NetVUE Awards Program Development Grants, Offers New Grant Opportunities

CIC awarded 20 Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) member colleges and universities Program Development Grants in November 2015 (see awardee list below). The grants are intended to deepen, expand, or otherwise strengthen vocational exploration programs that are underway on each campus. In this fourth funding cycle, awardees received between $25,000 and $50,000 for use over a two-year period beginning in May 2016. Proposals for a fifth-round of Program Development Grants are due September 16, 2016.
This spring, CIC also will invite proposals for two additional NetVUE grant opportunities: Professional Development Awards and a new grant initiative, the 2016–2017 Vocation Exploration Renewal Grants.
  • Professional Development Awards are available for professional development activities that enhance the knowledge, skills, and expertise of faculty and staff members who engage undergraduates in vocational exploration initiatives. NetVUE member institutions can request $5,000 to $10,000 for use over an academic year to strengthen their intellectual and theological foundations for vocational exploration initiatives. The application deadline for this third of five annual award cycles is April 15, 2016.

  • Vocation Exploration Renewal Grants are intended to refocus and reinvigorate vocational exploration programming at institutions that already have made deep and long-term investments in these initiatives. All NetVUE member institutions that do not have a Program Development Grant at the time of application are eligible to request up to $25,000 to reenergize successful programs. The application deadline for this one-time opportunity is April 15, 2016.
NetVUE members have benefited from several grant initiatives. Since 2011, CIC has awarded 25 Chaplaincy Implementation Grants, 33 Professional Development Awards, and, with this latest round, 108 Program Development Grants—totaling more than $5.8 million to date for all NetVUE grant programs. For more information about these programs, visit NetVUE Grant Programs or contact Michael Cartwright, assistant director of NetVUE, at
Administered by CIC with financial support from Lilly Endowment Inc. and member dues, CIC’s NetVUE initiative fosters the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation among students at independent colleges and universities. As of February 2016, 200 colleges and universities are institutional NetVUE members. NetVUE passed this membership milestone three years ahead of its goal.

November 2015 NetVUE Program Development Grant Awardees

Anderson University (IN)
Aquinas College (MI)
Coker College (SC)
Concordia University Texas (TX)
Cornerstone University (MI)
DePaul University (IL)
DePauw University (IN)
Ferrum College (VA)
Jarvis Christian College (TX)
John Brown University (AR)
King’s College (PA)
Mount Mary University (WI)
North Park University (IL)
Piedmont College (GA)
Rivier University (NH)
Tougaloo College (MS)
University of La Verne (CA)
University of the Ozarks (AR)
University of the Southwest (NM)
Warren Wilson College (NC)