Dorothy Rupe CNA Program Grants

2018 Request for Proposals

The Arthur N. Rupe Foundation invites accredited California Community Colleges to submit proposals for consideration at its February 2018 board meeting. Grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded to qualified certified nursing assistant and home health aide programs for use during the 2018-19 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/or re-entry workers, as well as 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 workers providing aid in a home-based setting.

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

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)

Student Support and/or Emergency Assistance – To provide low-income students with financial assistance for program related costs (e.g. textbooks, uniforms) or for one-time, unforeseen expenditures for students at risk of withdrawal

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

Requests for support outside of these core priority areas will not be considered. Please also note that the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation provides support for direct program expenses only; funding may not be used to pay for indirect costs or college foundation overhead.

To ensure consideration, proposals must be submitted to the Foundation no later than Friday, January 12, 2018. Awards will be announced in 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 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, resulting in the training and certification of approximately 115 nursing assistants annually. The program frequently achieves completion and examination pass rates of 100 percent. In addition, 60 percent of its graduates are employed at local facilities, home health agencies, and private residences; and over 60 percent continue working toward certification as a Licensed Vocational Nurse or an Associate’s Degree in Nursing.

Mindful of the overall need for certified nursing assistants and home health aides to care for our state’s rapidly aging population, in 2012 the Foundation broadened its support to CNA/HHA programs throughout the California Community College System. In 2017, the Foundation awarded program grants totaling nearly $490,000. For more information on last year’s awards, visit

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.

How to Apply
Please apply online at First-time applicants will be required to create a new account prior to accessing the online application. 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 Friday, January 12, 2018. 

Please note that late applications will not be accepted. Early submissions are encouraged.

Reporting Requirements
Grantees will be required to submit midterm and year-end reports on project outcomes.

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