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Institute for Nursing
Sandy Relief Fund
The Institute for Nursing (IFN) was founded in 1988 as the private charitable affiliate of the New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA). As part of its mission, the IFN in partnership with the American Nurses Foundation (ANF) of the American Nurses Association (ANA) is pleased to announce that in response to the destruction of Hurricane Sandy and the damages caused sustained by member nurses of NJSNA, ANA New York and ANA IMD New York members that it will be offering a Disaster Relief program from generous donations that it is raising for this specific purpose.    
This program complements the IFN’s work in raising funds, developing and managing grants to support advances in research, education, and clinical practice, and supporting individual nurses with scholarships and grants. The IFN understands that the damage caused to nurses in this recent disaster is affecting their ability to practice the profession of nursing and to advance in scholarship and research, and so wants to offer this emergency assistance.  Members may apply to IFN for direct payment to creditors, up to $2,000.00.
Those who may apply must show they have suffered a loss of property, incurred unanticipated, non-reimbursed expenses such as being forced to live outside their home because of damage or loss of power due to Hurricane Sandy to qualify for assistance.    If this emergency has caused the member a financial loss, which may not be reimbursed by their insurer or is not a covered loss, he or she is eligible to apply. Family income and ability to pay such non-reimbursed expenses and costs is considered in the review.   The applicant must be a current member and must have been a member of NJSNA or be a New York ANA IMD member prior to the incident where they incurred the loss.
The timeframe for applying is November 13, 2012 - until the donated funds have been completely dispersed The damages/losses creating the need must have occurred October 29, 2012 – October 31, 2012 in counties declared by the state as a disaster area. 
Grants will only be given to nurses with a valid need based on documentation. Even individuals with a valid need may not receive a grant. Grants are awarded based on availability of funds, meeting the stated criteria with documentation and other compelling needs. Priority will be given to applicants who have suffered injuries or major property loss/damage. 
Documentation of the loss must be provided with the application. Acceptable documentation includes, but is not limited to; insurance claim forms, FEMA Disaster Applications, service/repair estimates or invoices, photos of damage. 
The areas where funds may be used include but are not limited to:
·         Emergency housing including hotels/motels, renting replacement housing or apartments and relocation costs related to moving into the emergency housing
·         Transportation including public transportation tokens/tickets; car rental or down payment to help replace a car damaged in the disaster
·         Purchase generators to enable a nurse to move back into his/her home
·         Expenses incidental to relocation including boarding pets
·         Other emergency needs not listed but which pose a significant hardship for the nurse which may include temporary child care and eldercare
Items not covered include:
·         Debt consolidation, poor financial planning, nonessential items or other expenses derived from non-emergency circumstances
·         Minimal losses such as costs related to temporary evacuations or loss of perishables due to power loss
Applicants must completely fill out the application and attach the documentation of loss and invoices/estimates. Applications may be send by mail, fax or electronically as long as the documents are signed by the applicant and dated.
·         Once the completed application with appropriate documentation is received at 1479 Pennington Rd., Trenton, NJ 08618, the IFN staff and Board will review the application and documentation and make a decision within 3 business days. 
·         The applicant will be notified by phone or email depending on the applicant’s preference within 24 hours of the decision. 
·         Checks will not be made out to applicant but to the vendor or provider of services. The check may be sent to the applicant or directly to the vendor/provider of services based on the applicant’s request. (By doing so the award will not be considered income subject to taxes.) 
·         Vendors/providers of services must sign a statement that they have not received duplicate payments from any other source for the same expense. If the applicant or the vendor/provider does receive a duplicate payment for the same expense covered by the IFN grant, the applicant or the vendor/provider are required to reimburse IFN for the emergency relief funds. The only exception is where the applicant has already paid the vendor/provider. The vendor/provide should reimburse the applicant for the funds already paid. (This allows for quick payment. If insurance or other agencies later determine that the expense is a covered benefit then IFN is reimbursed so the monies may be given to other nurses.)


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