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

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. 

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 updated the Application Guidelines to meet the moment of emerging conditions and priorities of the field and awarded three grants totaling $487,634.  We anticipate that the next grant cycle will be announced in late January or early February 2022.

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:

  • 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. 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

Grantees who were awarded in 2021 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.

Contact Us

Jodi Samuels, PhD
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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