Special Project Grant Guidelines

Special project grants awarded through NACAC’s Imagine Grant program provide financial support for projects that serve students or the college admission profession. Special projects may include, but are not limited to, launching an advocacy program, hosting a professional development workshop, or developing a new publication.



Applicants seeking funding for a new initiative serving students or the profession are encouraged to apply. Individuals, as well as NACAC affiliate associations, may apply for funding. In addition:

  • Applicants must assist students in the transition to college.
  • Any individual seeking funding must be a member of their NACAC affiliate association.

Allowable Expenses

Grants can help cover the expenses associated with the development and implementation of special projects. Allowable expenses include design, printing, postage, venue rental, audio-visual equipment, transportation, event food, etc. (Funds cannot be used to cover staffing costs.)

Awards may not meet the full amount requested.

Application Requirements

Grant applications must include:

  • A detailed description of the need the grant will satisfy.
  • An action plan outlining how the grant will be used.
  • An outreach plan for recruiting and funding participants (if applicable).
  • A complete budget.

Please note that there is a three-step process to submit your application. In order for NACAC to receive your completed form, you must select "MARK AS COMPLETE", “REVIEW and SUBMIT” and then “SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION.”  If you do not follow these submission steps the application will not be made visible for review. 


Affiliate presidents verify each applicant’s affiliate membership and provide a priority ranking for all applications from their affiliate.

The potential impact and number of individuals served by the grant is taken into account. Priority is given to applicants who:

  • Have not received NACAC funding in the past.
  • Submit a complete, detailed, and thoughtful application.
  • Provide a detailed plan for the use of the funds.
  • Address the sustainability of the project or program in future years.
  • Propose a project that would assist underserved constituencies.
  • Suggest a project that could be easily replicated in other affiliates.

Applicants are highly encouraged (but not required) to seek additional funding from their institution, affiliate organization, and/or other sources. Applicants who successfully secure outside funding will be given priority in the grant selection process.


After the conclusion of the project (but no later than Nov. 1), the grantee must submit:

  • a NACAC reimbursement form
  • receipts
  • Imagine Grant summary report

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