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Creighton United in Relief and Assistance (CURA) Employee Fund

created to support faculty and staff

The Jesuit value cura personalis calls us to respect each person as a child of God and to treat all of God’s creations with dignity. Creighton’s concern is for the mental, physical and spiritual health of its entire community, especially during these challenging times presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. In alignment with cura personalis, the Creighton United in Relief and Assistance (CURA) Employee Fund has been created to support faculty and staff experiencing immediate or severe financial struggles due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Employees experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 may request a one-time distribution of funds.


  1. Applicants must complete a Creighton United in Relief and Assistance (CURA) Employee Fund Request Form. You may also download a version of the request form.  The pdf version can be submitted via email to the Senior Director of Human Resources at
  2. The application will be shared anonymously (the requesting employee’s name will be removed) and confidentially with the committee overseeing distribution of funds.
  3. If approved, the employee will be notified and payment will be made directly to the employee through the Business Service Center.



  • This fund is supported solely through voluntary donations. All faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other friends of Creighton may donate and are encouraged to do so to lift up our colleagues experiencing hardship due to the pandemic. Donations may be made one-time or on an ongoing basis. Donate to the Cura Fund
  • Donated funds may not be designated to a employee, division, school or college.
  • Donations are tax deductible.


  • All full and part-time staff and faculty working a minimum of 20 hours per week with at least 6 months of service to Creighton University, and who have not previously been awarded assistance through this fund, are eligible to apply for assistance.
  • The purpose of the fund is to alleviate some of the financial burden incurred from the pandemic.
  • Employees must provide supporting documentation of financial hardship (copies of bills, statements, etc.). This information can be submitted as a pdf attachment through the online application, or documentation may be sent to


  • Each application will be examined on a case-by-case basis. Under unique circumstances, a second application may be submitted, but priority will be given to first time applicants.
  • The committee considering applications consists of the senior director of Human Resources (or other HR designee), the chair of the Benefits Committee, and a representative from the Division of Mission and Ministry.
  • All applications are confidential and will be shared only with individuals directly involved in award administration and processing.


  • Upon discussion and agreement with the applicant, payment will be made directly to the employee through the Business Service Center.
  • Awards do not require repayment by the applicant.