Epsilon Sigma Phi
The Extension Professionals' Organization

Rita T. Wood Grant Fund

Required documents for a complete application:

Application Form

Application prep document: This is a word document of the application to help you prepare your answers for submitting online.

Chapter President Statement of Support
Extension Director Statement of Support


The Rita T. Wood Grant is intended to provide funds for one or more grants per year to individual members or chapters of Epsilon Sigma Phi. Grants to a chapter may be for programs or activities supporting leadership development and chapter growth. Grants to individuals may be made for the leadership or professional development of others within ESP. 

Award amounts may vary. Current maximum annual grant award is $1250.00.

The prime outcome from funded projects is to energize the Epsilon Sigma Phi organization and membership. The purposes include but are not limited to the following:

  • To improve infrastructure at the national or state chapter level and support the sustainability and growth of Epsilon Sigma Phi organization;
  • To strengthen the ESP organization’s ability to carry out its mission and serve its leadership teams or members; propel the ESP organization forward at the committee, chapter or national level;
  • To increase the organization’s visibility in the community, college, university or other professional associations;
  • To stimulate development of the Extension professional
  • To increase diversity in our membership and attract young and early career professionals;

Criteria for Consideration:

  • Project should demonstrate a plan to improve infrastructure at the national or state level.
  • Project should focus on new or enhancement of existing programs that support the sustainability and growth of the ESP organization
  • Project will help propel the organization forward at the local or national level.
  • Project should show potential to strengthen the organization’s ability to carry out its mission and serve its leadership teams or members.
  • Project will help increase ESP’s visibility in the community, university or other professional associations.
  • Projects should be such that it can be replicated by other ESP committees or chapters.

Deadlines: Complete online application by December 1. (Additional calls for applications may be made pending funding and board approval.)

Application  Expectations:

  • The project may be submitted by an individual or interdisciplinary team. (Fifty percent of persons on the project planning teams must be ESP members with dues paid for the current year, if applicable)
  • The project should be such that it can be replicated by other ESP committees or chapters.
  • Budget should be a total budget including all funds for the project. The budget should specifically address how ESP funds would be used.
  • The completed Rita T Wood Professional Development Grant Application must include statements of support from the Chapter President and the Extension Director or their designee. Support letter may be uploaded or an online form is available on the website.
  • The projects are to be completed one year from the date funding is announced.
  • A summary of the project with outcomes/results (for possible inclusion in the ESP Connection newsletter) and a financial report must be submitted to the National ESP Office by February 1 following the year in which the project was completed.
  • Failure to submit this report will necessitate reimbursement to ESP by the chapter. In addition, the chapter will not be eligible for another grant until the report and/or funds are returned.
  • An article for the Connection Newsletter, concurrent session presentation or poster exhibit at the National ESP Conference is encouraged.

Selection Criteria:

Scoring Criteria for Rita T Wood Grant  Yes is required 
Is the applicant an ESP member in good standing.  If the application is from an interdisciplinary team, are at least 50% of the team ESP members in good standing?   
Does the project have the potential for replication in other states?   
Does the project address the needs of a grand audience of Extension employees?  
   Points allocated for scoring
 Project justification, issues, description and objectives clearly outlined.  0-5 points
 Implementation plan clearly described  0-5 points
 Evaluation plan and anticipated outcomes are well outlined  0-5 points
 Budget request is justified and appropriate  0-5 points
 Project is innovative for chapter, Epsilon Sigma Phi or Extension at large  0-5 points
 Total points  0-25 points

Funding and Reporting

To request funding or to submit a final report for a grant that has been awarded, please visit the Reimbursements page under the Resources menu.

Epsilon Sigma Phi is a
501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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