GCSAA Chapter Outreach Grant Program
Although GCSAA dedicates considerable resources to national outreach, those efforts alone are not enough to achieve desired results. For this reason, GCSAA has established a fund to help chapters engage in activities that complement its efforts to communicate the value of membership to key constituents, primarily golfers and employers.
2016 Chapter Outreach Grant recipients
The recipients of the 2016 Chapter Outreach Grants represent a wide variety of geographical areas and offer up examples of how outreach can be executed in many ways. The following chapters were awarded grants in 2016:
- GCSA of Cape Cod
- Central New York GCSA
- Central Ohio GCSA
- Florida West Coast GCSA
- Georgia GCSA
- Greater Cincinnati GCSA
- Kentuckiana GCSA
- Miami Valley GCSA
- Michigan GCSA
- Midwest Association of GCS
- Minnesota GCSA
- Northeastern GCSA
- Northern Ohio GCSA
- Northwest Ohio GCSA
- Rhode Island GCSA
- San Diego GCSA
- Virginia GCSA
The GCSAA communications department determines that each application meets the guidelines for eligibility and then a GCSAA member task group reviews all applications.
The following criteria are used for outreach awards:
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- First priority will be given to those chapters that have not received a grant in the last three years.
- The chapter must start its outreach activities within two calendar years. For example: awards granted in 2016 must be used by the end of 2017.
- The chapter must provide matching funds equal to the amount requested. For example: A request of $1,500 must be equaled by at least $1,500 from the chapter.
- The outreach activity should address a specific communications need, but not be a duplication of efforts undertaken by the GCSAA at the national level on behalf of the membership. For example: a request for money for general promotional materials will not be approved, since GCSAA provides print, audio and video collateral communications at the national level. But, a request for funds to buy commercial time using the national message on radio or television with a chapter tag line would be considered.
- Funds must be requested for future programs and not retroactively for past efforts.
- Each chapter must provide a brief follow-up report to help the GCSAA staff create a database of case studies and best management practices. If a chapter does not submit a follow-up report, it will be ineligible for consideration of an outreach grant in the future.
- GCSAA reserves the right to request the return of outreach funds if not used in accordance of the guidelines as detailed on the application.
- The grant request must be submitted and signed by the chapter president and at least one other chapter officer or staff member.
- Funds will not be approved to supplement current staff salaries. However, funds will be considered for freelance support or intern stipends to work on a specific communications outreach project.
- Any chapter request may not exceed $3,000.
Contact Craig Smith, director of communications and media relations, at 800-472-7878, ext. 4431, or email@example.com.