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Local governments often have unique needs that require customized solutions. Organizational scholarships pair School of Government faculty with qualifying local governments to develop and deliver practical, customized training and support to target your team’s specific needs. Organizational scholarships are awarded on an application basis and generally cover approximately 50% of total training costs.  Funds are limited and scholarships will be awarded competitively on a rolling basis.

Who can Apply?

Local government organizations in one of the qualifying counties for the Local Government Training Initiative, supported by the Golden LEAF Foundation.

Scholarship Priorities

Organizational scholarships support tailored School of Government leadership and/or management training, consultation, and support for single or multi-jurisdictional local government teams.  Funding priority will be given to applications that meet one or more of the following:

  • Benefit a significant number of members of a local government organization.
  • Develop skills or competency area/s that cannot be met in one of the School of Government open enrollment offerings.
  • Encourage cross-departmental or cross-jurisdictional cooperation with special priority for joint applications from two or more jurisdictions.
  • Engage a first-time-client of the School of Government.
  • Demonstrate an opportunity for ongoing, sustainable impact beyond the immediate training.
  • Complement an existing project or initiative supported by the Golden LEAF Foundation or the School of Government.

Check here for some examples of tailored training and support that we have provided.

The Local Government Training Initiative will not award organizational scholarships for the following:

  • Training that can be met via participation in existing School of Government open enrollment courses.
  • Training or support exclusively for local elected leaders or for managers in council-manager governments.
  • Training for an organization that has received another organizational scholarship within the calendar year.

Think your organization might be able to benefit from an organizational scholarship?  Check here to learn more about the application process.