The Staff Excellence Fund was established in January 2009 by the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Staff Compensation (PACSC) when the Special Recognition Award Program for University Support Staff was discontinued. $250,000 is allocated annually to fund the following initiatives:

  • High‐Quality Speakers. The fund will continue to sponsor speakers and events coordinated by Organizational & Human Development on topics relating to staff training and development, both within and independent of the annual staff conference. Estimated cost: $65,000/year.
  • Service Recognition. This fund contributes to the university’s annual Years of Service Reception for USG Staff at their at 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 year milestones (as determined by Human Resources). Estimated cost: $50,000/year.
  • Engagement and Leadership Development. $50,000/year is allocated to activities, programs and services to enhance employee engagement and foster leadership development. 
  • Healthy Workplace Initiatives. $85,000/year is allocated for Healthy Workplace Initiatives.

UWSA's role

In order to give staff input into how to allocate the Healthy Workplace Initiatives and the Engagement and Leadership Development initiative, PACSC delegated responsibility for generating and reviewing funding proposals to the UWSA. The SEF Committee was established as a standing committee in 2016. 

Application instructions 

Applicants are asked to complete and provide details for each section in the online application form. Incomplete proposals may be rejected or returned to the submitter for more details.  


The SEF Committee applies the following guidelines when considering proposals:

  • The proposal will not create a tax benefit for staff.
  • The proposal will not be used for construction or capital infrastructure.
  • The project must be implemented quickly and have a duration of no more than two years.
  • Projects may be proposed again to be considered for funding beyond two years.
  • Funds must not be used for proposals currently funded or organized by the University.
  • Funds will not be used for ongoing costs.
  • Projects must benefit many staff members.
  • Funds over $5,000 must be vetted by Procurement Services.
  • Funds can’t be used to remunerate UW staff, even if they act in the capacity of their own personal business within a project.