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Crisis Response Fund

Higher education as a whole is facing significant challenges—mass layoffs, program discontinuation, nonrenewals of non-tenure-track and contingent faculty, and intellectual property issues related to remote teaching. Due to these challenges, our chapters and conferences are facing increased—and in some cases—unforeseen expenses. The AAUP has set up a Crisis Response Fund to provide assistance to AAUP state conferences and chapters engaged in responding to crises at their institution, state system, or profession as a whole.

Application Instructions

To apply for a grant from the Crisis Response Fund, the chapter or conference should provide a short explanation by November 22, 2022, of how much funding is being requested and how the funds will be used to support the costs of the organization’s efforts to address this crisis or to defray an already accrued expense related to crisis response. Examples of crises include the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, direct attacks on tenure or academic freedom, and mass faculty layoffs or reduction in force. Examples of eligible expenses include support for issue organizing related to responding to the crisis; lawsuits and arbitrations directly related to the crisis; and events and studies related to educating members, administration, and the campus community. One to two paragraphs should suffice. Please note that requests for funding for lawsuits or arbitrations should be for accrued legal expenses only; these requests may require a second level of review. Funds cannot be transferred to individual faculty members. Grant awards will not exceed a maximum of $20,000 in a given year.

As additional documentation, the chapter or conference should include a one-page summary (bullet points are recommended) of how this effort will support the chapter or conference’s priorities and goals for the academic year. The requesting entity should also include a copy of the chapter’s or conference’s most recent financial statements. If the chapter or conference does not produce financial statements, a copy of the annual budget and the most current bank statement will suffice. Please note that in order to be eligible, chapters must be in good standing with the AAUP.

All grant awards will be reviewed and awarded by the AAUP Council at its discretion. Awards of over $5,000 will be made in installments and will be subject to continual review by the national office.

Please direct all grant applications and questions to David Kociemba.