As of 3/30/18 we have $3000 available in our Professional Development Fund!

Meet Our 2017 Professional Development Fund Recipients:

Clayton WIN Professional Development

Fund Program FAQs

What is the Clayton WIN Professional Development Fund Program?

Clayton WIN Professional Development Fund Program provides funding to WIN members not actively serving on the Board or as an elected officer, and women over the age of 18 who reside within Johnston County and seek to further their education and/or professional development on a career path to entrepreneurship and business.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Female
  • Must be age 18 or over at the time of application
  • Provide a detailed explanation of why funds are needed
  • Seeking to enhance a business or business skills, professional development, or aspiring to own and operate a local business
  • Be a WIN Member not currently serving as an elected officer or active Board member and/or reside within Johnston County
  • At least 2 years must have lapsed since last award to the same individual or business

Who funds Clayton WIN Professional Development Fund Program?

The program is made possible through fund raising efforts of Clayton WIN, sponsorships and donations.

How can funds be used?

Funds may be used for tuition, fees, books, registration and professional fees, and continuing education credits (CEUs) for an upcoming WIN approved program or course of study and/or an educational/professional organization or career advancement program; with funds payable only directly to the organizationFunds may not be used to satisfy a past educational debt.  The applicant must be fully eligible to attend the activity in order to apply for these funds.

If applying for funds to support a business launch, funds must be used for something tangible such as chairs or equipment. The funds cannot be used for permits or licensures.  The award is contingent upon the availability of funds at the time of the application review process.

How do I apply?

The Clayton WIN Professional Development application will be available on the WIN website.  Along with the application include a current resume including full employment history, a business letter of need, and one professional letter of reference.  Email completed application and materials to:

When can I apply?

Professional Development Fund applications may be submitted for award at any time by Clayton WIN members and by non-members.  Applicants will apply online via the WIN website or by mailing to the address on the bottom of the application.  Recipients are selected by the Professional Development Fund Committee.  Applicants should provide sufficient lead time to allow the review committee to complete their evaluation and put forth a recommendation to the Board.

How much funding is available?

Total available funding will be decided upon before the end of the December WIN Board meeting for the following fiscal year. However, an individual award cannot exceed $1,000, unless a higher amount is approved with a majority vote by the Board (based on an individual applicant’s merit and need).  Funds available through Clayton WIN will be awarded based on financial need, the cost of the education or training program, and the Clayton WIN funds available at the time of the request.  There is no limit on the number of individual awards given out, as long as the total amount awarded does not exceed the total amount designated by the Board to be awarded for that specific calendar year.

Can I reapply for a Professional Development Fund award?

Yes, previous recipients may reapply for assistance 2 calendar years after they are awarded funding provided they have met all requirements for their previous award.

How will the Fund recipients be selected?

Funding recipients will be chosen by a selection committee established by the WIN Professional Development Chair.

For Clayton WIN Members: The funding recipients will be chosen on the basis of financial need, personal circumstances, achievements, Clayton WIN participation, educational goals and the impact the program and funding will have on their professional career.  Those WIN members currently serving either as an elected officer or an active member of the Board are deemed ineligible.  Decisions of the selection committee and Board of Directors are final.

For Non-Members: After a review of all applications submitted, the selection committee will choose a pool of applicants for the interview process.  All applicants must make arrangements to participate in the interview process either in person or by phone at the time assigned.  The Fund recipients will be chosen based on financial need, personal circumstances and achievements, educational goals and the impact the program and funding will have on their professional career.

When and how will the Fund recipients be notified?

Fund recipients will be notified by phone and email.

If I am selected as a Fund recipient, how will I receive the funds?

Funds will be made available shortly after the recipients are announced.  The check will be mailed to your permanent home address and will be made payable only to the educational/professional institution or career advancement program or vendor.  It is your responsibility to deliver the award check to your institution/vendor’s financial office.  Any checks not cashed within 6 months after issue will become null and void and funds will revert back to the Clayton WIN Professional Development Fund Program.

What will be expected of me as a Fund recipient?

Fund recipients must provide accurate information at all times.  They must be enrolled in an approved educational or professional program within six months of receiving notification of the award and provide written confirmation of enrollment.  They must continue their designated educational program for the complete term of the award (barring illness, family emergency or military service), and at the end of the study provide written documentation of successful completion.  Failure to meet any of these criteria will result in a request for funds to be returned to the Professional Development Fund.

It is the expectation of Clayton Women in Networking that all award recipients will:

  • Satisfactorily complete the funded activity and provide proof of completion to the selection committee;
  • Volunteer for one or more of the Clayton WIN events within a year of receiving funding support;
  • Agree to speak at one Clayton WIN event, or provide a written summary of the benefits derived as a result of receipt of the funding support and sharing your experience.
  • WIN will publicize the award through social media outlets.