Grants & Funding

One of the ways the Colorado Nurses Foundation meets its purpose and goals is to provide funding for a variety of nursing education activities. Examples of funding for educational activities include support of the CE Day at the Colorado Nurses Association Annual Convention, support of the Annual Rocky Mountain Regional Multidisciplinary Research and Evidence-Based Symposium, support of the International Conference on Caring, support of The Children’s Hospital Evidence Based Practice Poster Fair, and support of the Colorado Nurses Association New Graduate Education Activity and Job Fair. Requests for funding may be made by nursing and health related individuals and organizations.

Funding for Educational Activities
The foundation is devoted to creating nursing excellence through the promotion of educational and scientific activities and community based projects.

The goals of the Colorado Nurses Foundation are to:
• Conduct and support health related projects that benefit consumers and enhance the image of nursing,
• Enhance nursing excellence,
• Conduct educational programs related to nursing and health,
• Promote unified action by nursing and health care organizations,
• Support educational scholarships,
• Foster creativity and innovation in nurses and their practice,
• Provide a mechanism for nurses and nursing organizations to obtain funding for projects and research.

Funding of Educational Activities

The foundation provides funding for a variety of nursing education activities. Requests for funding will be evaluated on the basis of the following:

• Funding will be made only to nursing and health related individuals and organizations
• Funds must be used to provide educational activities that are available to nurses in the state of Colorado;
• The educational activity must be related to the purpose and goals of the foundation;
• Requests must be made at least 60 days prior to the activity and will not be considered after the activity has been held;
• Requests will not be considered for individual scholarships.

Click here to complete the online Educational Activity Funding Application Form.

Funding of Grants

Individuals and organizations may apply to the foundation for grants for educational and scientific activities and community based projects. Examples of projects which have received grant funding from CNF include research on smoking cessation, development of educational materials about the role of Advanced Practice Nurses, and support for purchase of educational materials for at-risk teens at a crisis center.

CNF offers the following two types of grants from which to choose.

  1. Direct Grants Requests for Direct Grants from CNF will be evaluated on the basis of the following:
    • Grants will be made only to nursing and health related individuals and organizations.
    • Maximum allocation per grant is $1,000.00.
    • Applicants must reside within the state of Colorado and the grant funds must be utilized within Colorado.
    • Proposals must be related to the goals of CNF.
    • Requests will not be considered for fundraising drives, building funds, capital campaigns, or for individual scholarships.
    • If funding is granted, the individual or organization will submit a report on the use of the funds within six months of the receipt of the grant, and progress reports/funds use reports at designated intervals.
  2. Collaboration Grants CNF will also consider requests to collaborate on applications for grants from other funding sources. These requests will be evaluated on the basis of the following:
    • Applications will be accepted only from nursing or health related individuals or organizations.
    • Applicants must reside within the state of Colorado and the grant must be utilized within Colorado.
    • Proposals must be related to the goals of CNF.
    • CNF must review and approve the grant application before submitting to the potential funding source.
    • CNF will screen potential funding sources for alignment with CNF mission, vision, and values
    • Individuals or organizations would be required to meet regularly with the CNF Board or their designees to monitor the progress of the grant.
    • Depending upon the nature and amount of the grant, CNF will request indirect reimbursement for administrative services.

Click here to complete the online Grant Application Form.

Grant Reporting
Reporting on a funded grant is a critical piece of the grantmaking process. Grant reports allow the funded organization to share the progress, successes, and challenges encountered while implementing the funded grant. Reports also allow the Colorado Nurses Foundation to gather information on the impact it is making in its mission areas.

The Colorado Nurses Foundation requires a Colorado Common Grant Report Submission every six months following a grant until the grant plan is completed.

The User’s Guide is designed to assist you in using the CGR effectively. It is presented in PDF format with bookmarks and can be used online or as a desktop reference tool.