The purpose is to
encourage clubs to sponsor educational seminars that promote
improvement of the breed in accordance with the standard, better
understanding, interest and perception of the Shetland Sheepdog to
the general public, and the issues and direction needed by breeders
and exhibitors for it's betterment. While "general interest"
seminars are not excluded from consideration, greater weight will be
given to curricula specific to the Shetland Sheepdog.
These funds are for
clubs that might not otherwise be able to afford the costs in
putting on a seminar.
appropriate seminars are:
Health issues and concerns
Conditioning of animals
Brood bitch and stud dog management
Temperament testing techniques
Illustration and/or interpretation of the standard
Rules and Regulations of the American Kennel Club
Judges education -(Must be done with assistance of regional Judges
Education Representative in accordance with material provided and
approved by the ASSA and AKC.)
Grants will NOT be
considered for seminars that focus on a main theme of exhibition
enhancement in any venue such as grooming, handling, or training
REVIEW AND APPROVAL
The ASSA Educational
Grants Committee reserves the right, in its discretion, to review
and approve the presenter and program content prior to approval of
financial assistance. As a guide, the Committee will consider,
without limitation, whether the seminar content is educational and
non-commercial, is consistent with the goals of the ASSA, and the
general welfare of the Association and its membership. The Committee
reserves the right, in its discretion, to reject, in whole or in
part, any application for a grant for an educational seminar. Clubs may apply for funding for one seminar per calendar year.
interested in applying for a grant for an educational seminar should
submit to their Regional Director a budget of the planned event, a
description of and, if available, an outline of seminar content,
together with the name or names of the presenters no later than 30
days prior to the planned event. The application should include
anticipated attendance and income expected. Applications submitted
after this date, or after the event has been held, will not be
Director will forward it without delay, along with their
recommendation for approval, to the Educational Grants Chairman. The
Educational Grants Committee (3 people consisting of the Chairman
and 2 committee members) will determine the amount to be given to
the club applying; grants may be made up to $250 for a 2 day and
$125 for a one day presentation. The Regional Director is
responsible in following up on the seminar held, and providing a
written event summary to the Educational Grants Chairman no later
than 30 days after the event completion. The report should include,
but not be limited to, a financial accounting, and any concerns on
program acceptability and value.
Grants Chairman will respond as soon as possible to Regional
Directors when approval is granted for a Member Club event and will
instruct the ASSA Treasurer to forward funds immediately.
GUIDELINES FOR REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS
Once a year per Region, $500.00 SEED money will be made available as
support for an educational event. Each Regional Director,
assisted, at times, by the Regional Judges Education Chairman, will
be ultimately responsible for the event in their Region. They
will try to obtain the assistance of ASSA Member Clubs as host clubs
and will use member survey volunteers as people to assist with the
seminar. Events may be hosted by single as well as multiple
host clubs and events may be presented in conjunction with
Specialties. The host club(s) will get the profits from the
event less the $500.00 seed money and, in addition, will be required
to donate a minimum of 10% of the events profits (after repayment to
the $500.00 seed money) to the ASSA. If the profit is less
than $500.00, 50% of the profit will be refunded to ASSA.
The Regional Director, the Regional Judges Education Chairman, and
the host club will work together to develop the event content.
Samples of acceptable topic groups for the outline include: the
breed standard, breed medical/health issues, judge's education,
history, AKC rules, legislation, nutrition, genetics and kennel
management. It is anticipated that the potential audience for
the event will include judges, ASSA members and non-ASSA member
breeders, etc. Regional Directors interested in developing and
holding an educational seminar should present a budget of the
planned event, a description and outline of seminar content,
together with the name or names of the presenters, no later than 60
days prior to the event date. The request should include anticipated
attendance and income expected. Requests submitted after this date,
will not be eligible.
The AKC encourages events of this nature and will assist
communications by sending, at no charge, mailing labels for judges
with in a specified area.
The Regional Director will forward these written requests to the
Education Chairman and host club will advertise and promote the
event and will be totally in charge of the planning for its success.
The Regional Director will provide a written event summary to the
Education Grants Chairman no later than 30 days after the event
completion. The report should include, but not be limited to, a
financial accounting, and any concerns on program acceptability and
value, and will be presented to the Board at its next meeting.
The Educational Grants Chairman will respond as soon as possible to
Regional Directors when approval is granted for a Regional
Educational Seminar and will instruct the ASSA Treasurer to forward
the funds immediately.