FUNDING & GRANTS 

The RCN Foundation Education Grants 

RCN Foundation Education Grants Spring Applications Open! 
 
The RCN Foundation has opened its spring round of education and career development grants. These grants aim to support those involved in nursing and midwifery to develop their careers and improve the care they give to patients. Grants can be used to undertake Undergraduate degrees, Postgraduate qualifications and professional training. 
 
The RCN Foundation is an independent charity, and nursing and midwifery staff do not have to be an RCN member to receive their support. The education grants are for up to £5,000 and open to nurses, nursing associates, midwives and health care support workers who will begin their studies between 1st September 2021 - 1st September 2022. Applications close on 31st May 2021. 
 
The RCN Foundation Education Grants are available online. 
Please contact grants@rcnfoundation.org.uk for further information. 
Education

Calling for Primary & Community Care Organisation’s Applications! 

Fully Funded Clinical and Non-Clinical Training via the Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Route 

Apprenticeships are a key way for people to learn on the job, both for new starters to the NHS and for existing members of staff, allowing learners the opportunity to gain a qualification and apply their learning while continuing to earn a salary. 
 
Large organisations in England pay the Apprenticeship Levy and can then use this to fund training for new and existing staff. There is also provision for them to give other organisations access to their funds, via a transfer. 
 
All primary and community care employing organisations can take advantage of this offer, irrespective of their size. 
1. What Apprenticeship training can be paid by the Apprenticeship Levy transfer? 
We suggest employing organisations use the Healthcare Apprenticeship Standards Online (HASO) here to see what Apprenticeship standard training can be paid for by the Apprenticeship Levy transfer fund - It is a quick and simple search! 
2. Do the funds cover all the Apprenticeship training? 
The funds pay for 100% of the training costs for both clinical and non-clinical roles. 
3. How can employers apply for an Apprenticeship Levy transfer? 
Employers and not employees can complete an Apprenticeship Levy transfer request form. The form can be downloaded from the Nottinghamshire Alliance Training Hub (NATH) website here. 
 
This application form will be considered by a representative group by using an approval criterion. The employing organisation will be informed if their application has been approved, or not approved with the reason. It typically takes 30 days to process your application. 
All applications should be emailed to alliance.hub1@nhs.net 
4. Once the application is approved, do organisations need to do anything else? 
Employing organisations will need to set up an account on the Apprenticeship Service here. This is straightforward to do, and you can be supported to do this once your application is approved esfagovuk - YouTube has lots of useful how-to videos. 
5. More questions? 
Please email alliance.hub1@nhs.net in the first instance. 
Incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice: 
Employers will receive £3,000 for new employees of any age who start their apprenticeship from 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021. 
You can apply for incentive payments for these apprentices from 1 June 2021. 

Physician Associate Graduate Preceptorship Support Funding 

Health Education England are offering £5000 grant to support physician associates during their preceptorship year in primary care. In order to apply for funding, employers should submit their plans for preceptorship to NATH. If you require more information please contact us alliance.hub1@nhs.net. 
 
 
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Funded Programmes for Nursing Workforce 

Do you have a vacancy for a practice nurse(s)? Will your existing practice nurse be retiring soon? 
 
NATH want to work with practices to help build the nursing workforce in Primary Care. Did you know that newly qualified nurses can work in primary care when they leave university? We have funded programmes set up to help! 
 
There is "Your Future Nurse" infographic from NHS Employers providing updated routes into nursing with information about: Entry requirements, funding support, new blended learning degree, etc. 
 
Get in touch to find out more alliance.hub1@nhs.net 

Educational Grants for Nurses in Care Homes 

The Queen's Nursing institute (Qni) support nurses who are in need of financial assistance to further their education. 
 
Criteria: 
Qni only fund accredited courses and modules in community nursing 
 
They only fund accredited courses and modules in community nursing 
Courses must demonstrate a clear clinical benefit to patients 
Applicants can only receive a QNI educational grant once 
Grants are available for course fees and books 
Travel costs to attend educational courses are not normally funded 
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Applications are considered on a discretionary basis and assessed individually 
Successful applicants will be asked to provide feedback following completion of the programme. 
 
Please ensure you complete the form fully and upload scans or photos of all relevant documents required: 
Complete full application form 
Upload manager’s support letter 
Upload full details and evidence of course – including course fee and letter confirming place on course. 
State amount of funding sought from The QNI up to £1000 (in £) 

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