Funding Opportunities

Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program

Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Deadline for Receipt of Applications: February 23, 2017, 7:30pm ET

Am I Eligible for Loan Repayment?

Review the following NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program requirements to find out.

I am a:

  • licensed registered nurse;
  • advanced practice registered nurse, such as a nurse practitioner; or
  • nurse faculty member with qualifying nursing debt.

I received my nursing education from:

  • an accredited school of nursing located in a U.S. state or territory.

I work full-time in:

  • an eligible Critical Shortage Facility in a high need area (for RNs, APNs),
  • an accredited school of nursing (for nurse faculty).

We give funding preference depending on your financial need.

Why Should I Apply for the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program?

Too many Americans—particularly in underserved areas—go without checkups, preventive screenings, vaccines, and other care, simply because there are not enough health care professionals to provide care and treatment in their communities. The NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program enables you to fulfill your passion to care for underserved people in some of the neediest communities across the country.

If you apply and are accepted to the program , we will pay for 60% of your unpaid nursing education debt over two years, with an option to extend to a third year for an additional 25% of the original balance.

In exchange, you work for a minimum of two years in one of the thousands of Critical Shortage Facilities across the country, including hospitals, clinics, and other facilities experiencing a critical shortage of nurses.

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Black Lung Funding Opportunities Available

Funding Agencies: Black Lung Center of Excellence and Black Lung Clinics Program

Deadline for Receipt of Applications: March 6, 2017

The Black Lung Center of Excellence (BLCE) and Black Lung Clinics Program (BLCP) funding opportunity announcements (FOA) are now available on  You can view the BLCE FOA here ( and the BLCP FOA here (

Through the BLCP, public, private, and state entities provide medical, outreach, educational, and benefits counseling services to active, inactive, and disabled coal miners throughout the country with the goal of reducing the morbidity and mortality associated with occupationally-related coal mine dust lung disease.  The BLCE cooperative agreement recipient will work with HRSA to help strengthen the operations of BLCP awardees, including through improved data collection and analysis.  You can view a list of current BLCP awardees here:

Technical assistance webinars will be held for both FOAs and will be recorded.  The dates and times for those are included in the FOAs.  

Promise of Nursing for Pennsylvania Fellowships Now Available

Funding Agency: The Foundation of the National Student Nurses Association

Release Date: November 2nd, 2016

Deadline for Reciept of Applications: March 10, 2017

Registered nurses enrolled in graduate level, degree-granting colleges and universities in selected regions of the US may be eligible to apply for a Promise of Nursing Regional Faculty Fellowship (PON Fellowship).  The PON Fellowship is designed to assist RN’s who are preparing for the nurse educator role to achieve their degrees.

PON Fellowships are awarded annually and may be applied toward tuition, academic fees, and books.  Award amounts range from $1,000 to $7,500 per academic year.

Funding for the PON Fellowship Program is contributed by several hospitals and health care agencies, by Johnson & Johnson, and by national companies with an interest in supporting nursing education.  The funds are raised at gala fundraising events sponsored by Johnson & Johnson.  The PON Fellowship Program is administered by the Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association (FNSNA).

Applications for the Promise of Nursing Regional Faculty Fellowship (PON Fellowship) will be open until Friday, March 10, 2017 (at midnight EST).

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Addressing Healthcare Needs of Vulnerable Populations: Innovations in Care Grant Program

Funding Agency: Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation

Deadline for Receipt of Applications: March 20, 2017

Purpose: Hillman Innovations in Care Program advances leading edge, nursing-driven models of care that will improve the health and health care of vulnerable populations, including the economically disadvantaged, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBQT, the homeless, rural populations, and other groups that encounter barriers to accessing healthcare services.

The Hillman Foundation specifically seeks proposals that address the health - care needs of vulnerable populations in the following areas:

  • Maternal and child health
  • Care of the older adult
  • Chronic illness management

Priority consideration will be given to proposals that include one or more of the following:

  • Engagement of patients, families, caregivers, and community organizations
  • Health and wellness promotion and disease prevention
  • Inter-professional or multidisciplinary collaboration
  • Institutional and community partnerships
  • Provision of care in non-hospital settings
  • Measurable goals and outcomes

Eligibility: Entities eligible to apply include:

  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations
  • International organizations that are the equivalent of U.S. 501(c)(3) organizations that are submitting a project that focuses within the United States
  • Government entities
  • Faith-based organizations

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Amount of funding: Award ceiling: $600,000

Number of Awards: at least 2

Application process: Applications must be submitted online. For a complete list of the application requirements please see the request for proposal on the program website.

Contact: For questions please contact:

Nursing Innovation Video Contest

Funding Agency: Pennsylvania Action Coalition

Deadline to Apply: March 31st

Nurses are on the front lines of healthcare innovation. They are the ones who most directly provide the care our communities need. And we know that nurses do not work alone, they collaborate creatively and lead teams to advance change every single day. Now we have an opportunity to harness the power of nursing innovations, and bring teams together to tackle some of the most pressing healthcare challenges of our time. Submit a YouTube video (60 to 90 seconds) describing an innovative solution to a healthcare problem. This year’s theme centers on revolutionizing healthcare for the elderly.

Finalists will join the PA-AC's inaugural Nursing Innovation Corps, whereby interprofessional innovators led by Registered Nurses (RNs) can come together to develop and implement their ideas for improving patient healthcare in America. This networking and mentorship program will enable peer learning across healthcare settings; opportunities for testing, implementation, or scaling of the proposed practice innovation; and opportunities for further dissemination.

 Benefits include:

  • $500 award
  • Guidance from relevant stakeholders
  • Access to funders
  • Cross-sector networking and learning opportunities
  • Recognition on social media and relevant media outlets

Click here to learn more and apply!

2017 NHSC Loan Repayment Program

Funding Agency: National Health Service Corps

Release Date: January 19, 2017

Deadline for Receipt of Applications: Thursday, April 6, 2017 through 7:30 PM ET

Primary care medical, dental and mental/behavioral health clinicians can get up to $50,000 to repay their health profession student loans in exchange for a two-year commitment to work at an approved NHSC site in a high-need, underserved area. The payment is free from Federal income tax and is made at the beginning of service, so you can quickly pay down your loans.

After completing your initial service commitment, you can apply to extend your service and receive additional loan repayment assistance. The amount you receive and length of your commitment depends on where you serve (service at sites in higher need areas yields greater loan repayments). It also depends on whether you select the full-time or half-time option.

See the 2017 Application and Program Guidance (PDF - 401 KB) for details. Approved sites are located across the U.S., in both urban and rural areas. Visit the NHSC Jobs Center to see if your site is already approved.

Grants Aimed at Improving Coordination of Care for Medicaid Patients

Funding Agency: Pennsylvania Department of Human Services

Deadline for Receipt of Applications: April 14, 2017 by 2:00 PM ET

Onboarding grant funds are available to help connect hospitals and ambulatory practices to the Pennsylvania Patient & Provider Network, or P3N. The P3N enables electronic health information exchange (eHIE) across the state through the connection of health care providers to health information organizations (HIO), and the participation of the HIOs in the P3N. The application period is open until further notice.

 “These grants will assist providers in the efficient delivery of quality services to the individuals we serve across the commonwealth,” said DHS Secretary Ted Dallas. “As more providers participate, individuals will experience better coordination of care and a better quality of health care.”

The grant program, available to Pennsylvania HIOs to enable the connection of Inpatient Hospital/Facility’s and Outpatient Practice or Other Outpatient Provider Organizations participating in the Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program, includes:

  • Up to $75,000 to connect each eligible inpatient hospital or other inpatient facility to an HIO;
  • Up to $35,000 to connect each eligible outpatient practice or other outpatient provider organization to an HIO; and
  • Up to $5,000 to enable other eligible providers that do not fit into the two categories above, but want to enable HIE participation and connect to an HIO via a portal.

Each eligible provider will connect via an HIO to the P3N.

Only a single award is permitted to any one hospital/facility or outpatient practice. The anticipated performance period for this grant runs through September 30, 2017.

The grant will:

  • Help providers deliver higher quality and more efficient care, particularly through better care coordination for patients covered by Medicaid;
  • Support provider participation in private-sector HIOs by offsetting connection costs;
  • Incentivize HIOs to join the P3N, a precondition for receiving funding;
  • Support rapid movement toward the participation in eHIE , and support various care reform efforts currently underway across the commonwealth; and
  • Defray up-front costs for individual providers to join an HIO, thus helping to achieve meaningful use and satisfy obligations under the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program

This program will be made possible through a $8.125 million grant from the federal Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Under the terms of the federal grant, CMS will provide 90 percent of the onboarding grant, with the remaining 10 percent funded by the commonwealth.

The grant applications and supporting materials are available online here

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

Release Date: Open

Deadline for Receipt of Applications: Letter of Inquiry Accepted any time

The Foundation offers grants to nonprofit organizations for general operating, program, and capital project support to help lower income older adults to live dignified, meaningful, and engaged lives in the community and to maintain their independence for as long as possible. Check out funding guidelines here.

The MetLife Foundation

Release Date: Open

Deadline for Receipt of Applications: Letter of Inquiry Accepted any time

The MetLIfe Foundation offers three kinds of financial inclusion grants to nonprofit organizations: Access to Knowledge grants support organizations with the ability to reach large numbers of underserved households around the world and work with them to develop financial strategies and capabilities to improve lives. Access to Services grants focus on organizations that deliver high-quality services like savings, microinsurance, and credit to individuals in need. Access to Insights grants partner with researchers, academics, and non-governmental organizations to better understand the problems and potential solutions within the financial inclusion field. Visit the MetLife website to download the grant application guidelines.