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About us




The Nightingale Fund is run by its passionate team of trustees and council members. 


A public meeting was held in London at the end of 1855 to recognise the work of Florence Nightingale in the Crimea.
The Nightingale Fund was established in 1857 in London. 
By 1859, the Fund stood at £45,000 and Florence Nightingale used this to set up the nurses' training school at St Thomas's Hospital in London. The first probationers arrived in July 1860.
The Fund now exists to give financial support for course fees to nurses, midwives and community public health nurses. It also supports health care assistants.

The Nightingale Fund now exists to give financial support for course fees only to nurses, midwives and community public health nurses who are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

The Fund also supports nursing associates and health care assistants. 

​Each year the Fund is able to help around 30 nurses with their course fees. The Council meets 3 times a year in March (16th January), July (15th May) and November (19th September). The closing date for applications is given in brackets.

Download the application form and the instructions from the grant page by clicking here.


The Nightingale Fund is a small charity and has to disappoint some applicants each year. 

We continue to rely mainly on the interest from the original Fund to enable grants to be awarded.


I wish to formally thank yourself, Marion and the other members of the interview panel at The Nightingale Fund for deciding to support the first year of my PhD at the University of Nottingham, entitled ‘Transition between CAMHS and AMH services: Can a developmental stage assessment tool bridge the policy-practice gap?’.


 I am utterly delighted to have the endorsement of The Nightingale Fund, which will lend real standing to the research.


 I look forward to sharing my progress with you and thank you once again for the opportunity to undertake the research which I believe has the potential to make a significant improvement to nursing practice and impact positively on the clinical outcomes of young people using mental health services.


I share Florence Nightingale’s Derbyshire heritage, her family home in Lea Hurst is only a few miles north of my address. This makes me particularly proud to have attained this sponsorship which is part of her legacy as a nurse and academic.


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