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RUH Foundation Grants and scholarships

The Royal University Hospital Foundation provides grants for professional development, ongoing education and items for patient care and comfort at RUH. These grants are available to staff at Royal University Hospital and the Saskatoon Health Region, and are allocated by an independent granting committee. The types of grants offered are as follows:

1. RUH Foundation HUG Grants 

The HUG Fund 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 Areva’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 that are not eligible for the SHR capital equipment list (under $5,000), and items to which department operating and designated funds are not available
  • 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
  • Special initiatives to enhance staff morale
  • Innovative projects not listed above (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.
  • Priority will be given to requests with no alternate source of funding and/or applications demonstrating matching funding.
  • Partnerships between patient care groups are encouraged.
  • Only one application from the same Department or Unit will be reviewed.
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, Youth Services, Calder Centre and Integrated Community Services.

What is Not Eligible?
  • Items that would benefit only a single patient, individual staff,  education or training
  • Equipment that triggers maintenance obligations (unless you have signed approval from SHR)
  • Items that are on the SHR capital list
  • Applications without Materials Management quotes. Retail quotes will not be accepted unless approved/obtained by Materials Management.
  • 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 SHR space policy recommendations.

Typically applications are accepted three times per year with deadlines in August, November and February.

The application period for 2015/2016 has now closed.

View past recipients here.

2. RUH Foundation Scholarships

The RUH Foundation is committed to supporting staff, nurses, practicing 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 SHR with the majority of their work time at RUH or historical RUH programs including KCC, Youth Services, Community Services, McKerracher, Social Work and Mental Health and Addictions Services. Candidates must submit a letter of reference from a supervisor or manager who has observed their academic and 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 nursing practices.

Applications are typically accepted in April of each year.  

Scholarship applications for 2016 are now being accepted. Please click here to complete the 2016 Scholarship Application form.

Past recipients can be viewed here.

3. RUH Foundation Research Grants

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

Eligible Applicants include:

  • SHR–Royal University Hospital allied health care professionals, nurses and physicians with clinical practice at RUH.
  • University of Saskatchewan residents and fellows based at RUH are eligible 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 for 2015/2016 has now closed.

View past recipients here

4. Professional Development Fund 

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

The Professional Development Funding 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,  please contact the RUH Foundation at (306) 655-1984 or by email. For discussions on specific projects, please contact Arla Gustafson at (306) 655-1050 or by email.

5. 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 pleased to offer the Community Mental Health Endowment (CMHE) Granting Program on an annual basis. This program was established to provide funds that enhance and bridge the services provided by SHR, U of S and SHR affiliated Community Based Organizations (CBO's). CMHE grants are for projects that typically would not receive funding from capital or operating budgets.

Grant applications are typically available in September with an October deadline and cover the next fiscal period, April 1st  to March 31st. All of the funding awarded to the successful applicant must be used before March 31st. The application period for 2015-2016 is now closed.

For further information, contact the RUH Foundation office at (306) 655-1984 or by email.




At RUH Foundation, we create excellence in health care by raising funds that anticipate and respond to needs for innovative research, education and patient care at Royal University Hospital.

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