The Imagine Grants

The Imagine Grants are intended to provide assistance to individuals who might otherwise be unable to participate in professional development opportunities or to implement a new innovative program. Projects and programs funded by an Imagine Grant should serve as a role model to the profession. The NACAC Affiliates Presidents Council appoints an Imagine Grant Committee to oversee the program.

Imagine Grant

NACAC provides Imagine Grants to offer financial support to individuals or NACAC affiliates who assist students in the transition to college. We will be accepting proposals for the 2020 grant cycle in August 2019.

Professional Development

Provide financial support for individuals who might other- wise be unable to attend NACAC and Affiliate professional development programs.

Special Projects

Provide support for innovative projects that serve our profession or our students. Special Projects may include, new professional development workshops, advocacy programs, and seed money for new publications.

Imagine Grant Program Guidelines

Detailed information you will need to know when applying for an Imagine Grant.


Amount requested in 2019


Number of grants awarded in 2019


Grant amount awarded in 2019

Imagine Grant Recipients

In their own words...

“Thanks to the NACAC Imagine Grant I was able to attend the 2016 national conference. Through my involvement I was able to share framework for programs that may be implemented at other institutions, facilitate the exchange of best practices, and be a voice for the transfer student population.” - Grant for Professional Development, 2016 National Conference

Julie Marlatt

Parkland College, IL

"At Critical Components, I always felt like I was learning and growing whether it was at the College Fair, getting information from a veteran college counselor, or networking with new friends/colleagues." - Grant for Professional Development, 2016 Critical Components

Jamey C. Becker

Archbishop Curley High School, MD

“Through the generosity of the Imagine Grant, I was able to offset my expenses of my attendance at the 2016 NACAC Conference. While being provided the opportunity to network with colleagues from across the country, I was able to receive data regarding the current state of the admission profession.” - Grant for Professional Development, 2016 National Conference

David Byrd, Ph.D

University of Texas Health and Science Center (TX)

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