If you have a Membership Category that requires renewal, it will have a ‘Grace Period’.
This article will explain what a Membership Grace Period is, who it applies to, and what happens once it ends.
What is a Grace Period?
A ‘Grace Period’ is the stretch of days past a Membership Category’s Renewal Date during which its non-renewed Contacts are still treated like Active Members.
In other words, the Grace Period allows Contacts to renew late without losing their Membership.
What happens during the Grace Period?
Memberships are technically Lapsed during the Grace Period, but the Contact maintains all the access they had as an Active Member. They can still login to the Member Portal, register for Events, and enjoy any other privileges that came with their Active Membership, until the Grace Period runs out.
Contacts within the Grace Period are free to renew their Membership with no penalties.
What happens after the Grace Period?
If a Member fails to renew before their Grace Period ends, their Membership will become Archived. All associated privileges will be lost: the access rights of this Contacts will mirror your Non-Member access rights.
Archived Memberships cannot be renewed without Administrator intervention. If your membership settings have the ‘Re-Apply for Membership?’ toggle turned on, then Contacts can submit an entirely new Application to become Active. Read this Knowledge Base article to learn more about that toggle.
Congratulations, you now know what a Membership Grace period is, and how to make it work for you!