Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Education Funding

Nursing Education Initiative Grant Program

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.

See grant calculation examples

Key Information

  • The maximum amount nurses are able to access per year, per nurse, is $1,500.
  • The grant calculation is based solely on the tuition paid. No other expenses such as books, course material, salary replacement, student fees, travel, meals, and accommodations are permitted.
  • Complete applications must be received within 90 days of the end of the education, not 90 days after you access your grades.
  • Application forms must be supported by appropriate receipts and proof of completion (example).
  • Applications are scored according to Ministry of Health (MOH) criteria.
  • NEI grants received in previous years may impact future grants.
  • The amount paid in grants is subject to income tax.

Once your application has been received, it will be reviewed to ensure that it meets the program requirements. If the initial application review has determined that it is complete, on time, includes the required supporting documents, and meets the MOH criteria, it will be deemed eligible.

Once the application has been determined to be eligible, it is added to the queue for grant payment.

When are grants issued?
It typically takes several weeks between the time the application has been determined to be eligible and the time the cheque is issued. Cheques for grants are issued monthly from June to March in order of receipt of applications. The exact timing depends on the number of applications received, when they are received, and when MOH funds are made available.

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