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.

2021 Grant Program Updates and Application Guidelines

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. 

These are unprecedented times for the nursing education field, our health care systems, and the economy. As we all face challenges presented by COVID-19, students pursuing a career in nursing need support and appreciation now more than ever. We are responding to this need, as we continue, adapt, and accelerate our efforts to advance the education and training of nurses and other health care workers.

In the 2020 Nursing Education Investment Grants Program cycle, one grant was awarded and the remaining funds provided emergency financial support to California Community College nursing students with significant need. Financial support of $350-$500 was distributed to over 800 students through community college nursing programs statewide, as part of FoundationCCC’s First Response Healthcare Student Support Fund (First Response Fund). 

For the 2021 grants cycle, FoundationCCC has updated the Application Guidelines to meet the moment of emerging conditions and priorities of the field. We anticipate awarding one to three grants that total up to $495,000. Applications were due on Friday, April 2, 2021 and are no longer being accepted for the 2021 grants cycle.

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:

  • 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 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 on or before the reporting deadlines listed in each grantee’s agreement.

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

Contact Us

Barbara Webster-Hawkins
Executive Director, Resource Development
T: 916.325.0117

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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