Nursing Education Investment Grants

Nursing Education Investment Grants Program

The Foundation for California Community Colleges awards Nursing Education Investment Grants to support projects that facilitate, coordinate with, or complement efforts to educate and train nurses through California community colleges.

2023 Grant Program

The Nursing Education Investment Grants Program is designed to benefit nursing education through California community colleges. The Foundation for California Community Colleges (FoundationCCC) administers the grant funding with funds provided through the Nursing Education Investment Fund. The grants program is designed to benefit nursing education within the California Community College (CCC) system. 

For 2023, we anticipate awarding three or more grants that total up to $522,000. 

Eligible applicants must submit an application by April 3, 2023, through our online portal Submittable. Only one proposal per applicant may be submitted.

Below are materials for the 2023 grant program:

  • Application Guidelines - Be sure to read these carefully as you develop your application.
  • FAQs - Use this document to answer any questions you may have about eligibility, award information, and more. 
  • Application Template - Use this document to help develop your proposal before copying and pasting your responses in Submittable.
  • Budget Template - Use this document to provide details of your program’s expenses for your proposed project. You will need to upload a completed budget as part of your application in Submittable.
  • Work Plan Template - Use this document to complete a work plan for your proposed project. You will need to upload a completed work plan as part of your application in Submittable.
  • Review Template - This document provides applicants with additional information about how proposals will be reviewed, evaluated, and scored.

FoundationCCC hosted a webinar for prospective applicants on February 15, 2023. See below for the webinar and slide deck.

Current and Past Grantees

Projects are noted for their distinct impact and alignment with the California Community Colleges’ Vision for Success. Current and past grantees include:

  • Cabrillo College - Racial Diversity in Simulation: An Opportunity to Enhance Nursing Curriculum will develop an action plan designed to reduce bias in simulated learning environments and enhance racial diversification in nursing education. The project encompasses three key objectives: (1) Manikins and task trainers which reflect diverse individuals, (2) Faculty development to explore issues of racial injustice and incorporate them into simulation curriculum, and (3) Increased and improved use of simulation with targeted learning objectives to eliminate racial discrimination in healthcare. Awarded in 2022.
  • Cerro Coso Community College - Phase 2: Addressing Critical Need with Development of Associate Degree in Nursing (RN) Program will provide dedicated release time for faculty to complete the self-study report as part of the approval process with the Board of Registered Nursing. The project would also support the development of high school student pipelines in underserved communities by promoting enrollment and providing required course materials. Awarded in 2022.
  • Foundation for California Community Colleges - Student Ready Mobile App will develop and pilot a student-centered mobile app to simplify nursing student onboarding for clinical rotations. Centralized Clinical Placement System (CCPS) is a web-based application that streamlines clinical placements and compliance tracking. CCPS’s Student Ready offering allows students to view and upload requirements for each clinical environment. A mobile app will help students who rely on smartphones equitably access clinical rotations, a critical need to diversify the workforce. Awarded in 2022.
  • Mt. San Antonio College - Faculty and Nursing Leadership Professional Development in Diversity, Equity, and inclusion (DEI), and DEI Committee Establishment in the Nursing Department will implement faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) development leading to well-prepared and diverse nursing faculty. This will prepare faculty to develop a DEI Committee for continuous and ongoing improvement of equity outcomes in the nursing department. An adequate supply of highly-qualified, diverse nurse educators is critical to achieving successful educational outcomes in preparing competent nurses to address, organize, and guide DEI efforts in health care. Awarded in 2022.
  • Cerro Coso Community College - Addressing Critical Need with Development of Associate Degree in Nursing (RN) Program will provide funds for an expert consultant to produce a feasibility study that conforms to the requirements specified by the Board of Registered Nursing in order to develop an Associate Degree of Nursing (RN) program to support the critical need for nurses in the region. Awarded in 2021.
  • Hartnell College Foundation - Transforming Nursing Education to Produce an Equitable Workforce Using a Racial Equity Lens for the Salinas Valley will advance efforts to address systemic racism in curricula through the lens of social determinants of health (SDH) and education (SDE) relevant to students, their families, community, and faculty, and tackle an SDE by resuming negotiations for an affordable Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) pathway to California State University, Monterey Bay. Awarded in 2021.
  • Riverside Community College District, on behalf of Riverside City College - A Path for All: Expansion and Diversification of the Successful RCC-CSU ADN-BSN Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) will expand existing ADN to BSN CEP pathway options and add an affordable, accelerated pathway to a master's degree in nursing with a focus on targeted outreach and support care services designed to attract, recruit, and retain underrepresented minority students. Awarded in 2021.
  • Los Rios Community College District - Collaborative Education: ADN to MSN for Students with a Non-nursing Bachelor’s Degree Program will create a pathway for Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) students with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree to transition into the Master of Sciences in Nursing (MSN) program at California State University, Sacramento. The project is a collaborative effort led by Sacramento City College and includes Sierra College, American River College, and Yuba College. Awarded in 2020.
  • College of the Redwoods - Del Norte LVN/Paramedic-RN Bridge Expansion: College of the Redwoods expanded a registered nursing pathway into a rural region that has critical nursing shortages. Awarded in 2019.
  • Riverside City College - Concurrent Enrollment Program Implementation implemented and promoted scaling of a concurrent enrollment program that enables nursing students at community colleges to simultaneously progress toward bachelor of science degrees in nursing from California State Universities. Awarded in 2019.
  • Centralized Clinical Placement System - Enhancements to this online technology tool for scheduling clinical placements aimed to increase healthcare education capacity by maximizing placement opportunities while improving the user experience for both clinical providers and nursing students. Awarded in 2017.

Reporting Information for Current Grantees

All grantees are required to submit progress reports as part of their grant agreement with the Foundation for California Community Colleges.

Grantees who were awarded in 2022 and future years will submit reports via the online platform Submittable. FoundationCCC will provide grantees with instructions and additional information about this reporting process at least one month prior to the reporting deadlines.

For grantees who were awarded funds prior to 2021, the necessary report templates are provided below. Reports are due by email to on or before the reporting deadlines listed in each grantee’s agreement.

Any questions about the templates or reporting process can be directed to

Contact Us

Jodi Samuels, PhD
Senior Director of Strategic Support for Colleges and Scholars
T: 916.325.1855

Grant Funding

Grant funding is provided by the Nursing Education Investment Fund established in 2005 through an agreement between the Foundation for California Community Colleges, WellPoint, Inc., and the Insurance Commissioner for the State of California, and is designed to benefit nursing education within the California Community College system. The Foundation for California Community Colleges maintains the fund and administers grantmaking.

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