RCN Foundation offer two types of education grants: professional development and student grants.

Whether you are established in your nursing career or just starting out, RCN Foundation offers a range of education grants for nurses, midwives, nursing support workers, and those aspiring towards a career in nursing. Be sure to confirm your eligibility before applying, and read our FAQ page. You can apply for most grants here on the RCN Foundation website. 

Professional Development Grants 

Are you a current or former nurse, midwife, nursing support worker, student or nursing associate looking to develop your practice? 

Our grants can support your educational and professional development so that you can have a longer-lasting impact.

As a member of the nursing team, you know that patients rely on you to help them understand what they are going through.

Doing some extra training can help you to support patients and increase their trust in you and your skills. Of course, it takes investment to do this and the RCN Foundation can help – because you deserve to be supported too. You can apply for five types of RCN Foundation Professional Development Grants:

Student Grants

How to Apply

First, please read our hints and tips page to ensure all of your questions are answered.  If not, email your question to grants@rcnfoundation.org.uk

Not sure if you meet the criteria for our grants? Take a short quiz here to find out.

Firstly tell us are you looking to apply for the Professional Development grants or Student grants?



Are you a: UK registered nurse or midwife or health care support worker in the UK (directly managed by a registered nurse) or nursing associate?

If no, unfortunately, you aren’t eligible to apply for one of our Professional Development Grants.
Does your course start between 01 September 2019  and 01 September 2020?

If no, unfortunately, you aren’t eligible to apply for one of our Professional Development Grants.
Is your course accredited by a UK higher education body?

If no, unfortunately, you aren’t eligible to apply for one of our Professional Development Grants.
Do you have the required academic and professional references (see supporting guidance for more information)?

Congratulations you meet all the criteria to apply for the Professional Development grant. Click on the "Apply Now" link below to begin you application.
If no, unfortunately, you aren’t eligible to apply for one of our Professional Development Grants.
Do you live in the UK?

If no, unfortunately, you aren’t eligible to apply for one of our Student Grants.
Do you have an undergraduate degree in any subject?

If no, unfortunately, you aren’t eligible to apply for one of our Student Grants.
Did you achieve a 2:1 or above?

If no, unfortunately, you aren’t eligible to apply for one of our Student Grants.
Are you starting a nursing degree or postgraduate diploma course?

If no, unfortunately, you aren’t eligible to apply for one of our Student Grants.
Does your course start between 01 March 2019 and 01 March 2020?

If no, unfortunately, you aren’t eligible to apply for one of our Student Grants.
Do you have at least 500 hours of health care experience from the last five years?

If no, unfortunately, you aren’t eligible to apply for one of our Student Grants.
Do you have the required professional and academic references (see application guidance for more information)?

Congratulation you meet all the criteria to apply for the Into Nursing grant.  Click on the "Apply Now" link below to begin your application. 
If no, unfortunately, you aren’t eligible to apply for one of our Student Grants.