The University’s Dependent Care Support Grant Program assists instructors of record who incur additional costs directly related to caring for dependents due to the coronavirus pandemic. All instructors of record, as confirmed by the Office of the University Registrar, who are teaching during the Winter and Spring Quarters may apply for a grant to defray reasonable and necessary out-of-pocket dependent care expenses incurred during the time they are teaching or holding office hours. Instructors may apply for a grant in both the winter and spring if they are teaching both quarters. The dependent care expenses covered by a grant received under this program must not be paid for or reimbursed by any other source.
 
For purposes of this program, dependents are defined as children, parents, or spouses who are not self-sufficient and for whom the instructor is the primary caregiver. These grants will be made through the payroll system but will not be treated as taxable income. Reimbursement will be received as part of the next monthly payroll or as soon thereafter as practicable.
 
This grant program is available until the allocated funds are disbursed or the program is concluded at the University’s discretion no later than June 3, 2022. Instructors are welcome to apply for a grant after costs are incurred. Possible scenarios may include:  
  • An instructor or dependent being required to quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure or school closure.

  • A regular caregiver needing to quarantine and an instructor needing to hire an additional caregiver.

 
The University has a limited pool of funds to support this grant program and will allocate funds in the first instance to instructors of record:
  • Who are single parents of a dependent who is not self-sufficient,

  • Who are the primary caregivers of a parent or spouse who is not self-sufficient, and/or

  • Whose household income makes the costs associated with teaching class as described above during Winter and Spring Quarters a hardship for their family. 

 
To request a grant, please complete the application form. If you have any questions, contact Liv Leader at lleader@uchicago.edu.
 
NOTE: This grant program supports care for dependents as defined above during the time the instructor of record is in class or holding office hours. It does not cover dependent care costs associated with preparing for class, grading and evaluating students’ work, responding to students’ questions or interacting with students outside of class, or mentoring/advising students, nor does it cover taxes or benefits associated with dependent care costs or tutoring for students. It covers dependent care costs during class time and during office hours.