
  • attendance at annual conference/meetings/similar activities when it is an ongoing expectation of the position
  • meals
  • postage and telephone costs
  • purchases that do not pertain directly to your job duties at the College
  • departmental supplies (software, books, etc.) for an entire department
  • employees discipline-required certifications
  • payment for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for any re-certification requirements

The Professional Development Funding Committee will review requests within ten (10) working days of the deadline date and make recommendations.

Applicants will receive an email notification letter from the Center for Professional Development regarding the request within one week of the committee’s funding meeting. Receipts must be received within four (4) weeks of your activity or we will not be able to guarantee funding.