Travel & Training Fund: How to Apply
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2011 Travel & Training Fund grantee Ashley Caldwell competes in the Women's Aerials Final of the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championship 2015 on January 15, 2015 in Kreischberg, Austria. (Photo by: Lars Baron/Getty Images)
What is the purpose of the Travel & Training Fund?
The goal of the Fund is to provide direct financial assistance to aspiring female athletes with successful competitive records who have the potential to achieve even higher performance levels and rankings with our help.
Who administers the Travel & Training Fund?
The Travel & Training Fund is administered by the Women’s Sports Foundation and is supported by generous sponsors like Gatorade and public donations.
Who is eligible to apply?
1. Individual applicants and all members of a team must be female U.S. citizens or legal residents and be eligible to compete for a U.S. national team.
2. Applicants must have amateur status.
3. Applicants must demonstrate the ability, based on competitive record and years in training, to reach and compete at an elite level.
Those that have competed regionally (outside their state), nationally and/or internationally and/or are ranked by a national governing body.
4. Applicants must have a successful competitive record within their sport and/or age group.
5. In order to qualify for a team application, a team must consist of two or more females.
6. An individual or team may be awarded only one grant per calendar year and a maximum of three grants to an individual or team in a lifetime.
Who is not eligible to apply?
1. High school, college, university (intercollegiate or club) or community recreation sports teams.
2. Any athlete who is a member of a team already applying for a team grant may not also apply for an individual grant in the same grant period.
How would accepting a grant affect a student athlete's college eligibility?
1. Per the NCAA, for Division I and Division III athletes, receipt of this fund for general training expenses will jeopardize a prospective student-athletes or an enrolled student-athlete’s amateur status and make the individual ineligible to participate in intercollegiate athletics at the Division I or Division III level. However, in Division I and III NCAA Amateurism rules allow an individual to receive expenses provided they do not exceed the individuals’ actual and necessary expenses and are related to competition, or practice in preparation for competition. If an individual accepts actual and necessary expenses it is the responsibility of each institution to ensure that its student-athletes comply with NCAA legislation.
2. Per the NCAA, for Division II athletes, prior to initial full-time enrollment at any collegiate institution, a prospective student-athlete may use her athletics ability for pay without jeopardizing her amateur status. However, if the prospective student-athlete delays full-time collegiate enrollment following the graduation date of her high school class and continues to receive funds based on her athletics ability, the prospective student-athlete may use a season of intercollegiate competition and could be subject to an academic year in residence.
3. Athletes applying for the grant are responsible for checking the financial aid regulations of the NCAA or sports organization governing their current or future high school, college or university to avoid jeopardizing their eligibility for sports participation. For specific questions about your collegiate eligibility, please contact the NCAA or your collegiate institution directly.
How would accepting a team grant affect a student athlete's college eligibility?
1. NCAA Amateurism rules allow an individual, on an outside team, to receive expenses from that team provided they do not exceed those individuals’ actual and necessary expenses and are related to competition, or practice in preparation for competition. For example, "general" training expenses would not qualify for this exception, but actual and necessary expenses for meals, lodging and transportation that are directly related to competition would fit within this exception. If an individual accepts actual and necessary expenses it is the responsibility of each institution to ensure that its student-athletes comply with NCAA legislation.
2. Please note that if an individual receives preferential treatment, and/or a benefit or service because of the individual’s athletic reputation or skill, or pay-back potential as a professional athlete this may affect the student-athlete’s amateur status.
What is the grant amount awarded?
Individual amounts vary between $2,500 and $10,000. Up to $140,000 in grants will be awarded in 2015.
When are deadlines and other relevant dates?
Online applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST on Friday, June 12, 2015. Please note that it may take up to three months for a decision to be made on your grant application. Grants will be disbursed during the fourth quarter of 2015.
Applicants will be judged on what information is available or provided at the time of application submission.
Access the application here
and follow the directions to register a new user profile or update an existing profile.
Under the organization information, please enter the contact information for your National Governing Body (NGB)
. A Tax ID number is not required
to register (so you may leave that space blank).
Notification of Application Acceptance
You will receive an e-mail at the e-mail address provided in your profile when your application has been received.
Any application that is late, incomplete or requesting funds for an event or purchase of equipment that will occur before the applicant would receive the grant money will not be accepted.
After reading the above guidelines carefully, if you have any questions, please refer to our Travel & Training FAQ or contact us directly.