Funding Information & Application

Below you will find everything you need in order to apply for a grant from the Kinsmen Foundation, Saskatchewan's Charity!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Anyone who is a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada AND has a valid Saskatchewan Health Card is welcome to apply.
    • The Kinsmen Foundation will also accept applications from individuals who live in border communities (e.g. Lloydminster, Flin Flon) and do not hold a Saskatchewan Health Card.
    • Please refer to the Application Worksheet for details.
  • The Kinsmen Foundation is a funder of last resort. If you are able to self-fund, crowd-source or have access to other funding programs, please utilize those first.
  • Equipment
    • For Individuals such as mobility equipment, vehicle conversions, outdoor lifts, adaptive technology and home accessibility- just to name a few!
    • For Organizations such as health foundations, group homes, and non-profits, the Kinsmen Foundation would consider funding medical or accessibility equipment that is specialized, new or innovative.
      • The Kinsmen Foundation will not normally consider applications for general operations, maintenance or replacement equipment.
  • Medical Travel
    • For Individuals – funding for travel, meals and accommodations for individuals who are required to access medical treatment outside of their home community, province or country. The medical treatment must be covered by Saskatchewan Health.

The mandate of the Kinsmen Foundation has always included funding to health care facilities and organizations, with the goal of funding new and innovative health care equipment, or improving access to quality health care throughout Saskatchewan. Under Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) rules, the Kinsmen Foundation is required to give a certain percentage of funds raised each year to “qualified donees”, such as other health care foundations. This is known by the CRA as the “disbursement quota.”

When an individual receives a gift of mobility equipment, or travel funding to access treatment away from home, that gift is a miracle for that individual and their family. A gift to a health care facility that improves treatment or access to healthcare has the potential to be a miracle for thousands of people across the province.

Does this mean that fewer individuals will receive funding from the Kinsmen Foundation?

No. Our priority is individuals first, so any organizational application requesting $50,000 or more is automatically tabled to the last meeting of the Foundation’s fiscal year, which is in June. At the June meeting, all individual funding requests are reviewed first, and organization applications are the last item on that meeting’s agenda.

When TeleMiracle has an exceptional year, such as TeleMiracle 46 that raised over $8 million, there may be additional funds available for the Foundation to invest in health care equipment, for the benefit of thousands of Saskatchewan residents.

What are the benefits to funding these organizational requests?

If someone can access better treatment options closer to their home community, they may not need assistance with medical travel funding. If new equipment leads to early detection, less invasive treatment, and faster recovery time, it may reduce the need for mobility equipment in the future. This means there could be more funds available to help other people who are in more urgent need of our help.

The Kinsmen Foundation does have an emergency process for funding if unexpected travel is required prior to the next Board meeting. Typically the process takes 3-4 business days from the time a complete application is received.

Applications are reviewed at one of our 9 meetings per year. Applicants are notified the day after the Board meeting as to the Board’s decision by a volunteer Board Rep. Afterwards you will receive formal letter via mail or email.

The two most common reasons for applications not being approved are:

  • The request is not within the Board’s mandate
    • for example: living expenses, medications, consumables, past expenses
  • The Kinsmen Foundation is not the funder of last resort
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

If the equipment is clean and in good working condition you are encouraged to donate it to someone else in need. Some places to consider are care homes, hospitals and community occupational therapy departments. 

Things to know before you start the application.

  • The online application form can be accessed by clicking on the blue button near the bottom of this page. Please create an account and then sign in to complete the application form.
  • The application itself is fairly lengthy. You can expect to spend around 20-30 minutes filling it out.
    • You can save your form and come back to it as many times as you would like.
  • We recommend using a computer as the application is not yet set up for easy viewing on mobile devices.
  • When you’ve completed the application please  “Review and Submit” then double-check that everything is correct. Finally, click “SUBMIT”. Applications that have not been submitted can not be reviewed.
  • You can save some time by getting all the required documents ready before starting the application. Click here to view the Application Worksheet.
  • If you are unable to complete the online application, please contact Geneen for a paper copy.
  • The Kinsmen Foundation Board of Directors meet 9 times per year.  Please note there are no meetings in March (due to TeleMiracle), July, or August.

Submission Deadline

August 21, 2024
September 18, 2024
October 16, 2024
November 27, 2024
January 8, 2025
February 5, 2025
March 19, 2025
April 24, 2025
June 4, 2025

Meeting Date

September 7, 2024
October 5, 2024
November 2, 2024
December 14, 2024
January 25, 2025
February 22, 2025
April 5, 2025
May 10, 2025
June 21, 2025

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please ensure you have submitted all the required documents via the application website or have the documents sent directly to the Kinsmen Foundation.