Faculty & Staff

Faculty and Staff Emergency Fund

Faculty and Staff Emergency Fund

The Staff & Faculty Emergency Fund (The Fund) was created to provide support for Western Colorado University faculty and staff who are experiencing a crisis that could adversely affect them and their families as they serve the campus and our students. The intent of The Fund, donated by Western Colorado University alumni, parents, friends and employees of Western, is to support faculty and staff experiencing an emergency situation that creates a financial hardship. Priority for fund resources will be given to those who have exhausted all other means of financial support. Payments from The Fund are limited and not intended to provide ongoing relief for recurring expenses.

Emergency funding is provided in the form of a one-time grant which does not need to be repaid. Applications will be reviewed by the Director of Human Resources and the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be a current faculty or staff member on the WCU campus to qualify. If you are an undergraduate or graduate student employed by WCU and your primary reason for being at WCU is to be a student, you should apply through the Western CARES Fund.
  • You must be in good standing with the university.

Award Amount

  • The value of the grant will range according to the needs of the individual, but typically does not exceed $500. Awards are dependent upon available funds.

What expenses can be covered through the emergency fund?

  • Emergency temporary housing assistance which could include additional rent, security deposit, short-term hotel costs incurred due to the emergency, to quarantine or isolate, for personal safety, etc.
  • Unexpected medical, mental health or dental costs related to the emergency and not covered by insurance.
  • Unplanned travel expenses related to the emergency to receive medical care, to self-quarantine or isolate. Examples could include airfare, car rental, bus or train fare, etc.
  • Temporary assistance with food insecurity resulting from the emergency
  • Unplanned or additional childcare costs for staff and faculty required to work on campus during an emergency.
  • Emergency personal or “incidental” expenses such as clothing, hygiene items, etc.
  • Safety-related needs created by the emergency such as change of locks, legal assistance, court fees, etc.

What expenses are typically not covered by the emergency fund?

  • Credit card debts
  • Penalties, fines, parking or other tickets
  • Non-essential expenses
  • Expenses due to a lack of planning or overspending

How to Apply

  • Visit the Human Resources section of Collaborate for further instruction
  • Applications will be reviewed as they are received and employees will be notified of the status of their application generally within 3-5 university business days.

If you have questions, contact Melanie Hulbert at mhulbert@western.edu or Kim Gailey at kgailey@western.edu