Employee Emergency Assistance Fund

The University of Minnesota Employee Emergency Assistance Fund has been established to assist and support staff who are experiencing an unforeseen, temporary hardship, such as those related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. For some employees, the hardships of COVID-19 have been intensified by civil unrest during 2020, which have impacted housing and ability to secure basic food and supplies. 

The fund provides limited, short-term financial assistance for employees who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses. 

This fund is available to full-time and part-time faculty and staff.  Student workers and student employees are not eligible. To view financial assistance information for students, please visit the Student Emergency Relief Fund.

For those selected, the limit is $500 per employee per year.


To be eligible, you must:

  • Be an active full or part-time University of Minnesota employee (not students or temp/casual employees) on the Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester, or Twin Cities campus or Extension. 

  • Able to demonstrate a temporary financial hardship due to COVID-19, understanding that such hardship may also have been affected by the negative environmental effects of civil unrest. 

  • Complete all application questions in full including how the emergency grant funds will be spent. 

To Apply

  • The application will be available starting in mid-January of 2021.

  • Information provided by grant applicants will be treated as confidential and shared only with individuals directly involved in grant administration, processing, and tax reporting.

  • If you have questions about the application, email ohr@umn.edu, or call 612-624-8647, or 800-756-2363. 

  • Note: Fund availability is subject to donations; due to limited available funds, not all requests can be approved, even when a clear need for assistance is present.


Donate to the Fund

To contribute to the fund, visit the U of M Employee Emergency Assistance Fund. Donating online is fast and easy and will have a direct impact on our University community. Contributions are generally tax-deductible, subject to your personal tax and financial situation.

Funding for the Employee Emergency Assistance Fund is provided through the generosity of the faculty and staff of the University of Minnesota through the Foundation.