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Conference and Speaker Funding

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Office of Professional Development is not longer accepting applications for travel funding. Additionally at this time all travel requests are cancelled until futher notice.


Faculty and classified staff members may request up to $500.00 per fiscal year (July 1 - June 30). The funds may be used to attend conferences or provide a speaker for in service training. The guidelines, polices, procedures and forms needed are outlined below. Please make yourself familiar with them prior to requesting funds.

Please be aware of request deadlines: All requests should be submitted a minimum of six weeks in advance of the start of the conference or activity. Paperwork submitted less than six weeks in advance runs the risk of not making it through the approval process in time.


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Eligible Activities

Both classified professionals and faculty members may apply for professional development funds to attend conferences, job enhancement activities or bring a speaker to campus. The activities must meet the following criteria:

  • Be discipline specific or;
  • Support effective teaching practices or;
  • Be in support of job specific skills or;
  • Career enhancement
  • Speakers must be for department, division, unit training or job enhancement and NOT be a speaker for which the primary audience is students
Expense and Reimbursement Guidelines

Please be sure to read the guidelines for reimbursable expenses:

CPIE Documentation Requirements - Click Here

GCCCD Travel Quick Reference Sheet- Click Here

GCCCD Travel Expense Procedure - Click Here

Create a Workday Expense Report Guide - Click Here

Non-reimbursable Expenses
  • Meals and beverages
  • Fees for association memberships
  • Entertainment expenses
  • Extra nights of lodging expenses for leisure purposes
Procedures and Forms
  • Professional Development Funding Application: Fill out the activity information, estimated costs **, total amount and total amount requested (maximum $500.00). 
  • Off Campus Activity Request: Fill out the activity information, estimated costs** and under the "Funding Authorizations and Travel Approvals" area, enter for the Description indicate "Professional Development", enter the Account Number "1340002", and enter the total amount requested. If receiving funds from other sources, enter those descriptions, account numbers and amounts as well. For any remaining balance please indicate "will be paid by personal funds."
  • Submit Forms for approval: Submit both forms for review and signatures to:
  1. Department Chair or Supervisor
  2. Division Dean or manager
  3. The Professional Development Office
  4. The forms will then be forwarded through the remaining approval process.
  • Approval: If approved, the "Off-Campus Activity Request" form and "Professional Development Funding Application" will be placed in your campus mail box. At this point, your travel is approved and you may make your travel arrangements.

**Please be aware that the estimated costs should be as accurate as possible and you must provide the required documentation with your application to ensure full reimbursement.

***Please be aware the process may take up to 6 weeks, plan accordingly!

Last Updated: 04/23/2020


Rochelle Weiser
Office of Professional Development - Training Assistant
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30-4:00pm
Phone: (619) 644-7364

  • Grossmont
  • Cuyamaca
A Member of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District