Interested in attending a professional development workshop or conference? Tight on Budget? If so, apply for SEEDS. This program contributes awards up to $200, per fiscal year, to staff members interested in participating in or seeking professional development. There are guidelines and restrictions on what professional development activities are acceptable; see below for that listing.


  1. Review SEEDS Guidelines to determine eligibility.
  2. Complete application, including all required signatures.
  3. Include copies of all related materials for desired professional development activity (with cost breakdowns).
  4. Applications must be completed and submitted to the SEEDS chair, Sheryl Botts by email: or by mail, MH 406.
  5. Applicants will be notified by email by the SEEDS chair with the results of their application. (The Staff Council Treasurer will be copied in to be aware of the status of each application).
  6. Immediately upon completion of the event, the SEEDS recipient must contact the SEEDS chair, Sheryl Botts for reallocation of SEEDS award to department speed type.
  7. If you are approved ahead of time of an award and then you do not use it, contact the SEEDS chair immediately to cancel the award or to arrange for a transfer back to the SEEDS speedtype.



  1. Employees must have been employed by the University for at least ONE YEAR to be eligible for a SEEDS award.
  2. All staff, classified/unclassified, full/part-time, are eligible.
  3. Employees may receive no more than $200.00 in SEEDS awards in any fiscal year. Awards are recorded by date of event rather than by date of application.
  4. Examples of items funded: Continuing Education classes; PPCC classes; Job-related workshops, conferences and seminars.
  5. Examples of items NOT funded: Magazine subscriptions; Professional dues; Personal enrichments (e.g., Weight Watchers, Smoke Enders, gym memberships, classroom materials or books); Taped seminars (audio or video); travel within Colorado Springs.
  6. All applications will be considered and are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  7. It is the applicant's responsibility to process all necessary paperwork such as payment voucher, receipts, invoices, and all other appropriate documentation.
  8. If possible, use the ACARD to pay for event registration.
  9. You are encouraged to submit your application prior to the event date. If this is not possible, your application will only be considered up to 60 days after the event date (with the exception of Fiscal Year crossovers).