Guidelines for Applications to the Endowment Fund

The goal of the Nursing Endowment Fund is to promote excellence in the College of Nursing through support for a wide variety of worthy projects and programs consistent with the academic goals of the College, including, but not limited to: teaching, research, projects/equipment; scholarships, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; visiting scientists; special projects for support staff; and conferences. Priority will be given to original or new initiatives.

Types of Activities and Projects Supported:

The list below indicates the types of activities and projects that may be support by the Nursing Endowment Fund. The list is neither exhaustive nor restrictive. The Fund is not intended to be used for activities or projects that would normally be funded by the operating or capital budgets of the College of Nursing.

1. Research and Scholarship

  • Support for research or evaluation projects relevant to the College of Nursing (non-thesis projects). It is important to clearly outline the relevance to the College of Nursing. Project proposals involving research or evaluation are only eligible through the College of Nursing Endowment Fund in Professional Foundations administered by the MCNHR (annual competition, April 1st deadline).
  • Support for invited speakers/researchers to the College of Nursing.

2. Teaching

  • Funds for teaching resources (audio-visuals, films, etc.).
  • Funds for encouragement of teaching innovations.

3. Student Activities 

  • Support existing, and/or the establishment of scholarship funds/bursaries to be administered by Financial Aid and Awards.
  • Support to attend regional or national conferences related to Canadian Nursing Student Association.

4. Academic, Alumni, and Support Staff

  • Support for innovative projects which further the goals of the endowment fund.

Conditions of Award:

1. Activities and projects supported by the Endowment Fund must comply with University policies, specifically where applicable, the University policies on research involving the use of animals, human ethics or biohazards. It is the responsibility of the applicant(s) to secure the appropriate approval. Funds will not be released until all such approvals have been obtained.

2. The award recipient is responsible for the use of the funds and for any over-expenditure. Expenditures must comply with University regulations concerning the use of special project funds and must be made in accordance with standard University financial procedures.

3. Awards normally terminate on the date specified in the award notification and any unspent funds are automatically returned to the Endowment Fund.

4. Within three months of the completion or termination of the award, a report is to be submitted to the Chair of the Endowment Fund. The report should address the following: monies spent and remaining, extent to which the objectives of the project were met, presentations made as planned.

5. Award holders are requested to acknowledge the assistance of the Endowment Fund in all publications and media coverage from this support.

Criteria for Assessing Proposals:

1. The proposal’s relevance to the goals of the Endowment Fund (see top of document) 

  • Enhances the work of the College in pursuit of excellence.
  • Demonstrates potential to involve and/or benefit a significant number of College, students, and/or staff

2. Quality of proposal

  • A clearly written proposal, including a clear statement of objectives.
  • Demonstrates potential to involve and/or benefit a significant number of College, students, and/or staff.
  • Inclusion of a statement of activities for which funds are sought, and the personnel involved.
  • Inclusion of a schedule of activities, completion date of project, etc.
  • Inclusion of a detailed budget, itemizing proposed expenditure of funds. It is a requirement that the budget be reviewed by the Senior Financial Officer prior to submission.
  • Feasibility in terms of budget, schedule, personnel, and technical content.
  • The value/benefit/recognition expected to accrue to students, staff, the College, the University, etc.
  • How findings will be disseminated.
  • Project proposals which may involve significant impact on the College of Nursing, such as potential changes to curriculum approaches and physical space within the College need to be vetted through the appropriate administrative person prior to coming to the Endowment Committee for funding.
  • Project proposals (non-thesis projects) which involve research or evaluation are only eligible through the College of Nursing Endowment Fund in Professional Foundations administered by the MCNHR (annual competition, April 1 deadline).
  • Project proposals which involve teaching and learning resources must first be submitted to either the Undergraduate or Graduate Curriculum Governance and Quality Assurance Committee for support prior to being submitted to the Endowment Fund Advisory Committee for consideration.

3. Assessed need for funds

  • The need for the project.
  • Appropriateness of the budget to the stated objectives and activities.
  • Supplementary funds must be included in the budget in order to determine what portion is being sought from the Endowment Fund.


1. Proposals for Invited speakers/Researchers should include the invitee’s CV.

2. Proposals for support to attend conferences should include the tentative program and/or other information on the content and goals of the conference.

Application Procedures

All applications must be type-written.

  •   Nine copies of the completed and signed applications and all supporting documentation should be forwarded to the Chair of the Endowment Fund Advisory Committee by March 31st of each year:

Francine Laurencelle, Chair
Nursing Endowment Fund Committee
Helen Glass Centre for Nursing
The University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

Updated April, 2017
Approved April 2017
Updated September, 2017