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 annually to applicants wishing to explore an aspect of nursing practice at home or abroad.

The Benevolent Fund

Application Forms and Guidelines

  • Download The Benevolent Fund Leaflet here.
  • Download The Benevolent Fund Guidelines here.
  • Download The Benevolent Fund Application form here.

The Benevolent Fund is part of the Nightingale Fellowship which 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 Benevolent Fund

 The Esmond Bequest

  • Download The Esmond Bequest Guidelines here.
  • Download The Esmond Bequest Application form here.

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 annually, 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‘).

Other Charitable organisations that may be able to offer assistance

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

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

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


Relate offers counselling and support services for couples, families and young people. For further information, please see their website

The Florence Nightingale Aid in Sickness Trust

The Florence Nightingale Aid in Sickness Trust provides life enhancing grants where funding is not readily available from other sources, towards medical items and services. Supporting adults and children whose lives are impaired by severe health problems and are resident in the UK.

The Guild of Nurses 

The Guild of Nurses Charity gives assistance to bodies who are committed to raising the standards of nursing care and to those that foster the ethos of nursing.  They will provide support for those that are disadvantages or in financial need to help with training or research to improve standards and skills.  For more information please go to:

The Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

The Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust Charity is an independent, urban health foundation, taking a whole-systems approach and working with partners across sectors to test and scale different projects, ideas and approaches.  Their long-term view helps make sure that ideas get the space and resource to create a real impact.  Co-producing projects, bringing in experts and providing financial, strategic and practical support to learn what works.  The Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Charity fund ideas up to multi-million pound initiatives and back quick projects as well as multi-year initiatives.  For more information please go to:  

For further information and to apply, please go to their website at