National Association of College
and University Chaplains

A multifaith professional community supporting spiritual and ethical life in higher education

NACUC Hardship Fund

Resources are available for members of NACUC who may need financial assistance in order to attend NACUC conferences.

NACUC recognizes that professional development is very important to the quality of higher education spiritual life and that our gathering at conferences enriches each other and our campus programs. We also value diversity in our membership including a diversity of institutions of different sizes and with different financial situations. In addition, recent economic circumstances have impacted the funds available to our members for professional development on many campuses. In an effort to support members attending our annual conference who demonstrate lack of institutional resources and financial need, NACUC has established a Hardship Fund to support these colleagues attending our annual conference. This fund is for colleagues who have been paying for conference attendance out of personal resources or would not otherwise be able to attend due to lack of institutional funds.

We want to support our colleagues in advocating that their institutions provide adequate resources for professional development. Before applying for hardship funds, we request that the member discuss their desire to attend the conference with a senior colleague and seek support to attend. If institutional resources are not available, a letter from the senior colleague to NACUC accompanying and supporting the application for hardship funds would strengthen the application. Also, if an institutional match is possible, that would strengthen and support the application and help more members to benefit from NACUC’s limited hardship funds. We also encourage colleagues to find ways to bring back their conference learning to their campuses, as through a campus professional development presentation that increases awareness of NACUC.

Priority will be given to chaplains who are active members of NACUC (i.e., not student, affiliate, or lifetime members) and those who have not received it before.   (New members may only receive funding from the Larry Green Fund.)

The Executive Committee has allocated $5000 for the initial fund with a $1000 maximum annual allocation per applicant.

One area where expenses may be able to be reduced is with lodging. Some conference attendees lodge with friends in the area of the conference, and there may also be members who are able to share a room without requesting reimbursement. This fund will cap the lodging allocation per recipient at half the cost of a conference hotel room to encourage sharing rooms.

One purpose of this fund is to allow at least occasional participation by members who may not have been able to attend a conference for several years. We hope this will also encourage members who may not currently be able to attend conferences to consider serving on the NACUC Executive Committee. On some campuses, serving on the Executive Committee has provided an enhanced rationale for the expenditure of university funds to cover participation.

Applications will be received annually until a deadline of December 15, 2019 and will be reviewed together by the Hardship Fund Committee on that date. The Hardship Fund Committee will include the President, Vice President, Membership Secretary, and one At Large Member.

Please click Hardship Fund Application to apply.  Applications will be received until 5:00 pm EST on December 15, 2019. 

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