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Apply for help when you experience a short-term financial emergency or unanticipated expenses that cause you financial hardship.

The EEAF reimburses actual expenses arising from qualified events, so you can recover quickly.

There are two types of grants: Qualified Disaster and Personal Hardship. These grants are considered non-taxable income; they are not loans and do not have to be repaid.

Awards are based on financial need and the severity and impact of the disaster or other emergency on you and your family.

The program is administered and managed by America’s Charities, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization based in Virginia, who independently receives and reviews all applications on Stanford’s behalf.

You’ll be asked to attest to eligibility requirements and provide documentation to support your application.

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Program Summary


  • You’re scheduled to work in a benefits-eligible position for six consecutive months or more (four months or more for bargaining unit employees)

  • You’re part-time (working 50% to 74% time) or full-time (working 75% to 100% time)

  • You’re in good standing

  • You’re an active employee or on an approved leave of absence

Other criteria to note:

  • On the date of the qualifying event, you were a benefits-eligible employee at Stanford

  • The qualifying event happened within the past six months

  • Your benefits-eligible spouse, domestic partner, or child working at Stanford isn’t applying for the same grant for the same qualifying event for which you are applying

Overview: Qualified Disaster Grant

Recover from a federally declared disaster (as defined by the IRS in Publication 3833 or IRS Code Section 139).

  • Grants reimburse up to $1,000 per qualifying event, with a maximum of one grant per family household per year.

Overview: Personal Hardship Grant

Recover from a natural or local disaster not part of a federally declared event, or from a broad list of other qualifying events. These are typically one-time events that cause you to spend the money budgeted for rent, mortgage, or utilities on unexpected bills, eligible medical travel, basic living expenses, care, or resources for your family, etc.

Personal Hardship grants are available to eligible employees after six months (182 calendar days) of service.

  • Full-time employees: grants reimburse up to $5,000 per qualifying event, with a lifetime maximum of $5,000

  • Part-time employees: grants reimburse up to $2,500 per qualifying event, with a lifetime maximum of $2,500

Application Process

Before you apply, review the Program Criteria and gather necessary supporting documents.

Decisions will be made within 10 business days upon receipt of a completed application; if you are missing core materials, that will delay the decision. Final decisions will be sent in writing via email; grant awards are paid to you via electronic funds transfer or check, or directly to a creditor/vendor.

Program Administration

America’s Charities worked with Stanford to establish the parameters of the fund. Based on the program guidelines, America’s Charities is responsible for making grant decisions, distributing grant awards, and managing appeals.

Assistance from the EEAF is subject to the availability of funds, the extent of your need, and your satisfactory completion of the application as determined by America’s Charities.

For questions, contact America’s Charities Stanford Support Team via email at

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