Nursing Education Investment Grants

Nursing Education Investment Grants

The Foundation for California Community Colleges is awarding 2019 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 grant funds will be awarded. We hope to award several grants. Applicants are advised to request an amount that makes sense for the project’s scope of work. The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent for the 2019 Nursing Education Investment Grants has passed. The deadline to submit a proposal for applicants who have been invited is April 5, 2019.

An applicant webinar was held on January 16, 2019. Video can be reviewed below and slides can be downloaded here.

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Based on recommendations provided in HealthImpact’s 2016 Nursing Education Plan White Paper and Recommendations for California, adapted to support nursing education in the community college context, projects must address one or more of the following priorities:

  1. Build strong academic-practice partnerships along the continuum of care;
  2. Promote academic progression for all registered nurses to obtain a BSN or higher degree;
  3. Create educational and career pathways, develop programs, and provide resources to ensure well-prepared, diverse nurses and nursing faculty;
  4. Establish work-based learning for current or future students or transition-to-practice programs for new graduates; 
  5. Provide transformative learning opportunities that prepare nurses for evolving roles in rapidly changing practice environments;
  6. Increase the supply of nurses in specific regions of California with documented shortages; 
  7. Entice new and more diverse faculty to CCC nursing programs.

The most competitive projects will also:

  • Incorporate collaborative partnerships;
  • Leverage additional funding or resources; 
  • Offer scalable solutions with the potential to be replicated across systems or regions; and/or
  • Include innovative strategies. (Innovation involves introducing new methods, ideas, or products to make changes, bringing together resources not commonly shared, or engaging stakeholders not usually involved.)


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

  • The grant term is expected to begin July 2019 for a duration of up to 24 months. 
  • Projects considered for funding may include, but need not be limited to, activities such as 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 to ensure project viability at the reduced level.

Application Guidelines

The following documents provide guidelines for this funding opportunity and the proposal submission:

The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent for the 2019 Nursing Education Investment Grants has passed. The deadline to submit a proposal for applicants who have been invited is April 5, 2019.


 Funding Announcement

 December 3, 2018

 Applicant Webinar

 January 16, 2019 

 Deadline to Submit Questions

 January 24, 2019

 Answers Posted to Website

 February 1, 2019

 LOI Deadline

 February 8, 2019

 Invitations for Full Proposals

 March 4 - 10, 2019

 Deadline to Submit Questions 

 April 3, 2019 

 Proposal Deadline

 April 5, 2019

 Approximate Award Announcement

 May 31, 2019

 Approximate Date Funds Available

 July 1, 2019 

Application Questions

Potential applicants have until April 3, 2019, to submit questions about this funding opportunity here. You may also email questions to (reference "2019 Nursing Education Investment Grants" in the subject line).

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, 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 of California Community Colleges maintains the fund and administers grantmaking.

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