Gifts, Grants & Matches


The Sandra Schmirler Foundation (the Foundation) provides funds directly to hospital foundations in Canada for the purchase of life-saving equipment for newborn intensive care units (NICUs). These funds are categorized as gifts or grants or matches. Gifts are provided to hospital foundations in communities that host Curling Canada Season of Champions events where the SSF has conducted a crowd sweep in partnership with Curling Canada. These include the Canada Cup, Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Tim Hortons Brier, Canadian Curling Trials, and Men’s and Women’s World Championships when hosted in Canada. Grants can be requested by hospital foundations anywhere in Canada through an application process. Matches may be requested by individuals, groups or hospital foundations by contacting our Administrative Coordinator and submitting a proposal for matching funds for a community fundraising event. The grant will be paid to the Hospital Foundation.


The Canada Cup, Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Tim Hortons Brier, Canadian Curling Trials, and Men’s or Women’s World Championships when hosted by Canada, can be major fundraising events for the Sandra Schmirler Foundation. When the Foundation conducts major fundraising at any of these events, a gift to enhance neonatal care will be given to a hospital located in the city or near the city hosting the event.

The purpose of a gift is to provide funds to the Hospital Foundation to help the hospital purchase a life-saving piece(s) of equipment for its NICU.

Gifts are given without an application process. Selected hHospital Foundations will be contacted by SSF staff and asked to develop a proposal to be reviewed by the Finance & Audit Committee and approval by the SSF Board before commitment of a gift is confirmed.


Any Hospital Foundation in Canada can apply for a grant from the Sandra Schmirler Foundation. These grants will be limited to the purchase of life-saving equipment for NICUs and cannot be used for capital campaigns or operating expenses.

Every request for funding should include a cover letter giving the details of the request and a “Request for Funding” that provides all pertinent information; including information about the hospital and its NICU, the equipment being requested and a cost estimate. Hospital foundations are encouraged to develop a menu of equipment that the Sandra Schmirler Foundation could fund at different levels of giving.

It is important that the request for funding identify how the Sandra Schmirler Foundation will be acknowledged and what recognition will be provided.

Grants requests must be submitted in PDF format and emailed to Brenda Gallagher before January 1st. A response will be provided shortly after our fiscal year end, June 30th.


An individual, organization or Hospital Foundation may request a match for funds raised at an event within the community. Requests for matching funds should include details on what the monies raised would be used for, recognizing that funds provided by the Sandra Schmirler Foundation must be dedicated to the purchase of life-saving equipment for the local hospital’s newborn intensive care unit or pediatrics unit and paid to a Hospital Foundation. All grants for matching funds will be presented by a representative of the Sandra Schmirler Foundation in concert with the local fund-raising community group (if applicable). Requests can be made at any time during the year and will be reviewed and a decision made within 60 days of receiving the proposal. The match will be to an identified maximum amount and a third party agreement may be required.

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