What is the Imagine Fund?
The Imagine Fund is used to support Imagine Grants. Grantees are provided financial assistance to attend professional development opportunities or to implement a new school program.
How many people receive a grant?
In 2019, 58 Imagine Grants were awarded totaling $75,450.
Do you have to be a NACAC member in order to receive an Imagine Grant?
No, you do not have to be a NACAC member but you do have to be a member of your local affiliate.
Can I apply for a grant to attend the national conference next year?
Yes! 2021 Imagine Grant applications are accepted after conference and are due by December 1, 2020. Visit the Imagine Grants page for more information.
Will the grant cover my travel expenses as well as my conference registration fee?
Yes, travel, hotel accommodations and registration fees up to the amount awarded. The typical professional development award does not exceed $800, and the typical special project award does not exceed $1,000.
What is the timing of the grant cycle? If I am awarded a grant, when will I find out?
Grant Applications Open – August 1
Grant Applications due for the following year (2021) – due December 1
Early/Mid-January – Committee reviews and selections are made
Early February – Applicants and their affiliate presidents are notified
November 1 – Grant recipient reports due, expense reports and receipts due to NACAC office
What types of school programs have received grants?
The Imagine Grant has recently assisted with a college campus experience program for first-generation students in New York and a program in Idaho focused on informing non-native English speaking parents about the college admission process.
How are donors recognized?
Donors are recognized on the donor honor roll, featured on the Imagine Fund web page. Previous year donors are also featured in the spring issue of the Journal of College Admission.
Questions about the Imagine Fund? Please contact Megan LaVine at 703-299-6845 for more information.
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