Grants & Scholarships

The Royal University Hospital (RUH) Foundation provides grants for ongoing education, research, and items for patient care and comfort at RUH. The Foundation also provides funds to the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) for professional development. These grants are available to staff at Royal University Hospital and the SHA, and are reviewed and approved by the Board.

Since incorporation in 1983, RUH Foundation has invested more than $60,000,000 in grants for capital expenditures, as well as in support of the following grants:

RUH Foundation HUG Grants

The HUG Fund—Helping, Understanding, Giving—was introduced in 2006, and provides the “softer” side of care. HUG Fund Grant applications should improve the quality of care for patients during a hospital stay or support staff morale initiatives. The HUG Fund is supported through generous donations to the Royal University Hospital Foundation by individual and corporate donors including Orano’s Wish Fund, The Jarret Stoll Endowment and other designated funds.

What does HUG Fund?

The HUG Fund will provide funding to RUH departments and units for:

    • Equipment, furniture or items (usually under $5,000) that are not on, or may not be funded through, the SHA capital equipment list and items to which department operating and designated funds are not available. Note: If donor support is available in your departments designated account please access these funds to purchase the item.
    • Minor renovations and improvements to family rooms and waiting rooms in patient areas.
    • Programs or projects that improve quality of care or access to care for patients, family members and visitors to RUH.
    • Special initiatives to enhance staff morale
    • Innovative projects.  Please call to discuss your idea prior to applying for the grant.

Who Should Apply?

  • Any staff member may apply with the approval of his/her department or unit Manager and Director
    Note: applications without both signatures will not be reviewed
  • Priority will be given to requests with no alternate source of funding and/or applications demonstrating matching funding
  • Please provide a compelling case for support including stats, information and photos for the HUG Fund Granting sub-committee to evaluate why your request is important and should be funded
  • Partnerships between patient care groups are encouraged
  • Only one application from the same Department or Unit will be accepted at each intake

Who is Eligible?

  • Any department or program located at RUH, or historically considered a part of RUH is eligible to apply. This includes Alvin Buckwold Children’s Centre, MHAS Youth Services, and Calder Centre.
  • Applications must include Materials Management quotes. Retail quotes will not be accepted unless approved/obtained by Materials Management. When seeking a quote for HUG items, please contact the purchaser for your department to obtain an approved quote.  Shipping, taxes, brokerage as well as any other fees must be added on to this quote.

What is Not Eligible?

  • If you have received a previous HUG Grant and have not returned your evaluation form.
  • Items that would benefit only a single patient, individual staff, education or training.
  • Applications that do not include quotes approved by Materials Management.
  • Equipment that triggers maintenance obligations (unless you have signed approval from SHA).
  • Applications that provide an estimated cost. In order to avoid over/underfunding, we will only accept exact quotes.
  • Staff room renovations and or furniture as per SHA space policy.

Applications for 2018/2019 are now available with a deadline of February 8, 2019. Please click here for an application.

Click here to see the August 2018 awarded HUG Grants.

RUH Foundation Scholarships

The RUH Foundation is committed to supporting staff, nurses, practising caregivers, or post-doctoral fellows with access to funding to upgrade their skills or further their education, thus enabling them to assume leadership positions in the provision of health care.

Funding comes from donors to the RUH Foundation including individuals, organizations, and corporations. Awards will be made annually in June or until all scholarship funding is depleted.

Candidates must be full-time or permanent part-time employees of Saskatchewan Health Authority, with the majority of their work time at RUH or historical RUH programs including Alvin Buckwold Child Development Program, Mental Health and Addiction Services, and Integrated Community Services. Candidates must submit a letter of reference from a supervisor or manager who has observed their clinical proficiency, attesting to their potential to make a significant contribution to healthcare. Applicants must also submit official proof of admission or registration and validated statement of program costs.

Selection will be based on criteria, the letter of reference, professional goals as outlined, and overall quality of the application. Applicants must have demonstrated initiative in the accomplishment of professional goals, well-developed interpersonal skills, and demonstrated expertise in clinical practices.

The application period for 2018 has now passed.

RUH Foundation Research Grants

The RUH Foundation Research Grant Program supports clinically relevant research projects that will ultimately benefit patients who are, for the most part, treated at Royal University Hospital.

Eligible applicants include:

  • Saskatchewan Health Authority-Royal University Hospital allied health care professionals, nurses and physicians with clinical practice at RUH and who are eligible to hold funds at the U of S
  • University of Saskatchewan residents and fellows based at RUH as co-applicants with a primary supervisor
  • University of Saskatchewan faculty whose study outcomes have direct clinical impact on programs managed primarily at RUH
  • Collaborative projects are encouraged
  • Priority will be given to research projects demonstrating clear clinical application
  • Applicants who demonstrate financial support from other sources including funding and project partners

The application period for Research Grants has now closed. Grants will be awarded at the end of March, 2019.

Click here to see the 2017-2018 awarded Research Grants.

Professional Development Fund

This fund supports professional development for employees of the Saskatchewan Health Authority by funding participation in seminars, conferences, and workshops that advance job knowledge, skills, and qualifications.

The Professional Development Fund is administered by Organizational Learning & Effectiveness. Applications for funding are found online through the Infonet.

If you experience difficulty, please contact Organizational Learning & Effectiveness at 306.655.3966.

For more information on the professional development fund please click here.

RUH Foundation Community Mental Health Endowment Granting Program

Thanks to the generosity of donors to the Future in Mind Campaign, the Royal University Hospital Foundation is able to offer Community Mental Health Endowment (CMHE) grants. This program was established to provide funding that will enhance and bridge the services provided by Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), U of S and SHA-affiliated Community-Based Organizations (CBOs). CMHE grants are for projects that typically would not receive funding from capital or operating budgets.

The application for 2018/2019 CMHE Grants has now passed. Funding will be for the fiscal period April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020. All of the funding awarded to the successful applicants must be used before March 31, 2020.

For further information, contact the RUH Foundation office at 306.655.1984 or by email.

Woman Leading Philanthropy Grant

The Women Leading Philanthropy Grant is designed to fund innovative health-care initiatives led by female physicians, practitioners and researchers at Royal University Hospital with a goal to inspire transformative advancements in health care, while furthering women’s leadership in health.

Applications for the 2019–2020 Women Leading Philanthropy $100,000 grant are now being accepted. Please review the Process Guidelines before submitting Part A and Part B of the application. The deadline to submit applications is May 14, 2019, by 4 p.m.


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