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The RCN Foundation supports nursing-led projects that aim to improve the health and wellbeing of the public.

The RCN Foundation project grants scheme makes an impact on the lives and careers of the nursing community and on the general public by addressing public and community health issues. Here are some examples of our funded projects.

IMPACT Foundation graduates with Cis

From students to qualified nurses - how the RCN Foundation supported nursing in Bangladesh

In 2020, the RCN Foundation awarded a grant to the IMPACT Foundation to fund seven student nurses to undertake a three-year nursing course in Bangladesh.

A nurse and a care home guest smile together

Care homes

Take a look at the care home projects that we funded

A nurse in PPE tends to a patient

COVID-19 responses

Take a look at our response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the projects we have funded

Image Library project funded

Library and Heritage Centre

The Foundation funded the redevelopment of the RCN Library and Heritage centre in 2012 for the benefit of the nursing community and the general public.

Credit: Three witches with a cat, a dog and a bird. Engraving, ca. 1800, after a woodcut, 1619.  Wellcome Collection.

Witches' stories

Read more about folk healers and midwives accused of witchcraft in Scotland 1563-1736.

nurse holding hands of elderly person

End of life film and resources

An RCN Foundation £3,000 grant to the Royal College of Nursing paid for a film and an educational resource about lessons learnt from Josh and his adoptive family’s story

nurse handing in pen to patient

Community nursing in Scotland

Our £20,000 grant funded an online resource which documented the working lives of the Queen’s Nurses from across Scotland.

nurse with folder

Social Care Nurses guide to Revalidation

The RCN Foundation was delighted to fund FoNS to develop a video animation  ‘a practical guide to revalidation for nurses working in social care’. 

open book library

Nursing through time: school resource

In 2015, the RCN Foundation funded £30,000 to the RCN to produce a printed educational resource called ‘Nursing through time’ aimed at Key Stage 3 students (11-14yrs). This resource was also publised online and is free for schools to download.

elderly asian woman in hospital bed

RCN Dementia Project

The RCN Foundation awarded the RCN a grant to develop resources, including webpages, booklets and a DVD supporting the development of dementia care guidelines.


The Our Time Foundation Programme

The RCN Foundation funded a grant of £16,000 towards the Who Cares? programme that encourages schools to better support children in families in which a parent has a mental illness.

nurse male checking up

Paediatric Oncology in Developing Countries

A grant was awarded to support participants from across the developing world to attend an educational summit in London in October 2012