Grants & funding

All institutions receiving the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) must spend the moneys within one calendar year from the date of their award according to their Grant Award Notification (GAN). These institutions have an additional 90 days after this deadline to liquidate the obligations made during this period as part of the grant closeout procedures (2 CFR § 200.343(b)).

The Department of Education understands that some grantees may be unable to obligate the funds within the one-year period. No-cost extensions of up to 12 months are available as provided in 2 CFR § 200.308(d)(2). Please reach out to the US Department of Education for more information.

The Perkins V Grant provides nearly $1.3 billion annually for career and technical education (CTE) programs.

  • Perkins Grant funding must be spent or obligated by June 30 of the grant year and liquidated by August 31 of the same year.
    • Grant year 2020-2021 funds must be spent or obligated by June 30, 2021 and liquidated by August 31, 2021.
  • Perkins Grant funding may be modified before April 1 of the current grant year.
    • Grant year 2020-2021 funds cannot be modified after April 1, 2021.

A great way to fund your simulation program, or the development of a Simulated Participant (SP) program, is by using the various state, local, and foundation grants for which your program may be eligible.

Here are some recommended steps:

  1. Identify an expert on grant writing, either within your program or your institution.
  2. Talk to your Avkin Solutions Consultant about the scope of your desired project, and receive a formal proposal outlining the scope of your simulation project. (Note: You can book a meeting online.)
  3. Search for grants using the various tools available. A couple of places to start include:
    • The Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) grants on the Health Resources & Services Administration website,
    • The Rural Health Information Hub,

Connecting with donors and philanthropists in your area is a great way to build community relations and secure funding for your program. Many philanthropists are interested in improving the future of healthcare in their community.

Here are some ways to connect:

  1. Hold an open house to share the success of your simulation program so far. You can then share your vision for the future of your program and the equipment or services you’ll need to make that happen.
  2. Send out a monthly newsletter. Be sure to include a profile of your faculty, quotes from your students, pictures of simulation in action and a special thank you for donors or foundations that are already giving to your program.
  3. Be sure to emphasize your program’s impact in the local community. Maybe your learners are volunteering at events, hospitals, or long-term care facilities.

We understand that finding additional funding can feel like a time-consuming and insurmountable task. We’re here to help you. Your Solutions Consultant will be happy to help you identify other grants and opportunities for funding.