The Curling Development Fund

The USWCA Curling Development Fund exists to "promote women's and junior curling at a grassroots level by providing funding for special projects and programs."  This reflects the Mission Statement of the USWCA - "To develop, nurture, and promote the sport of curling among today's women and all youth."

This development fund must be used by USWCA female members in good standing and junior curlers affiliated with a USWCA member club.  Associate members of the USWCA over the age of 18 are not eligible.


Applying for a Grant

The Grant Application can be downloaded, filled out, scanned, and e-mailed to  Send one application per event.  Team members or groups should coordinate together to submit one application.  

The committee accepts grant applications throughout the year.  Applications are reviewed twice per year coinciding with the Fall (mid-September) and the Winter (mid-February) meetings.  Applications received after the Winter meeting will be reviewed at the Fall Meeting.  Applications received after the Fall meeting will be reviewed at the Winter meeting.  Applicants will be notified of their grant application status following each meeting.


Sending a Gift

Donations can be sent to the Comptroller at the following address:

United States Women's Curling Association - Curling Development Fund

P. O. Box 482

Racine, WI 53401


Make a donation of at least $5 (plus shipping and handling) to the Curling Development Fund and, on request, received a cute Chick Curling pin.

A must in anyone's collection.

To order, go to the Contact page and 'Send us a message'.  Mention "Chick Pin" in the message box.



The History of Gifts and Grants

During USWCA's 50th anniversary year, 1997-1998, on the suggestion of the President, Anne Robertson, the Board of Directors of the USWCA voted to create a fund with the expressed purpose of supporting women's curling at the grassroots club level. The fund was created in response to the growing recognition of the lack of money available to women who wanted to carry out a special project within their club or region, or needed financial assistance with travel expenses. It was also noted that fewer female teams were entering bonspiels compared to their male counterparts. Unfortunately, this may still be true today.

The fund was originally named "The Future Fund" by Edieann Biesbrock Didham to express the intent that grants from the Fund would help promote women's curling in the future. The Fund was renamed The Women's Curling Development Fund (WCDF) in September 2007, to more clearly express the purpose of this Fund.  In 2017, the fund was again renamed to the Curling Development Fund, managed by the Gifts and Grants Committee to better reflect our Mission Statement and the purpose of the committee that distributes funds.

The Curling Development Fund has grown slowly but steadily with gifts made mostly in memory of past curlers. Some honorarium or in gratitude gifts have also been received. Since the Fund may only give out, in one year, 20% of its book value of the preceding year, the Gifts and Grants Committee encourages everyone to donate to the Fund so that larger grants can be awarded in the future. For information on how to make a gift, see the side bar to the right on this page.  All contributions are tax deductible.

The goal is to build a "target foundation" while awarding modest grants.  Once the target foundation is met, the fund may increase the percentage of budget, but never to exceed 20% of its value in a calendar year (as determined at the close of the USWCA books in May of the prior year.)

The Fund operates as a reimbursement fund; it repays the grant recipient(s) after the committee approves and then receives copies of the paid expenses to be covered.

For information on how to apply for a grant, see the side bar to the right on this page. 

Grants have been given for a variety of purposes; for example:

  • to a junior women's team to travel to a Five Year and Under event outside their region
  • to a female coach of a junior team to attend training
  • to pay for ice time for a Women's Five Year and Under event
  • to pay for time clocks for USWCA use

The Gifts and Grants Committee, with the approval of the USWCA Board of Directors, decide how the funds will be distributed to ensure the continuance of women's and junior curling. 

For more information, go to the Contact page and 'Send Us a Message'.  Mention Gifts and Grants in the Message box.


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