Return to NetVUE Homepage Vocation across the Academy Grants

Colleges and universities that are members of NetVUE are committed to an undergraduate education that integrates undergraduate learning with explorations of meaning and purpose. CIC invites proposals to develop institution-wide undergraduate initiatives that expand the intellectual and theological dimensions of vocational exploration across the liberal arts and applied professional fields.

The purpose of this grant program is to help colleges and universities develop more effective ways to strengthen links between these realms, and to include more faculty members and students in the theological and intellectual exploration of vocation. Proposals may focus on upper-level undergraduates, lower-division study, or both. Proposals that seek to integrate vocational exploration as a continuum from the first year through the senior year are especially encouraged.

This initiative is administered by CIC with generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc.


NetVUE Vocation across the Academy Grants are for project plans that are three years in duration, include up to $25,000 for the first year, and require an institution to raise third-party matching gifts in an equal amount, up to $25,000 by the end of the first year. The matching funds are to support the activities proposed for the second and third years. Upon fulfillment of the matching requirement, an institution will receive $10,000 from CIC, also to be used toward project costs in the second and third years. Thus, the entire funding from CIC and third-party sources for a three-year project may be up to $60,000 for the three-year period of the grant. The three-year project is intended to conclude with the institution’s ability to sustain a level of NetVUE activity that is larger and more pervasive than the level that had been in operation at the beginning of the grant period. Plans for sustaining the project at an appropriate level for a fourth year entirely with institutional funds also should be included with the proposal.

Examples of allowable expenses include (a) faculty or staff released time for mini-grants to design new courses, (b) special workshops or retreats for faculty members, career advising or student life staff, or chaplains to gain deeper understanding of what each group of college personnel can do to coordinate vocational exploration efforts, (c) purchase of reading materials and other resources for use during the grant period, (d) funds for expenses of student events led by faculty members or other campus leaders who would work closely together, including reading materials and refreshments for these events. Funds may be used for a range of purposes, but not to substitute for faculty and staff costs that the institution is presently providing for its vocational exploration activities. Capital expenditures, major equipment purchases, and indirect or overhead costs are not eligible for grant support.

In June 2018, Vocation across the Academy Grants were given to the following NetVUE members: Ashland University, Belmont University (TN), Bluffton University, Butler University, College of the Holy Cross (MA), Dominican University (IL), Dordt College, Georgetown College (KY), Grand View University, Hiram College, Lewis University (IL), Luther College, Marian University (IN), McDaniel College, Millsaps College, Northwest Christian University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Saint Joseph's College of Maine, St. Andrews University, Trinity Christian College (IL), and University of Dayton.

Application Information

Grants will be awarded based on proposals that explain (a) the purpose and goals of the proposed activities and their relationship to the ongoing vocational exploration program of the institution, (b) the extent of institutional support for vocational exploration efforts to date, (c) the proposed enhancements to the program, and (d) the ways in which the NetVUE-supported program would be sustained by the institution for at least one year after the grant period. During the first year of the grant period, institutions would be expected to raise the required third-party funds up to $25,000, which would then allow the release of the second installment of up to $10,000 for use toward costs of project activities in the second and third years.

Applications for the first round were due by April 6, 2018.


All NetVUE member institutions that will have concluded any previous NetVUE grant funding one year prior to inaugurating this new initiative are eligible to apply for funding.

This is the first round of proposals. A second cycle in this program is anticipated with an application deadline of April 5, 2019.

The April 6, 2018 application deadline will result in decisions that are communicated by May 31, 2018. First-year grant funds for those with approved proposals will be released by July 1, 2018. A NetVUE member may receive only one NetVUE grant during the same grant period.

Contact Information

Questions about this initiative can be addressed to Lynn Hunnicutt, assistant director of NetVUE, at or (253) 535-7644, or David Cunningham, director of NetVUE, at or (616) 395-6750.