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Dorothy Rupe Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program Grant

Grants to California Community College Nursing Assistant
Programs to Train Caregivers and Home Health Aides

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Arthur N. Rupe Foundation

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Grants of up to $50,000 to California community colleges providing home health aide and nursing assistant programs for programs providing training and support services to caregivers. Priority will be given to programs that will increase the number of direct care workers providing aid in a home-based setting.

Dorothy Rupe CNA Program Grants are awarded to nursing assistant programs providing quality entry-level healthcare training for students, thereby creating economic opportunity for low-income, unemployed, and/or re-entry workers, as well as increasing the availability of CNAs and HHAs in the workforce.

Dorothy Rupe CNA Program Grants can be used for the following:

  • Student Support – To provide low-income students with financial assistance for program-related costs or for one-time, unforeseen expenditures for students at risk of withdrawal. Examples of student support include textbooks, uniforms, and course-specific fees and/or supplies—in other words, supplemental costs required of the student that may be cost-prohibitive to enrollment.
  • Exam Fees and/or Testing Coordinator Travel Expenses – To ensure that students successfully completing CNA training are able to participate in the state exam and receive certification. Travel expenses include mileage and/or a hotel stay for testing coordinators traveling to remote campuses that would otherwise be unable to provide testing services to students. 
  • Instructional Support – To fund an instructional assistant position for the purpose of minimizing attrition and improving student outcomes (e.g. course completion and exam pass rates). Grants for instructional assistance support additional practice in the skills lab and/or mock testing in preparation for the certification exam. Priority will be given to programs that employ former CNA students to serve in this capacity.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172201

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded

Term of Contract:

Grants are for use during the 2021-22 academic year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any California Community College with an existing certified nursing assistant program is eligible to apply. Grants will be distributed to the college’s district, foundation, or other qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit that serves as the program’s fiscal sponsor.

Items that will not be supported:
- Instruction costs, administrative support, counseling, general academic tutoring, or instructor release time
- Computers, lab equipment, or program supplies
- Travel expenses to the Foundation’s annual conference
- Indirect costs or college/foundation overhead

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by Friday, January 8, 2021. Awards will be announced in mid-March.

Please note: this is a firm deadline and late applications will not be accepted. Early submissions are encouraged.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions, additional information, or technical assistance, please contact Christine Northup, Program Officer, at or (805) 687-8586.

Arthur N. Rupe Foundation
3700 State Street, Suite 300
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

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