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Imagine Fund FAQ

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 much of my donation goes towards fulfilling grants?
100 percent! Funds raised in 2017 will be awarded in the 2018 grant cycle.

Does NACAC use the funds raised for any other purposes?
No, 100 percent of the funds raised for the Imagine Fund are awarded back in grants. The fund does not support NACAC programming or other initiatives.

How many people receive a grant?
In 2016, we received 127 grant applications and 71 Imagine Grants were awarded totaling over $58,000.

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! 2018 Imagine Grant applications are accepted after conference and are due by December 1, 2017. Vist 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 (2018) – due December 1, 2017
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 the L.E.A.P. Conference in Iowa and a California school program aimed at helping teens make connections between their interests and the college search process.

Several grant recipients and programs are featured on our Imagine Fund home page. Look for updated stories on the Admitted blog, our social media channels, and in donation emails.

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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The Imagine Fund

The Imagine Fund

Strengthening the field through grants for college admission and counseling professionals.

Donor Honor Roll

NACAC extends a heartfelt thanks to our September donors for their generous support.