Financial assistance is provided through the RCN Foundation and its charitable funds are supported through voluntary donations.
Whilst we would like to provide financial assistance to all the worthy requests we receive for help, due to limited funds, grant giving is subject to funding guidelines and funds are prioritised according to need. The following information relates to eligibility for charitable grant assistance.
Registered Nurses and Midwives
Can apply whilst working, unemployed and when retired, if they have been registered as a nurse and/or midwife in the UK.
Health Care Assistants (HCAs)
Can apply whilst working, unemployed and when retired, but must have worked as an HCA for a minimum of three years in the UK.
Can apply whilst on a pre-registration nursing degree programme if they need to take a break from their studies due to illness, or must relocate due to circumstances beyond their control, such as domestic violence.
Please note we cannot general assist students who wish to relocate upon completion of their studies.
Post-graduate students are not eligible for support through the funds administered through the Lamplight Support Service. The RCN Foundation provides educational grants and for further information about these visit their information on bursaries.
As our fund is means tested, an individual’s circumstances would generally demonstrate one or more of the following:
If you are unsure whether you are experiencing a shortfall between household income and expenditure, or you would like to look at what you have coming in and going out in order to budget, you can complete this budget form.
The budget form can be completed electronically and saved, or printed out to complete by hand. If completing electronically, the form will calculate total income and expenditure for you. You can navigate from one cell to another by clicking into it with your cursor.
Assistance is made with the full consideration of an individual’s circumstances and support tailored to ensure its biggest impact. The type of assistance available will aim to be flexible to the needs of individuals.
There are certain costs the fund cannot directly assist with and these include:
If you are experiencing financial difficulties and one of the above is a factor, we may be able to support you in a different way and would be happy to discuss this with you.
To make an appointment with the Lamplight Support Service, please call us on 0345 772 6200 between 8.30am and 8.30pm.
Alternatively, RCN members can access the service through RCN Direct on 0345 772 6100.
To facilitate a successful appointment it is essential that you have a clear and accurate knowledge of your monthly income and expenditure. Once you have booked your appointment with Lamplight, please complete the budget form.The budget form can be completed electronically and saved or printed out to complete by hand. If completing electronically, the form will calculate total income and expenditure for you. You can navigate from one cell to another by clicking into it with your cursor.