Chaplains Fund

In order to help with coronavirus-related financial stresses being experienced by some members of the Middlebury community, we have loosened and streamlined the application process for Chaplain’s Fund assistance.

  • Benefits-eligible Middlebury employees may apply once without having to complete the income and expense worksheet.
  • The requirement of participating in My Secure Advantage financial coaching is waived for coronavirus-related applications.

Please Note: Grant assistance through the Chaplain’s Fund is considered taxable income and as such will be recorded as imputed employee income to ensure federal, state, Medicare and social security taxation. Also, applicants must have worked at Middlebury for a minimum of one year to be eligible for assistance from the Chaplain’s Fund. 

The Chaplain’s Fund is a benefit available to regular, benefits-eligible part-time and full-time employees. The maximum available grant is $1,200.


To apply for assistance from the Chaplain’s Fund, please fill out the appropriate application form below and contact the Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life at (802) 443-5626 or email Ellen McKay at

The Chaplain’s Fund was recently strengthened by a generous gift from the Class of 2019/2019.5, and by Student Government Association funds that were unspent during Middlebury’s shift to remote education due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Chaplain’s Fund has been in existence since 1992. It exists to issue one-time grants to employees who are facing unforeseen financial emergencies. Funds are issued to the employee’s creditors/vendors, rather than directly to the employee.

My Secure Advantage

In partnership with the EFAP program, E4Health, My Secure Advantage offers free access to a professional, personal, unbiased, and confidential Money Coach and other financial education tools. It is a program that supports financial wellness. To activate your MSA benefit, call (888) 724-2326 between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. PST or 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.


Middlebury’s Employee and Family Assistance Program provides confidential counseling and referral services to reduce stress, including financial stress. To access their comprehensive resources, use the user name Middlebury College and password guest or call (800) 828-6025. Available 24/7.

State Resources

Vermont 2-1-1 is a simple number to dial for information about health and human service organizations in your community. Callers speak with a real person every time for confidential telephone assistance available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Medical Leave Assistance Fund

Employees have the opportunity to save accrued time as Sick Leave Reserve (SLR) in anticipation of the unexpected emergency.

However, catastrophic illness is an event for which we are generally unable to plan. There are times when available Combined Time Off (CTO) and SLR are exhausted before an employee is able to return to work.

At such times, if the employee meets the prerequisites, he/she may apply to the Medical Leave Assistance Fund for up to 160 hours of paid sick leave reserve within a 12-month period. 

Application Prerequisites 

  • The employee must be employed at Middlebury for six months.
  • The employee must be benefits eligible.
  • Prior to application to the fund, the employee must have exhausted his/her CTO and SLR. 
  • During the time away from work, the employee must not be receiving any disability benefits, or other type of Middlebury-related payments. 
  • The employee must have received no warnings or reprimands during the year prior to the request to the Medical Leave Assistance Fund.

COVID-19 Paid Leave Guidance FAQs

Apply for Medical Leave Assistance