Nursing Education Investment Grants

Nursing Education Investment Grants

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.

2020 Application Guidelines

Funding Opportunity
The Foundation for California Community Colleges intends to award 2020 Nursing Education Investment Grants to support projects that facilitate, coordinate with, or complement efforts to educate and train nurses through California community colleges. Up to $450,000 in total funds will be awarded in one or more grants. A Letter of Intent (LOI) must be submitted by November 15, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Based on evaluation of LOIs, select applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.   

Background
The Nursing Education Investment Fund was 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. Recent grants have been awarded to scale seamless transfer programs from associate degree to bachelor’s degree in nursing; replicate successful career pathways; and enhance a clinical placement technology tool that connects nursing educators and students to clinical providers and placements. 

Criteria
Proposed projects must align with the grant program’s purpose to facilitate, coordinate with, or complement efforts to educate and train nurses through California community colleges. Additionally, proposed projects must address at least one of the following priorities:

  1. Promote academic progression for registered nurses to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or higher degree;
  2. Create educational and career pathways through new, enhanced, replicated, or expanded programs;
  3. Provide academic, clinical, and/or other work-based learning opportunities that ensure nurses are well-prepared to assume evolving and expanded roles in changing practice environments;
  4. Increase the supply of nurses in specific regions of California with documented shortages of nurses; and
  5. Implement strategies that lead to well-prepared and diverse nursing faculty and program directors.

These priorities reflect existing needs within the nursing field. These priorities are based on recommendations provided in HealthImpact’s 2016 Nursing Education Plan White Paper and Recommendations for California, and have been adapted to support nursing education in the community college context.

The most competitive projects will also:

  • Clearly demonstrate capacity for successful project implementation;
  • Incorporate or build collaborative partnerships, including academic-practice partnerships, as appropriate to the project’s design;
  • Leverage additional funding or other resources; and/or
  • Offer scalable solutions or potential to be replicated in other places.

Eligibility
To be eligible for funding, applicants must be a public governmental entity or have valid tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Organizations or projects with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor are eligible for funding.  

Award Information

  • Up to $450,000 in total funds will be awarded in one or more grants. Applicants are advised to request an amount that makes sense for their project’s scope of work.
  • The grant term is expected to begin July 2020 for a duration of up to 24 months. 
  • Types of projects considered for funding include, but are not limited to, planning, implementation, capacity-building, systems change, policy and advocacy, communication strategies, partnership development, and/or outreach and education.
  • Allowable costs include project-related staff time, meetings, travel, materials, equipment, and subcontractors. Funding should be used to augment but not replace existing financial resources. Indirect costs are allowable up to a maximum of 15% of direct costs. 
  • The funder may award part or all of a proposed project and budget. If awarded partial funding, the applicant will be notified in advance of an award to ensure project viability at the reduced level.

Applicant Webinar
A pre-recorded applicant webinar with additional information about this funding opportunity is available below and slides can be downloaded here.

LOI Phase

Applicants must submit an LOI by November 15, 2019, 11:59 p.m. through the online portal accessed here. Emailed and hard copy LOIs will not be accepted. The following documents provide additional guidance and support for preparing an LOI:

All LOI applicants will be notified in late December 2019 whether they are invited to submit a full proposal.

Proposal Phase
For those selected to move to the next phase, proposals must be submitted by February 14, 2020, through the online portal. Award announcements are expected in April 2020.

Expected Timeline

Fund opportunity announcement

October 1, 2019 

Applicant webinar

October 30, 2019

Deadline to submit questions

November 6, 2019 

Answers posted to website

November 8, 2019 

LOI deadline

November 15, 2019 11:59 p.m.

Invitations for full proposals

December 2019 

Proposal deadline

February 14, 2020 11:59 p.m.

Approximate award announcement

April 2020 

Approximate date funds available

July 2020 

Questions and Answers
Do you have questions about this funding opportunity? Submit questions here, or email questions to grants@foundationccc.org until November 6, 2019 (reference “2020 Nursing Education Investment Grants” in the subject line). Responses to all questions will be posted to the Nursing Education Investment Grants website regularly until November 8, 2019. 

Do you have technical questions about Reviewr, the online portal? Please contact support@reviewr.com or call 402.261.5802. 

Current and Past Grantees

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

  • College of the Redwoods - Del Norte LVN/Paramedic-RN Bridge Expansion: College of the Redwoods will expand a registered nursing pathway into a rural region that has critical nursing shortages. Awarded in 2019.
  • Riverside City College - Concurrent Enrollment Program Implementation: Riverside City College will implement and promote 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 will 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. Report templates are provided below. Reports are due by email to grants@foundationccc.org on or before the reporting deadlines listed in each grantee’s agreement.

Any questions about the templates or reporting process can be directed to grants@foundationccc.org or by phone to the representative listed in the grant agreement. 

Contact Us

Barbara Webster-Hawkins
Executive Director, Resource Development
T: 916.325.0117
E: bwebster-hawkins@foundationccc.org

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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