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Nursing Education Initiative Information

The Nursing Education Initiative Grant Program is funded by Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOH). The program provides education grants to support nurses’ knowledge and skills through professional development. All nurses currently registered to practise in Ontario – including RNs and RPNs – can apply. RNs must apply to RNAO; RPNs must apply to the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario.

How to apply

Applications must be completed using the secure online form on myRNAO. You do not need to be an RNAO member to register for a free account on myRNAO.

Once you have applied, you can see the status of your application(s) by logging in to your myRNAO account.

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New for 2013

More nurses will receive grants

All applications received for eligible professional activities ending after January 1, 2013 will be considered based on the new calculation method. The objective of this new method is to provide more nurses with grants.

Until the end of 2012, applications for grants were ranked according to how closely they matched the MOH’s priorities. Full grants were allocated starting with the highest ranking application until the funds ran out. Thus, eligible applications that ranked lower did not receive a grant.

Now, grant calculations are based on a combination of how closely the application matches the MOH’s priorities and on the number of applications received. Partial grants will be paid to eligible applications. It should also be noted that funds available for the program are pre-determined, and that there is a chance that some eligible applications may not result in grants.

Grant calculation method

Grant calculation will be completed according to a pre-set algorithm (please see examples below):

  • The application will be scored according to the MOH criteria.
  • A previous funding adjustment factor will be applied to take into account NEI grants received in the previous year.
  • A funds availability factor will be applied to take into account the funds available for the volume of eligible applications received.

What hasn’t changed?

  • The maximum amount nurses are able to access per year, per nurse, is $1,500
  • The grant calculation is based on the tuition paid, and only the tuition. No other expenses are allowed
  • Complete applications must be received within 90 days of the end of the education
  • Application forms must be supported by appropriate receipts and proof of completion
  • Applications are scored according to MOH priorities
  • NEI grants received in preceding years may impact grants
  • The amount paid in grants is subject to income tax

As of August 1, 2013, applications must be completed using the online form. As the grant year is based on the government’s fiscal year, payment for grants typically starts in late June of each year.

Grant calculation examples

The following examples assume that the funds availability factor has been set to 75 per cent due to the funds available in comparison to the volume of applications received.

Example 1

An applicant submits a grant application with appropriate supporting documents for a $700 grant. The applicant has received a grant smaller than $1,500 in the previous year.

The application receives a score of 80 according to the MOH’s criteria based on employment setting, clinical area of practice, employment status, type of professional development, and type of education provider.

The application receives a previous year funding adjustment of 0 because the applicant has received grants in the previous year totalling less than $1,500.

The application receives a funds availability factor of 75 due to the fact that funds are available for only 75 per cent of the value of the applications received.

The grant is calculated as follows: $700 x (80% + 0%) x 75% = $420

Example 2

An applicant submits a grant application with appropriate supporting documents for a $700 grant. The applicant has received a $1,500 grant in the previous year.

The application receives a score of 80 according to the MOH’s criteria based on employment setting, clinical area of practice, employment status, type of professional development, and type of education provider.

The application receives a previous year funding adjustment of -10 because the applicant has received a $1,500 grant in the previous year.

The application receives a funds availability factor of 75 due to the fact that funds are available for only 75 per cent of the value of the applications received.

The grant is calculated as follows: $700 x (80% - 10%) x 75% = $367.50

Example 3

An applicant submits a grant application with appropriate supporting documents for a $700 grant. The applicant has not received any grants in the previous year.

The application receives a score of 80 according to the MOH’s criteria based on employment setting, clinical area of practice, employment status, type of professional development, and type of education provider.

The application receives a previous year funding adjustment of 10 because the applicant has not received a grant in the previous year.

The application receives a funds availability factor of 75 due to the fact that funds are available for only 75 per cent of the value of the applications received.

The grant is calculated as follows: $700 x (80% + 10%) x 75% = $472.50

Read about the Nursing Education Initiative Grant Program in the Registered Nurse Journal.