Are you an organisation looking to fund a nursing-led project?

Our grants are here to help invest in the nursing profession and improve patient care.

Whether you’re a higher education institution trust or registered charity, our research and practice grants will help you fund nursing-led projects that improve patient care.

Every single day, nursing professionals around the UK help to care for people when they are at their most vulnerable. That care improves the UK's health and wellbeing and deserves investment.

RCN Foundation have helped us greatly. Their grant of £26,000 paid for an animation for nurses working in care homes to help them to revalidate their registration with the Nursing Midwifery Council. The Foundation has also helped promote the work we do, spreading learning.”  - Theresa Shaw, Chief Executive, Foundation of Nursing Studies

Why should your organisation apply?

Develop nursing team expertise – with our budget. Nursing makes a difference in some of our darkest hours. Yet, with tight budgets, it can be hard for organisations to find the resources they need to invest in their work. Show you care for those who care for us day in, day out, by helping develop nursing team skills.
Lead innovation. Working directly with patients, nursing team members have the answers to many health and social care problems. They need the resources – including time, money and support – to share best practice.
Champion nursing. Nursing is one of the most important and trusted professions in the UK. Yet, the profession can struggle to clearly convey the contribution it makes to improving the nation’s health and wellbeing. It also struggles to attract enough people to consider nursing as a career.  Your project can help to address these challenges so that nursing team members feel motivated and supported in their roles improving care for patients

What funding is available

Do you have a project that supports nursing and improves care?

If so, your organisation could quality for our funding. We fund projects in two main areas outlined below. If your project doesn’t fit these, it’s worth keeping an eye on our specific project calls which we announce here.

1. Projects that invest in the nursing profession
As health and social care become more integrated, nurses have to find more innovative ways to make sure they deliver joined up, effective patient care. At the same time, more people are living longer, many with long-term conditions, including learning disabilities, and mental health problems.
This is why our current key priorities for organisational grants are:
• Children and young people’s mental health
• Learning disability nursing
• Nursing-led innovation
2. Projects that champion nursing teams
Most patients know nursing team members are there to help them, but they may not fully understand the jobs they do. Raising the profile of nursing will help more people understand its contribution to improving the nation’s health. It’s why we fund projects that:
• Demonstrate how they increase the public profile of nursing

What organisations can apply for a grant?

Organisations need to be UK-based and could be:
• Registered charities
• Health care organisations
• Higher education institutions
• NHS trusts

How to apply

For further information on current funding calls, please click here.

For speculative applications, there’s an open online application process. Please email for an application form. 

Ensure your your project meets the above priorities – it invests in the nursing profession and/or champions nursing teams. If it doesn’t, unfortunately, we can’t consider your application.
Any questions? Please read our research grants FAQ section to see if yours is covered there. If not, email your question to

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Funded projects & success stories

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Simply answer this short quiz to find out if your organisation can apply for funding. Does your organisation fall into one of the following categories?

  • Registered charities
  • Health care organisations
  • Higher education institutions
  • NHS trusts

If no unfortunately, you aren’t eligible to apply for a grant.
Does the work you are requesting funding for fall within any of the following activities?

  • General and round-robin appeals
  • Individuals, including student grants or bursaries
  • Non-specialist equipment
  • Projects or services that the government has a statutory responsibility to provide

If yes unfortunately, you aren’t eligible to apply for a grant.
Congratulations you meet all the criteia to apply for the Organisation grant. Click on the "Apply No" link below to begin you application.