Each year, University of Iowa Staff Council (UISC) receives money from the contract between the UI and Coca-Cola. These funds are available to allocate for various awards, events and professional development opportunities, all benefiting University of Iowa staff. We encourage University of Iowa departments and staff members to apply for this funding!

What do we fund?

Successful applications from staff usually fall under one of the following four categories:

To allocate UISC funds beyond any standing allocations, UISC accepts applications via webform.The UISC Executive Committee reviews each application and makes decisions regarding funding.

Should I apply for UISC funds directly?

UISC allocates funding to several established programs for allocation and awarding directly to applicants, based on each program's awarding criteria. Before applying directly for UISC funding, we encourage you to visit the following funding sources for more information to see if your application would be best served by these programs:

Staff Appreciation Grant Program

  • To groups seeking funding for appreciation/recognition efforts in their specific area. (Not intended for campus-wide or shared governance events, apply for UISC funds for these purposes).
  • Beginning July 1 for use in fiscal year July 1 - June 30 until funding is exhausted. 
  • Only one time per area per fiscal year.
  • $10/staff member up to $300 (max) per department during the fiscal year.
  • First qualified are first served; funding is limited.

Mary Jo Small Fellowship

  • The Mary Jo Small Staff Fellowship is an award that University of Iowa staff members may use to help defray costs associated with regional, national, or international meetings or workshops, as well as a variety of other non-academic professional development opportunities on and off-campus
  • Application deadlines:  February 28 and August 31
  • For up to $1,500 total

Tuition Assistance Program

  • To help defray the cost of tuition for one college credit course.
  • Application deadline: The second Friday of the month in May (summer), July (fall) or December (spring).
  • View the Tuition Assistance Tip Sheet (pdf) to learn more about the Tuition Assistance Program requirements and important deadlines.

Apply for UISC Funds

If your application does not fit best for any of the above programs, we encourage you to apply for UISC funds!

Apply for UISC funds through our webform.

Deadline: Applications are accepted/considered from August 1-May 31 and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis based on application merit.  Funding is limited.


Contact us if you have questions about staff recognition and development funding and the UISC funds: oe-leader@uiowa.edu or staff-council@uiowa.edu