Donate to the Staff & Faculty Emergency Fund

The Staff & Faculty Emergency Fund (The Fund) was created to provide support for CU Boulder staff and faculty who are experiencing a crisis that could adversely affect them and their families as they serve the campus and our students. The intent of the fund, donated by CU Boulder, alumni, parents and friends of CU, is to support staff and faculty experiencing an emergency situation that creates a financial hardship. Priority for fund resources will be given to those who have exhausted all other means of financial support. Payments from The Fund are limited and not intended to provide ongoing relief for recurring expenses.

Emergency funding is provided in the form of a one-time grant which does not need to be repaid. Applications will be reviewed by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and the Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs or their designees. 

Please be aware that HR and Faculty Affairs application reviewers have a responsibility to inform OIEC when made aware of issues related to sexual misconduct, intimate partner abuse, stalking, discrimination, harassment and/or related retaliation so that individuals impacted receive information about resolution options and support resources. CU employees are not required to follow-up with OIEC in response to outreach, but the goal is to offer support and ensure safety.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be a current staff member, researcher or faculty member on the CU Boulder campus to qualify. If you are an undergraduate or graduate student employed by CU Boulder and your primary reason for being at CU Boulder is to be a student, you should apply through the student emergency fund
  • You must be in good standing with the university.

Award Amount

  • The value of the grant will range according to the needs of the individual, but typically does not exceed $500. Awards are dependent upon available funds.

What expenses can be covered through the emergency fund?

  • Emergency temporary housing assistance which could include additional rent, security deposit, short-term hotel costs incurred to relocate, quarantine or isolate, for personal safety, etc.
  • Unexpected medical, mental health or dental costs related to the emergency and not covered by insurance.
  • Unplanned travel expenses related to the emergency to receive medical care, to self-quarantine or isolate. Examples could include airfare, car rental, bus or train fare, etc.
  • Temporary assistance with food insecurity resulting from the emergency
  • Unplanned or additional childcare costs for staff and faculty required to work on campus during an emergency.
  • Emergency personal or “incidental” expenses such as clothing, hygiene items, etc.
  • Safety-related needs created by the emergency such as change of locks, legal assistance, court fees, etc.

What expenses are typically not covered by the emergency fund?

  • Credit card debts
  • Penalties, fines, parking or other tickets.
  • Non-essential expenses.
  • Expenses due to a lack of planning or overspending.


How to Apply

Staff and Faculty Emergency Fund Application

  • Submit the attached Staff, Researchers and Faculty Emergency Fund application along with supporting documentation. Please submit receipts or other documentation for all expenses for which you are requesting support, to the extent available.
  • Applications will be reviewed as they are received and employees will be notified of the status of their application generally within three university business days.

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