In June of 2014, the SEATA Executive Board approved the funding of up to $5250 to assist duly approved secondary schools, who have demonstrated financial need, to help cover their school’s NATA Safe School Award application fee. This grant program allocates each State in District IX up to $750 of funding (partial or full funding based on financial need)
The SEATA Secondary Schools Athletic Trainer Committee (SSATC) has been charged with encouraging secondary schools to apply to the NATA’s Safe Schools Program. The purpose of this grant program is three-fold:
1. Encourage each state in SEATA to promote the NATA’s Safe Sports School Award within their state.
2. Help secondary schools overcome the financial stumbling block associated with the award application fee.
3. Increase the number of NATA 1st Team and 2nd Team Safe Sports School Awards presented to SEATA secondary schools.
I. Secondary School Eligibility Requirements for Grant
a) Each candidate secondary school applying for this grant must be enrolled in the NATA Athletic Training Location and Services (A.T.L.A.S) Program.
b) An athletic trainer representing the candidate secondary school will be required to submit the following documents to SEATA’s SSATC Chair (incomplete grant requests shall not be considered):
i. Completed NATA Safe Sports School Award application and any supporting documents.
ii. Signed Declaration and Release (page 17-19 of SSSA Application)
iii. Complete SEATA Grant Request Form.
II. Timeline for Submission and Review of Grant Request(s)
a) AUGUST 1ST: Call for grant requests shall be made by all members of SEATA’s SSATC.
b) JANUARY 1ST: All required documents (as listed above) shall be submitted to the SEATA SSATC Chair.
c) JANUARY 7TH: The SEATA SSATC Chair shall be responsible for verifying and forwarding each complete grant request packet (with required documents) to a respective state based peer review team (composed of the respective State President and State’s SSATC Representative).
d) February 1ST : If a grant request is approved by the respective state peer review team, the SEATA SSATC Chair is responsible for the following:
i. Submit SSSA Application materials to the NATA and notify the SEATA Treasurer that the approved application fee can be paid to NATA.
ii. Notify each athletic trainer who submitted a grant request that he/she has/has not received the SEATA SSSA Grant and their application has/has not been submitted to the NATA for formal review.
iii. MARCH 7TH: The SEATA SSATC Chair shall submit a comprehensive Grant Request Summary Report to the SEATA President to be presented to the SEATA Executive Board. This composite report shall include all requests which have been recommended/not recommended for approval by the SSATC Chair and the respective State Peer Review Team; as well as all SSS Awards given by NATA.
III. Notification of a District IX Safe Sports School Awards
a) SSSA Winners will be selected and notified via email from the NATA.
b) The SEATA District Director is notified by the NATA when a secondary school in the district receives a SSSA. The Director will notify the SEATA Secretary, SSATC and PR Chairs of all SSSA recipient(s).
IV. Publicity of Awards
a) The Chair of the SEATA Public Relations (PR) Committee will contact the athletic trainer(s) at each secondary school who receive the SSSA to coordinate publicity and press releases for SEATA.b) The SEATA PR Chair will also notify the respective State Association PR Chair for publicity and press releases at the state level.c) Grant winners are encouraged to recognize SEATA as the funding source for the SSSA grant in press releases, interviews, and other forms of publicity about the award.V. Allocation of Unused Funds
a) If funds remain after March 1st, applications will continue to be considered and requests to fund renewals will be considered at that time.