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2020-21 CSI Chapter Development Grants & Statewide/Regional Networking Grants

Chapter Development Grants

Chi Sigma Iota Chapter Development Grants are intended to support activities in chapters that promote and recognize excellence in the areas of leadership, professional identity, advocacy, scholarship, and enhanced member involvement through active counselor community engagement.

Projects that enhance chapter and member services are highly desirable. Priority will be given to new chapters and chapters working on reactivation as well as chapters seeking expansion of services to professional members. Chapters are also encouraged to submit projects that will help members to enhance their professional identity and their sense of commitment to the counseling profession and personal excellence. Grants provide a stipend of $100-$300 as seed money for chapter projects.

Chapters may receive a Chapter Development Grant only once in any three year period. Past Chapter Development Grant recipients (.xlsx) are described by year and may be useful to review. Among the most frequently identified needs have been support for speakers for initiations and workshops, leadership development, alumni and professional member outreach, and chapter reactivation. Chapters wishing to apply for a grant should review the funding guidelines.

Online proposals were accepted until Thursday, October 15, 2020, at 5:00 PM EDT.

Decisions will be emailed to the primary applicant in late November. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Jake Protivnak, CSI Treasurer and Chapter Grants Chair (, and Dr. Stephen Kennedy, CSI Chief Operating Officer ( Recipients will be notified in late November and will be asked to complete an Interim Report by February 15, 2021 and a Final Report (with receipts) by April 15, 202. A reimbursement check will be sent to the Chapter Faculty Advisor by April 25.

Statewide/Regional Networking Grants

CSI encourages chapters to network though statewide or regional meetings of chapters and chapter representatives. These meetings often are held in conjunction with conferences of counseling associations, and other times chapters join together for CSI Day conferences at the state level. Grants will be awarded in support of building professional identity and coalitions of chapters. Chapters that have received a chapter or statewide/regional networking grant during any previous years may still apply for a statewide networking grant. Awarded grants are typically between $400 and $800, and funding is partly dependent on the number of applications received. Please note that the funding guidelines for Chapter Development Grants also apply to Statewide/Regional Networking Grants.

Chapters wishing to apply for networking grants are encouraged to review the list of past grant recipients (.xlsx). You can also download samples of programs and flyers from past statewide/regional networking programs:

Other resources include CSI's professional advocacy materials, the Spring 2014 issue of the CSI Exemplar, and the Summer 2014 Exemplar that includes articles such as "Advocacy in Action: CACREP Degree Required for Counselor Licensure of Ohio Residents" and "Counselor Community Engagement: Networking to Support Chapters." CSI support may be requested for exhibit booths, handouts for conference participants to be provided at the booths, and handouts for conference sessions related to CSI and professional identity.

Although a single chapter may complete the grant application, additional chapters from the same state or region that will serve as co-applicants should be listed on the application. All chapters that will serve as co-applicants must have consented to participate in the project.

Online proposals were accepted until Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 5:00 PM EDT.

The primary applicant will be notified of the review panel's decision in late November. If a proposal is accepted, the recipient will be asked to complete an Interim Report by February 15, 2021 and a Final Report, (with receipts) by April 15, 2021. Checks to reimburse grant recipients for their expenses will be sent by April 25. Please send any questions to Dr. Jake Protivnak, CSI Treasurer and Chapter Grants Chair (, and Dr. Stephen Kennedy, CSI Chief Operating Officer (