Grants

Purpose of committee: promote, screen and award grants, loans and scholarships to the membership.

Mandi Dornfeld, Co-Chair
Human Development and Relationships Educator
Winnebago County UW-Extension
625 E. County Road Y
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Phone: (920) 232-1973
Fax: (920) 232-1967
E-mail: amanda.dornfeld@wisc.edu

Katie Gellings, Co-Chair
Health and Wellbeing Educator
Green Lake County UW-Extension
County Government Center
Green Lake, WI 54941
Phone: (920) 294-4039
E-mail: kate.gellings@wisc.edu

Professional Development Grant Application – due Feb 1, 2022

 

Wisconsin Grants:

  • Henry L. Ahlgren Award – Ahlgren Benefactor Biography
    • Provides up to $5,000 annually for individuals or groups whose work helps to perpetuate the family farm in Wisconsin.  It supports professional development that improves the ability of Extension educators to work in agriculture and natural resource areas such as farm succession, modernizing family farms, or protecting the environment.  ESP membership required.
  • Marvin and Ellouise Beatty Award – Beatty Benefactor Biography
    • One award of up to $2,500 annually is made to an exceptionally promising and/or productive individual in Extension to aid the recipient in the development of his/her career as an adult educator.  ESP membership required.
  • Ellen Fitzsimmons Award – Fitzsimmons Benefactor Biography
    • Provides one award of up to $1,500 annually to support professional development of promising/productive faculty or staff.  ESP membership required.
  • J. Mitchell Mackey Award – Mackey Benefactor Biography
    • Provides one award of up to $1,500 annually to support professional development of promising/productive faculty or staff.  ESP membership required.
  • Louise Young Award – Young Benefactor Biography
    • Provides one award of up to $1,500 annually to support professional development of promising/productive faculty or staff.  ESP membership required.
  • Rosemary Stare Award – Stare Benefactor Biography
    • Provides one award of up to $1,500 annually to support professional development of promising/productive faculty or staff.  ESP membership required.
  • ESP National Conference Grant
    • A professional development grant of up to $1,200 to assist faculty or staff to attend the National ESP Conference.  ESP membership required.
  • Professional Development Grant
    • This is a general fund that provides up to $1,200 per person for in-depth, focused, professional development opportunities such as formal coursework, internships, workshops, or conferences with a specific subject matter focus.  All current employee or retired Extension Educators are eligible for grants.

Who Should Apply?

Any current employee or retired Wisconsin Extension educator is eligible to apply for Professional Development grants.  Named grants require membership in Epsilon Sigma Phi. Priority for all grants will be given to members of Epsilon Sigma Phi. Recipients can receive only one grant in a three-year period.  Follow this link to become an ESP Member.

Writing Suggestions:

Be concise and follow application guidelines. Avoid use of abbreviations or acronyms. If available, provide a conference brochure or other documentation to assist the committee in better understanding your request. Applicants are encouraged to prepare their narrative in a Word document to cut and paste into this google form.

Application Due Dates: August 1st and February 1st

Application Procedure:

  1. Complete the application online.
  2. Secure approval of application from your Area Director or Administrator.  Email a copy of the administrative approval: Mandi Dornfeld (Human Development & Relationships Educator) – amanda.dornfeld@wisc.edu

Grant recipients are reimbursed through the eTER process.

Questions?? Contact Mandi Dornfeld (920) 232-1973.

Grant Funding Source:

Grants are made possible because you, your colleagues, those that came before you, and other have donated to the ESP Professional Development Endowment Fund.  Follow this link to make a contribution.

National ESP Professional Mini-Grant Program: $1,000 Professional Development Grant with a deadline of February 12 and sometimes August 1. To apply, visit the ESP National website, www.espnational.org, look under the heading “Applications/Reports” for “Grants” drop down menu to obtain application forms and instructions.

Grants Committee Annual Reports:

2014/15 Grants Committee Annual Report

2012/13 Grants Committee Annual Report

2011/12 Grants Committee Annual Report

2010/11 Grants Committee Annual Report

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Award Recipients

2013 Financial Awards 

February 2013:

Bev Doll received a Marvin and Ellouise Beatty Award to attend the National Institute of Financial and Economic Literacy offered through Edgewood College

Katie Wantoch and Jennifer Blazek received a Henry L. Ahlgren Award to attend the 2013 Extension Risk Management Conference

Karie Lutz received an Ellen Fitzsimmons Award  to attend a First Semester Spanish course through the University of Wisconsin’s Independent Learning

Linda Kustka received an ESP National Conference Grant to attend the Galaxy IV Conference (includes the 2013 National ESP Conference)

Gayle Coleman received an ESP Professional Development Grant to attend the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Annual Conference

Richard Toebe received an ESP Professional Development Grant to take a Understanding and Managing Animal Resources Graduate Course from Colorado State University

Ruth Schriefer received an ESP Professional Development Grant to attend the Galaxy IV Conference

Barbara Haynes received an ESP Professional Development Grant to attend the National Urban Extension Conference

2012 Financial Awards

 August 2012:

Cara Carper received an ESP National Conference Grant to attend the ESP National Conference

 February 2012:

Karen Early received an ESP Professional Development Grant to attend the Renewable Energy for the Developing World workshop

The Centennial History Committee received an ESP Professional Development Grant to underwrite the “Capturing Your Extension Story” program which will be offered at the upcoming JCEP Conference.

Katie Sternweis, Maria Bendixen, Trisha Wagner and Sandy Stuttgen received a Henry L. Ahlgren Award to attend the 2012 Women in Agriculture Educators National Conference

Katy Maas received an ESP Professional Development Grant in the amount of $1,125 for The Wellness Profession course from the University of Wisconsin.

Kristi Cutts received an Ellen Fitzsimmons Award in the amount of $1,625 for the Approaches for Educational Inquiry course from Edgewood College.

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