Types of grants
The HCNC awards two types of grant.
Individual Grants: These are grants to an individual community nurse working in Hertfordshire (a “Hertfordshire community nurse” or “HC nurse”) of up to £2,000 in any one financial year (with a lifetime maximum for any one individual of £6,000). They are available to enable HC nurses to access professional development, further education or research opportunities which will increase their knowledge and skills and thus improve the quality of care to patients in Hertfordshire.
Major Grants: These are grants to an individual HC nurse or to a group of HC nurses of up to £20,000. They are available to enable a HC nurse or groups of HC nurses to develop a project or to fund equipment which will improve the quality of care to patients in Hertfordshire.
Awards of grants are subject to the following rules. The HCNC Trustees may require applicants to demonstrate they have been complied with the following.
- The applicant must be a currently working registered nurse who also must have been working for a minimum of six months within Hertfordshire as a “Community Nurse”. The definition of Community Nurse is taken as defined by the Queen’s Nursing Institute ie. “working outside a hospital setting”. In the case of applications made by a group of HC nurses, the group may include the HC nurses’ manager.
- Grants for conferences with CPD accreditation may be given priority over those without such accreditation.
- No grants will be made for courses or modules already undertaken.
- Applicants must have the approval of their manager to apply for the grant.
- Full details and costs must be included with each application. Subsistence expenses (travel, hotel and food costs) are not eligible.
- Applications must show how the grant will improve the quality of care to Hertfordshire patients.
- Applications must be for one activity only (for example a course, a conference or a project). In the case of multi-year academic courses, funding must be sought for each academic year.
- A HC nurse applying for an Individual Grant who works part of the time in an adjacent county or in an acute hospital trust, must state (as a percentage) how much of their time is spent working as a HC nurse.
- Each applicant for an Individual Grant to attend a course or conference must agree to complete an evaluation form (available on the website) within three months of the end of the course or conference.
- Applications for equipment must show how its use will benefit patients, carers or families.
- Invoices for courses and conferences must be received by the Hon Treasurer of HCNC within three months of the start date of the course or conference. If it is not, the applicant will need to notify the Hon Treasurer when the invoice will be submitted, or the grant will be withdrawn and the invoice will not be paid.
- Decisions of the Trustees about whether or not to award a grant are final.
SUBMISSION OF INDIVIDUAL GRANT APPLICATION
Application forms for Individual Grants are available on the HCNC website and can be completed at any time of the year. The Individual Grants committee meets every three months at the beginning of January, April, July and October. All sections of the application form must be completed and returned via the website.
Each application will be considered on its merits, taking into account in particular the benefit to the individual and the patients of Hertfordshire, and the applicant’s personal circumstances. Applicants will be notified by email of the result of their application.
SUBMISSION OF MAJOR GRANT APPLICATION
Decisions to award Major Grants are made in March each year. Applications for a Major Grant must be submitted no later than February 1st for consideration at the March board meeting of that year.
Applications (emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org) must be in the form of a word document describing the project; and must include a summary of the benefits it will achieve for patients in Hertfordshire, budgeted costings, details of how the project will be monitored, how its benefits will be evaluated and whether other funding has been sought. A final report needs to be submitted within three months of the end of the project, showing how the project has benefitted the patients of Hertfordshire.
The trustees may ask recipients of a Major Grant to make a presentation about the project to a meeting of the trustees.