Tracey Mann
Executive Director

Welcome to the Community Initiatives Fund!

Many locally-led community projects and programs are being supported through the Saskatchewan Community Initiatives Fund. Our programs contribute to improved quality of life through grants supporting childhood development, positive life choices, active living, volunteerism, community celebrations and facility upgrades!



Updated CIF Guidelines - Effective Immediately

CIF’s guidelines have been updated to improve clarity on what is eligible under CIF’s Community Grant Program. Before completing your grant application, you are strongly encouraged to read the updated guidelines to ensure your expenses are eligible.

Changes to eligibilities include:

  • Honorariums are ineligible, except for those paid to Aboriginal Elders to a maximum of $150/day and elder helpers to a maximum of $50/day. Tobacco may be part of the Elder honorarium, but the total cost of the honorarium and tobacco may not exceed $150/day.
  • Equipment, furniture, and other purchases previously ineligible may be eligible if directly related to the delivery of the project. 

CIF's updated Community Grant Program guidelines: ENGLISH | FRENCH

CIF provides a Sample Application based on a successful Community Grant Program application. It is designed to assist you in the application process by providing an example of what we are looking for in an application. Find the updated Sample Application here.


Feature Story: RISE Program (May 2017)

The Resettlement Initiatives for Support and Empowerment (RISE) is a pilot program designed to help newcomer, immigrant, and refugee families become full participating members of Canadian society through the provision of free and uniquely designed settlement and integration programs and services. The program provides supports to participants and creates opportunities for empowerment. It is divided into two programming streams: Beyond 55 for seniors and the Bridging Program for women.

The RISE project has increased the quality of life of newcomer, immigrant, and refugee seniors and women by enabling them to build social connections among themselves and various community services. Through weekly sessions the participants are provided the opportunity to come together, learn new skills and knowledge, and share their own experiences.

For the full story, click here. 

4.5 Million Awarded to 274 Projects!   (Dec 2016)

The Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) is thrilled to announce that Saskatchewan communities will benefit from 274 grants totaling $4,523,480 from CIF’s October 1st, 2016 deadline. CIF supports initiatives that enhance individual and community quality of life and wellbeing. With CIF support, Saskatchewan communities benefit by having access to local projects that encourage community development, access to programs and services, inclusion, and leadership. Check out our media release for more information as well as the complete list of grant recipients and their projects!

CIF's Community Perspectives Survey Summary 

Early in 2016, CIF undertook a Community Perspectives Survey asking for your feedback and input into CIF’s grant program priorities and administration. We received 543 responses! The information presented in this summary consists of responses from the respondents who took part in this survey. Our Board wishes to thank everyone who took the time to complete the survey. Your comments provided a wealth of information that will inform our planning over the coming year as we strive to remain responsive to community priorities. Check out the summary here. 

Saskatchewan Social Enterprise Sector Survey 2015

The results of the Saskatchewan Social Enterprise Sector Survey 2015 have been released! This is the first profile of social enterprises in Saskatchewan. Social enterprises work in communities to achieve training, income, social, cultural, and environmental mission. They contribute to local economies and growth while striving to address social inequalities. Thank you to everyone who participated in this survey.

Check out the full report hereSimilar surveys have been conducted in other provinces across Canada and the results of these surveys are available here