Grants and awards
A number of funding sources are available to members of the Nightingale Fellowship, including the Benevolent Fund which supports those in need, the Esmond Bequest which is available to support continuing education and learning and the Sir Geoffrey Bateman Travel award, offered biannually to applicants wishing to explore an aspect of nursing practice at home or abroad.
The Benevolent Fund
(registered charity no:227991):
“I was a beneficiary of the Benevolent Fund. It helped me manage whilst I recovered from illness. I can still feel the relief I felt then as I write this now!”
Nightingale Nurse qualified 1974
“Thank you so much for the extremely generous award. We feel grateful and somewhat humbled by your generosity. The money will assist both with respite and towards a new motability car.
Nightingale Nurse qualified 1976
“One of the joys of being a Nightingale is that special link between us. I was struggling to cope with all that was going on in my life yet felt supported and loved by the Nightingales who trained with me all those decades ago. I had just left an abusive marriage, my finances were desperate. One of those Nightingales suggested I apply to the Benevolent Fund and within weeks of completing the form a cheque arrived. At that time of need the Benevolent Fund came to my rescue and I not only received financial support, I felt comforted by the care offered to me at a time of great need.
Nightingale Nurse qualified 1975
Application forms and guidelines
- Download The Benevolent Fund Leaflet here.
- Download The Benevolent Fund Guidelines here.
- Download The Benevolent Fund Application form here.
This is a registered charity and managed by an advisory committee of members and Council members. It provides financial assistance to full Fellowship members in need. This might be to someone older who is finding difficulty managing on a small income, or someone younger, perhaps unable to work due to injury. Each application is assessed in confidence, and with compassion against agreed criteria.
Who can apply?
Any full member of the Nightingale Fellowship experiencing hardship or need.
The Esmond Bequest
(registered charity no: 287381):
This fund was founded from a legacy to the Fellowship in 1960 and provides financial assistance for continuing education and professional development in the form of fees for courses or study days or associated costs e.g. books (we regret that travel costs cannot be refunded).
Who can apply?
Any nurse or midwife who is a full OR associate member of the Nightingale Fellowship.
Sir Geoffrey Bateman Travel Scholarship
- Download The Bateman Travel Scholarship Guidelines here.
- Download The Bateman Travel Scholarship Application form here.
This travel award is made possible following a legacy from the family of the late Sir Geoffrey Bateman, a former consultant surgeon at St Thomas’ Hospital. A grant of up to £1500 is made every two years (next to be awarded in 2016), to enable a nurse to travel nationally or internationally to study the theory and/ or practice of nursing with the aim of improving patient care.
Who can apply?
- Any member of the Fellowship who is currently registered and practising OR
- Any qualified nurse working in the Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Foundation Trust or the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, King’s College, London.
APPLICATION FORMS for all of the above grants and awards are available from the Fellowship Office (see ‘contact us‘).
Frederick Andrew Convalescent Trust
You may like to be aware of another charitable organisation called FACT (Frederick Andrew Convalescent Trust). FACT is a charity which offers financial assistance to women for convalescence support, following illness. Please look at their website for further information www.factonline.co.uk.
The Cavell Nurses’ Trust
The Cavell Nurses’ Trust supports the UK’s 650,000 registered nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, together with retired and student nurses throughout the UK. Please look at their website for further information www.cavellnursestrust.org.
The RCN Foundation
The RCN Foundation offers both educational and benevolent funding, to both current and former nursing professionals. For more information please follow this link to their website www.rcnfoundation.org.uk.
Relate offers counselling and support services for couples, families and young people. For further information, please see their website www.relate.org.uk.