Criteria for Awarding Grants

The Nightingale Fund now exists to give financial support for course fees to nurses, midwives and community public health nurses who are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). It also supports nursing associates and health care assistants. It considers applications from those who are undertaking further education to enhance nursing practice and improve patient care.

No personal cheques are issued. Invoices are required from the Institution providing the course.

Each year The Nightingale Fund is able to help around 25 practitioners with their course fees, however, The Fund has limited resources and is unable to award the full cost of a course thus applicants are strongly advised to apply to other sources of funding additionally. The Fund supports post registration education and professional development through diploma and post-graduate degrees, including PhDs, specific modules and short courses, defined as five days or greater. Please note that the fund is unable to support the following courses: return to practice, access to nursing or conversion. For more information about specific grant awarding criteria please see the Grant Application Notes (link below).

The Fund adheres to a strict non-discriminatory policy and the amount awarded is considered by the Council on an individual basis with regard to how well the course of study will benefit patient/client care, the profession as a whole and the career aspirations of the applicant.  

The Council meets 3 times a year in March (16th January), July (15th May) and November (19th September). The closing date for applications is given in brackets. All applicants are interviewed usually by telephone. 

To apply for a grant from The Nightingale Fund Please complete the application form (link below) and return it to the Honorary Secretary with a current CV and two references. The Grant Application Notes provide more details and should be read before applying.


On 30 June 2023 the Nightingale Fund and the Florence Nightingale Foundation (FNF) became one charity. Given both organisation’s connections to one of the world’s most famous and influential nurses, it is a fitting union and a privilege to be entrusted with the guardianship of funds raised directly in honour of Florence Nightingale’s work.