CVDA Grant Program

As part of CVDA's mission to "promote the art and sport of dressage," educational grants are made available to help fund educational opportunities to members who have demonstrated a commitment to and/or excellence in the sport, as well as volunteerism within the organization. The CVDA Grant program supports qualified members in their educational advancement with the expectation that the membership and sport will benefit as a result of the knowledge and experience gained or program offered.

Purpose and Uses of Funding

Grant funding is to be used to host or participate in an educational program that includes, but is not limited to: seminars, workshops, clinics, and/or educational programs offered by recognized or certified instructors. Educational programs may include, nationally recognized USDF or regionally sponsored clinics and symposiums, whether ridden in or audited by the applicant. Grants will not be awarded to augment the training costs of the horse or rider. The grant program's intent is to provide the widest possible range of dressage education to the greatest number of members and to support the development of dressage in the area.

Individuals may apply for a CVDA grant to attend a USEF Judge's Program, USEF Technical Delegate Program, USDF "L" Education Program, USDF Certified Instructor Program, pre-certification and/or testing or other educational programs of this caliber. Applicant must provide program information and whether or not the plan is to test. All applications for grant funding must have a stated objective, must be for the specific purpose of advancing the rider's/trainer's/official's skills or standing in the dressage community, and must have a clear beginning and end date.

Individuals may also apply for a CVDA grant to conduct an educational event in the area. Educational events are the essence of the grant program and should be well-planned, consisting of mounted or unmounted instruction or a combination of both. They are not to merely consist of individual riding lessons at a reduced price. The event must be open to the CVDA membership, and the application needs to state a plan to include auditors. The format and logistics of the educational event, goal for the attendees, the clinician/speaker to be featured and a complete budget must be detailed in the application.

Applicants may apply for a CVDA grant to fund or defray the cost of hosting the event but grant monies are not to be used for the grant recipient to make a profit from the event. Excess income generated from the event will be deducted from the grant amount to be paid. Financial management of the event is the responsibility of the event manager. It is also the responsibility of the grant recipient/ event manager to secure all facilities, equipment and volunteers needed for a successful event. CVDA will assist with advertising the event in the CVDA newsletter and website to promote attendance. Mounted participants in any event receiving funding from a CVDA grant are required to abide by the CVDA Protective Headgear Policy.

Grant Application Process

Applications will be screened using a uniform set of criteria to include: goal of program, benefit to CVDA membership at large, effect on professional development and educational purpose, length of CVDA membership, volunteer history, other scholarships/grants received and applied for, previous awards and recognition, a summary of your dressage experience and/or event management experience. Preference will be given to members who have made a significant volunteer contribution to CVDA.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and members in good standing with CVDA for a minimum of 2 years. Applicants under the age of 18 must have an adult sponsor. Current board members and members of their immediate family are not eligible to apply.

CVDA grants will be awarded once per year. In 2016, all grant applications will be due by March 15, 2016. CVDA will notify all applicants of the outcome of their applications by May 10, 2016.

The total maximum amount that will be awarded through the CVDA grant program in 2016 is $2,500. The committee may choose to fund multiple grants with lower award amounts to total no more than $2,500.

Giving Back to CVDA

Those awarded a grant will be mailed a "Letter of Agreement." This is a simple contract between the CVDA member and CVDA that outlines where, when and how the money will be used, as well as what the recipient is willing to volunteer to do for CVDA in return. Some ways that members may give back for the grant assistance might be giving clinics, organizing or managing an event, judging, writing an educational newsletter article, etc.

The applicant should understand that if chosen, he/she will receive the full grant award after attending or conducting the educational event. The recipient must provide CVDA with the corresponding receipts to the budget submitted upon application, as well as full financial disclosure of expenses and income following the successful completion of the educational program or event. It is also understood that if for any reason the recipient does not complete or host the program for which a CVDA grant was made, any unused portion of the funds must be returned to CVDA.

Grant recipients may apply for additional grant awards every two years. This is in order to provide for increased opportunity for grant funding use within the CVDA membership.

Download the 2016 CVDA Grant Application.

2015 CVDA Grant Recipient: CVDA Member Suzie Kent

Suzie was awarded this year's CVDA grant funds to organize and manage a clinic with the internationally-renowned trainer and competitor EVI STRASSER. The clinic was held on August 22-23, 2015, at Kaleidoscope Farm in Springfield, VT. CVDA members had preference to ride in this clinic and auditing was free for CVDA members. This clinic was a wonderful educational event, and we thank Suzie for her initiative in bring a clinician of this caliber to our membership.

 

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