Professional Development Application


Application Guidelines: 

  • Eligible members must apply at least 60 days in advance of their training or program. Plan your applications accordingly.
  • Applications for January and February activities must be submitted 60 days in advance however, approval is pending until the Board approves their new budget on January 1.
  • Recipient will be responsible for providing all required information requested by the committee or fund eligibility may be forfeited.  
  • Professional development activity requests must be related to the applicant’s current position.
  • Applicants must provide a written rationale stating how the activity will help them grow professionally.
  • Members may request funds to support multiple professional development activities not to exceed $1,500.00 in a calendar year.
  • If applicable, it is the responsibility of the applicant to request paid educational leave from MMA.
  • Costs associated with the activity will follow per diems as stated in the MMA contract.
  • Meals that are included in the program attended will be considered a daily meal.
  • No alcohol or travel insurance will be covered.
  • Funds will be reimbursed directly to the supervisor once the training or event is completed and all forms (MMA expense form with actual expenses and itemized receipts) have been submitted. 
  • Expense affidavits are accepted using the MMA document and notarized accordingly.
  • Funds will only be reimbursed for costs/amounts of items as listed on the approved application. If requesting funds for costs that may increase (such as lodging or flight), reimbursement will only apply to the original approved amount and not be adjusted for increased cost.
  • The approved professional development activity must be scheduled, occur and reimbursement forms submitted within one calendar (MMA’s fiscal) year of the application approval.
  • Priority will be given to those who have not been awarded Professional Development Funds.

Review Process: 

  • MMA’s Professional Development Committee oversees the program and application review
  • Applications on an as needed basis.
  • Approval is determined by scores from the reviewal process. 
  • All decisions are final.