The Campus Care Grant
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Each year, millions of students from all backgrounds plan to call their college or university their ‘home away from home.’ Their safe place. Their community where they belong and where they can easily access everything they need to explore interests, focus academically, and grow personally. Yet, for many students, even their basic needs are not being fulfilled, resulting in widespread issues like homelessness, food insecurity, and poor mental health. That’s where the Campus Care Grant comes in to advance campus initiatives designed to overcome barriers that are stunting student success.
The Campus Care Grant awards up to $20,000 annually to programs or services that support student achievement by addressing the basic needs of students on campus, such as housing, food, mobility, safety, academic resources, and counseling. The NACAS Foundation developed the Campus Care Grant to expand the level of support campuses can provide to students through service delivery.
Backing how your campus cares for its student community.
As societal and economic changes bring new stresses to students’ lives, campus service leaders rally and respond by problem-solving for barriers like residence and meal plan affordability, lack of transportation options, complexities in navigating on-campus resources, and much more. From food pantries to co-op living programs to peer-to-peer counseling and everything in between, the Campus Care Grant provides financial backing to programs that bridge the gaps between what students have and what they need to thrive.
Grant Opens: March 15
Application Deadline: June 24
Meet the 2021 Campus Care Grant Recipients
- University of Central Arkansas
- New York Institute of Technology
- Clayton State University
- Colorado State University – Pueblo
- University of Saskatchewan
Covering the Basics
To complete the application for the Campus Care Grant, please provide:
A written statement describing the proposed project, program, or service and how it addresses a basic need of students on campus, such as housing, food, mobility, safety, academic resources, and counseling (750-1000 words)
A budget for the proposed project, program, or service detailing how grant funds will be spent, including other needed funds or other groups providing funds, if applicable.
Letter(s) of support from students and/or administrative and academic administrators explaining how the program, service or project will benefit students.
To be considered for the Campus Care Grant, you must:
- Propose a new or enhanced existing program/service that supports students’ success and addresses a basic need of students on campus
NOTE: The Campus Care Grant is not intended to serve as a discretionary fund or scholarship for students
- Showcase long-term sustainability of the program or service after grant funding
- Demonstrate that the program or service is replicable, in that other campuses may use the project or program guidelines to recreate on their campuses
- Develop a budget showing how the money will be spent, any other needed funds, and any other groups providing funds
- Identify clear metrics/KPIs that showcase the positive impact this program or service will have on students’ lives and/or success
- The recipient must be a post-secondary institution
Your application will be evaluated on your ability to meet the grant criteria, with an emphasis on showcasing the sustainability and replicability of the program or service. Submissions should include a completed application, a written statement addressing how the program will meet the criteria, and letter(s) of support from students and/or administrative and academic administrators explaining how the program, service, or project will benefit students.
In response to the continued global pandemic, the NACAS Foundation is encouraging more submissions that fall between the $2,000 – $5,000 range, anticipating that many institutions will have new funding needs associated with COVID-19 and student wellness.
Disbursements will occur within 30 business days after the winner has been notified of acceptance.
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