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Staff Emergency Fund


The Staff Emergency Fund exists to provide financial support to UC Merced staff members experiencing unforeseen challenges or hardships. We invite staff to give towards this effort to help support fellow staff members in immediate need. Staff Assembly will coordinate at least one fundraising event annually and collaborate with other campus partners to fundraise at least $1,000 each year. Gifts of any size – big or small – collectively make an incredible impact on our ability to serve others.

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Applications will be accepted in January 2022 (Depends on fundraising)

The Staff Emergency Fund program is intended to help staff members cope with unforeseen challenges and hardships by providing qualifying individuals with financial assistance in the form of gas or Target store gift cards. The maximum amount of assistance is limited to a value of up to $75 per employee, per calendar year (Jan 1 to Dec 31).

Please note that this program is intended to help those in extraordinary circumstances and not as an augmentation to regular salary. Direct cash assistance is not provided through this program.

Eligibility Requirement

Any UC Merced staff employee in the following appointment types are eligible to request assistance:

  1. Career non-represented staff
  2. Contract non-represented staff
  3. Career represented staff
  4. Partial Year Career represented staff
  5. Limited non-represented staff 

The following appointment types are not eligible to participate:

  1. Undergrad and Grad student employees
  2. Academic employees

The staff member must have completed the probationary period. The application submission is mandatory. A valid employee identification number is required.


Staff members applying for assistance from Staff Assembly and the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (OEDI) must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a UC Merced career appointment staff member who has completed the probationary period.
  • Must provide a valid employee identification number.
  • Must complete the entire application.
  • Funding will depend on the budget.

While all requests will be given due consideration, priority may be given to applicants who have not previously received assistance.