Your Impact

Millions of dollars have funded life-saving equipment in hospital NICUs across Canada.

Hospitals that have received grants

61 hospitals in every province, Yukon and the Northwest Territories have received over $4.7 million in grants from the Sandra Schmirler Foundation for the purchase of life-saving equipment for their Newborn Intensive Care Units (NICUs).

1. IWK Health Centre, Halifax
2. Hôpital Sainte-Justine, Montréal
3. Hôpital de Montréal pour enfants, Montréal
4. Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto
5. McMaster Children’s, Hamilton
6. Children’s Hospital of Manitoba, Winnipeg
7. Regina General Hospital, Regina
8. Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital, Saskatoon
9. Alberta Children’s Hospital, Calgary
10. Stollery Children’s Hospital, Edmonton
11. BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver
12. Victoria General Hospital, Victoria
13. Brandon Regional Health Centre, Brandon
14. Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Charlottetown
15. Chinook Regional Hospital, Lethbridge
16. Moncton Hospital, Moncton
17. Sault Area Hospitals, Sault Ste. Marie
18. Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminster
19. Children’s Hospital, London
20. Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto
21. Kelowna General Hospital, Kelowna
22. St. Joseph’s Health Care, Hamilton
23. St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital, St. Thomas
24. Thunder Bay Hospital, Thunder Bay
25. Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket
26. Red Deer Regional Hospital, Red Deer
27. Lakeridge Health, Oshawa
28. Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto
29. Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa
30. Kingston Hospitals, Kingston
31. Janeway Children’s Hospital, St. John’s

32. Western Regional Hospital, Corner Brook
33. Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops
34. Stanton Territorial Hospital, Yellowknife
35. Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Peterborough
36. Dr. F. H. Wigmore Regional Hospital, Moose Jaw
37. Oakville Hospital, Oakville
38. Shuswap Hospital, Shuswap
39. Orillia Hospital, Orillia
40. Georgian Bay Hospitals, Midland
41. Grande Prairie Regional Hospital, Grande Prairie
42. Cypress Regional Hospital, Swift Current
43. Grey Nun’s Community Hospital, Edmonton
44. St. Catharines General Hospital, St. Catharines
45. Saint John Regional Hospital, Saint John
46. Whitehorse General Hospital, Whitehorse
47. North Bay Regional Health Centre, North Bay
48. Penticton Regional Hospital, Penticton
49. Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, Chatham
50. Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie
51. Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney
52. Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro
53. Battlefords Union Hospital, North Battleford
54. Etobicoke General Hospital, Etobicoke
55. Queensway-Carleton Hospital, Ottawa
56. Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga
57. Chilliwack Hospital, Chilliwack
58. Stettler Hospital & Care Centre, Stettler
59. Aberdeen Regional Hospital, Pictou County
60. Yorkton Regional Health Centre, Yorkton
61. St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto
62. Michael Garron Hospital, Toronto

Grants & Matches

The Sandra Schmirler 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 grants or matches.

The purpose of a grant is to provide funds to the Hospital Foundation to help the hospital purchase life-saving equipment for its NICU. Hospitals rely on a variety of methods to generate the funds needed to pay for equipment. The bulk of this responsibility typically falls to a hospital’s Foundation, which works within their comminity to raise the necessary funds through individual and corporate donations.

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.

Grants are also provided to Hospital Foundations in communities that host the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and Grand Slam of Curling events.

It is important that the request for funding identify how the Sandra Schmirler Foundation will be acknowledged and what recognition will be provided. Grant requests must be submitted in PDF format and emailed to Tanya Martin before January 1. A response will be provided shortly after our fiscal year-end, June 30.

Matches may be requested by individuals, groups or Hospital Foundations. Contact Tanya and submit a proposal for matching funds for a community fundraising event. The matching dollars will be paid to the Hospital Foundation. 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 newborn intensive care unit or paediatrics unit. Requests can be made at any time during the year and will be reviewed and a decision made within 90 days of receiving the proposal. The match will be an identified maximum amount and a third party agreement may be required.

You’ve helped award nearly $4.9 million to NICUs across Canada. Our 2020 Donor Impact Report is available for download and is our way of showing you how your donations are saving lives and changing lives. The smallest of impacts often make a huge difference.

These $5,000 Junior Curling Scholarships are funded entirely through Crowd Sweeps™ at curling events. No tax receipted donor dollars are used to fund Spirit of Sandra Scholarships.  Championship curlers volunteer their time to help these young curlers realize their own dreams and mentor the successful applicants. Each year, the Scholars gather at a camp in Winnipeg to get to know one another. The bonds that develop are strong. They share monthly updates on their studies and curling successes. They also do double time as “Junior Fundraisers”. Each one holds a fundraiser for the Foundation in their local communities.

“The best part of being a Spirit of Sandra Scholar is the opportunities you receive; hosting your own fundraiser, being mentored by Champion curlers, meeting new people, and helping the Sandra Schmirler Foundation achieve its mission and aspirations. The close-knit friendships I’ve made with the other scholars have been amazing. And, being able to help continue Sandra’s legacy has been an absolute honour.”

– Kyle Barron, Sandra Schmirler Scholar

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