2023 Dorothy Rupe CNA Program Grants:  A Request for Proposals

The Arthur N. Rupe Foundation invites accredited California Community Colleges to submit proposals for consideration at its March 2023 board meeting. Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to qualified certified nursing assistant and home health aide programs for use during the 2023-24 academic year.

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 re-entry workers, while also increasing the availability of CNAs and HHAs in the workforce. The Foundation has a particular interest in projects that will increase the number of direct care professionals providing aid in a home-based setting.

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

  • Student Support To provide low-income students with financial assistance for program related expenses. Examples of student support include textbooks, uniforms, course specific fees and/or mandatory supplies—in other words, supplemental costs borne by the student that may be a barrier to enrollment.
  • Exam Fees and/or Testing Coordinator Travel ExpensesTo 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.

Items that are NOT eligible for support:

  • 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

To ensure consideration, proposals must be submitted to the Foundation no later than Monday, January 9, 2023. Awards will be announced in late March.

Program Background
The Dorothy Rupe Caregiver Program at the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation was inspired by Arthur Rupe’s experience with his late wife’s illness and his difficulty in finding suitably trained, compassionate nursing assistants to care for her. Since 2000, the Foundation has provided support to Santa Barbara City College’s Dorothy D. Rupe Certified Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide Program. Mindful of the considerable need for nursing assistants and home health aides to care for California’s aging population, the Foundation broadened its support to CNA/HHA programs throughout the California Community College System in 2012.

In 2022, the Foundation awarded nearly $500,000 to nineteen CNA programs. For a list of recipients, please see our caregiving webpage.

Any California Community College with an active 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.

How to Apply
Please apply online at https://www.grantinterface.com/rupe/Common/LogOn.aspx. First-time applicants will be required to create a new account prior to accessing the online application. If you receive a message that your school or organization is already registered in our system, please do not create a new account. Contact the Foundation for further assistance.

After logging on, click on “Apply,” then the link entitled “Dorothy Rupe Caregiver Grants” to begin a new application. A letter of inquiry is not required for this funding opportunity.

Applications must include the following:

  • A brief overview of the community college and population served
  • A detailed description of the nursing assistant program, including year established, number of sections offered per semester, number of students enrolled/waitlisted, completion rate and CNA exam pass rate
  • A description of the program’s current needs and the project to be funded
  • A clear rationale for the project and items to be funded
  • Names and brief biographies of the program director and any other key faculty and/or staff involved in the project
  • Project timeline and evaluation methods
  • A detailed project budget

After submission, the Foundation may contact the CNA program director with questions or a request for additional information.

Applications are due by Monday, January 9, 2023.
Please note: this is a firm deadline and late applications will not be accepted.
Early submissions are encouraged.

Reporting Requirements
Grant recipients will be required to submit midterm and year-end reports on program outcomes.

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