Grant Opportunities for Initial CACREP Accreditation

NBCC is offering a unique grant program for regionally accredited institutions seeking first-time accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) for master’s-level counseling programs of 48 or more semester hours in addictions counseling; career counseling; clinical mental health counseling; marriage, couples and family counseling; school counseling; and student affairs/college counseling. Institutions with tracks currently approved by CACREP are not eligible at this time.

Grant Phases

Funds will be awarded to university programs in three phases: $2,500 for the preapplication phase, $2,500 for the application phase and $4,000 for the site visit phase. These phases coincide with the seven steps of the CACREP accreditation process. You can submit an initial application for this grant during the first two phases. Once your program has successfully completed one phase, it will be eligible for funds for the next phase(s). Specific details are included in the grant application.

2017–2018 Application Period

NBCC is currently providing financial support to 15 counseling programs as they seek initial CACREP accreditation. No new grant awards will be made this year. Please check back in early 2018 for information on the 2018–2019 application opportunity.

Questions About the Grant

If you have questions about the process, your program’s eligibility or the materials you need to submit, please e-mail

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