2017 Call for Adjudication Committee Applications

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2017 CALL FOR ADJUDICATION COMMITTEE APPLICATIONS!

The Community Initiatives Fund is inviting applications from individuals throughout Saskatchewan who are interested in serving on one of our four Adjudication Committees! The Adjudication Committees will be responsible for reviewing applications to our Community Grant Program and making grant recommendations to the CIF Board of Directors. 

Please find the details and application form here

To apply, send your completed application form to mleisle@cifsask.org by Dec 1, 2017. 

If you have any questions about the adjudication committee application process or requirements, contact Matt Leisle at 306.780.9397 or mleisle@cifsask.org.


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Saskatchewan's Community Initiatives Fund (www.cifsask.org) is a Special Purpose Fund created through The Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation Act and is accountable to the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport. Our programs are funded through a portion of the Regina and Moose Jaw casino profits.

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This Privacy Policy demonstrates our commitment to your privacy and the security and protection of your contact information. The CIF will not share or sell your contact information without your permission or unless ordered by a court of law. Our records indicate you have registered with the Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) or you have applied for a program grant through the CIF. 

Questions? Email admin@cifsask.org.
Address: 105 - 2550 12th Ave.
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Enews November 2017

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Is the Community Initiatives Fund in your community yet?

CIF supports community projects that enhance the quality of life for children, youth, and adults of all ages. Projects may involve early childhood development, youth programming, volunteer leadership, physical activity, and Aboriginal inclusion.


Next Application Deadline: February 1, 2018

Thinking of applying to our Community Grant Program Summer Grants? The next deadline is midnight February 1. Please refer to the guidelines before applying.

Summer Grants: Support activities for children and youth that occur between May 1 & August 31. The types of projects typically supported include summer camps and day programming during the summer months that offer positive recreation, arts, culture and learning opportunities. Annual Deadline: February 1.

Community Grant Program: Community grants that enhance the health and wellbeing of Saskatchewan's children, youth and families. Annual Deadlines: April 1 & October 1.

As a reminder, the Community Places and Spaces Program has ended. 
Please note that capital projects are not eligible under the Community Grant Program.  


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2017 CALL FOR ADJUDICATION COMMITTEE APPLICATIONS!

The Community Initiatives Fund is inviting applications from individuals throughout Saskatchewan who are interested in serving on one of our four Adjudication Committees! The Adjudication Committees will be responsible for reviewing applications to our Community Grant Program and making grant recommendations to the CIF Board of Directors. 

Please find the details and application form here

To apply, send your completed application form to mleisle@cifsask.org by Dec 1, 2017. 

If you have any questions about the adjudication committee application process or requirements, contact Matt Leisle at 306.780.9397 or mleisle@cifsask.org.


Feature Story: Reno Rascals After School Program

The CIF’s funding support has enabled Reno Rascals Early Learning and Child Care in Consul to reflect upon and enhance their after school programming for school-aged children. Through the assistance of community volunteers they were able to offer a variety of new monthly projects, activities, and learning experiences which sparked a renewed interest for the children to participate. Children had fun learning new skills including Christmas cookie baking and decorating, preparing healthy and nutritious snacks, building with clay, gardening (including seeding, transplanting, making a wicking bed and hoop house), yoga, gymnastics, and soccer. More activities will be offered in the upcoming months!

“The enhanced after school program supports our young families and their school-age children within the community and surrounding area of Consul,” shared Jean Wenaas, Director. “Parents can be at ease while they are working or away from home knowing that their children are safe, willing, and happily participating in our after school program.”

For the full story, click here
For a list of previous Feature Stories, click here

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Resources & Events:

 Saskatchewan Multicultural Week 
Saskatchewan Multicultural Week takes place November 18 - 26. This year’s theme and campaign is once again “Who’s Your Multicultural Superhero? and it runs from November 1-30. You are invited to help celebrate by sharing who your multicultural superhero is and why. Every year MCoS provides a resource called 'Building Welcoming Communities' that provides ideas, related to the campaign theme, on how to make your community more welcoming and inclusive. You can access previous versions until they reveal this year's resource. Read more

2017 Saskatchewan GSA Summit 
OUTSaskatoon and fYrefly in Schools are excited to host the second annual Saskatchewan Gay-Straight Alliance Summit. This event, to be held November 18, will be an exciting opportunity for students and advisors from across the province to come together, meet one another, and develop new skills that will make their GSAs successful, strategic, sustainable, and more inclusive! Read more

Research Study on the Leadership of Nonprofit Boards
The Alliance’s Governance Affinity Group is looking for current nonprofit board chairs, vice chairs, other officers and committee chairs to complete this 15-minute survey. Participants who complete the survey will receive a copy of the report. Please distribute this widely to your board, your clients, or others that are serving in these roles. Read more

Not-For-Profit Compensation Study 
The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC), along with Mercer Canada, is conducting a National Compensation Study for Management and Administration in Not-for-Profit Arts Organizations, in order to update information critical to recruitment, retention and human resource planning in the cultural sector. Over 2,000 organizations in the sector will be invited to participate in the research but the survey will also be available on CHRC's website. Read more

Attracting, Motivating & Retaining Volunteers in Today’s Landscape 
The competition to attract devoted, well-connected and passionate volunteers is fierce. Over the past 10 years, charities have searched for ways to secure the time, commitment and connections of key volunteers. Patti Lauzon, Director of Alumni Affairs and Donor Communications, University of Windsor shares 10 tips to bring a volunteer program out of the dark ages and into the light. Read more

Sask Resources Available: Animal Safekeeping 
The Saskatchewan SPCA has released two brochures to provide information for individuals and service providers to help with animal safekeeping. What You Need to Know About the Link is targeted to people who may be experiencing violence, the link to animal abuse and advice to create a safety plan if you have pets. Also available is a Resource Guide for Human Services Professionals: Understanding the LINK between Animal Abuse and Domestic Violence. Print copies are available by contacting leanne@sspca.ca. 

 


Other Funding Sources:  

Student Wellbeing for Systems Change Fund (Deadline: November 17, 2017)
The Student Wellbeing for Systems Change Fund is a new granting opportunity from the McConnell Foundation. School districts, groups of schools, and organizations working within the education system are invited to apply for projects dedicated to both improving student social and emotional wellbeing and addressing barriers to longer-term, deeper impact. Read more.

Community Investment Grant Program
The City of Regina’s program supports non-profit organizations to deliver programming, projects and services that improve the quality of life for residents. Funding is available under three streams with application deadlines as follows: Social development: Feb 6, 2018 | Sport & recreation: Feb 14, 2018 | Culture: Feb 22, 2018. Read more

Public Art Stimulus Partnership Fund in Prince Albert (Deadline: March 15, 2018)
The City of Prince Albert invites applications to its new Public Art Stimulus Partnership Fund. The purpose of the fund is to have an allocation of funds to support one to two partnership project(s) per year that can assist a Prince Albert professional arts organization, or a business or non-profit organization partnering with a professional artist, to complete a public art project. Read more
 


CIF Grant Tip: 
Tips when Considering an External Fundraiser or Grantwriter

As non-profit organizations continue to evolve and change, many seek the assistance of external fundraisers and grantwriters. While CIF dollars cannot be used for these expenses, organizations are free to contract others to assist with their CIF grant applications. Here are a few tips to keep in mind if your organization is considering contracting the services of an external fundraiser or grantwriter: 

Be clear about the fees you are paying the contractor before any work is done. Ensure that this information is in writing and signed by both sides. 

Fundraisers or grantwriter should not be paid commission. Commissions or percentage based fees can impact the trust of donors and grantors, and create an environment for self-gain instead of achieving the vision of the organization. Standards set out by both Imagine Canada and Canadian Fundraising Executive International do not allow for commissions. Doing so may affect an organization’s charity status with the Canada Revenue Agency. 

Be clear on details like your involvement, timelines, and risks. Contracting a fundraiser or grantwriter may not lighten your workload, and results will likely not be immediate. The fundraiser or grantwriter should be open and honest about what will be required from your organization, and about the risks if things don’t go according to plan. 

Get references from other organizations the contractor has worked with. A track record of satisfied clients will help you to know who you are doing business with. 

Ensure a free flow of information between both of you. Your contractor will need to be an effective storyteller to solicit grants and donations, which means they will need the right information from your organization to do so. 

Review and approve all grant applications, donation letters, and other communications the fundraiser or grantwriter is submitting on your behalf. 

For more information, check out the following articles: 

 


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Saskatchewan's Community Initiatives Fund (www.cifsask.org) is a Special Purpose Fund created through The Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation Act and is accountable to the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport. Our programs are funded through a portion of the Regina and Moose Jaw casino profits.


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This Privacy Policy demonstrates our commitment to your privacy and the security and protection of your contact information. The CIF will not share or sell your contact information without your permission or unless ordered by a court of law. Our records indicate you have registered with the Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) or you have applied for a program grant through the CIF. 

Questions? Email admin@cifsask.org.
Address: 105 - 2550 12th Ave.
Subscribe here. Unsubscribe here.


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Is the Community Initiatives Fund in your community yet?

CIF supports community projects that enhance the quality of life for children, youth, and adults of all ages. Projects may involve early childhood development, youth programming, volunteer leadership, physical activity, Aboriginal inclusion, and community celebrations.


Next Application Deadline: February 1, 2018

Thinking of applying to our Community Grant Program Summer Grants? The next deadline is midnight February 1. Please refer to the guidelines before applying.

Summer Grant: Support activities for children and youth that occur between May 1 & August 31. The types of projects typically supported include summer camps and day programming during the summer months that offer positive recreation, arts, culture and learning opportunities. Annual Deadline: February 1.

Community Grant Program: Community grants that enhance the health and wellbeing of Saskatchewan's children, youth and families. Annual Deadlines: April 1 & October 1.

As a reminder, the Community Places and Spaces Program has ended. 
Please note that capital projects are not eligible under the Community Grant Program.  


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Saskatchewan Nonprofit Organizations Research Survey

Only a few days remaining! Participate in the Saskatchewan Nonprofit Organizations Research Survey to help gather baseline data about the size, scope, and contributions of the sector. The survey is intended to gather information to better understand and collectively communicate the scope and impact of our sector. Survey questions focus on human resources (paid and unpaid), financial, audiences served, and trends. This survey is being undertaken by Insightrix Research on behalf of the Saskatchewan Nonprofit Partnership. 

To receive the survey link, please contact Tasha.Moskal@insightrix.com or visit www.sasknonprofit.ca for more information.


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2017 CALL FOR ADJUDICATION COMMITTEE APPLICATIONS!

The Community Initiatives Fund is inviting applications from individuals throughout Saskatchewan who are interested in serving on one of our four Adjudication Committees! The Adjudication Committees will be responsible for reviewing applications to our Community Grant Program and making grant recommendations to the CIF Board of Directors. 

Please find the details and application form here

To apply, send your completed application form to mleisle@cifsask.org by Dec 1, 2017. 

If you have any questions about the adjudication committee application process or requirements, contact Matt Leisle at 306.780.9397 or mleisle@cifsask.org.
 


Feature Story: Aerobic Powwow Program

The Thomson Aerobic Powwow Program was offered weekly and focused on improving the cardiovascular health, balance, and strength of participants through teachings of the rigorous routines of powwow dance. Sessions were conducted by Terrance Littletent, a former world champion Hoop Dancer, who also educated participants on the regalia, meaning, and origin of traditional First Nation dances. 

This unique program increased the physical activity level of participants, promoted and encouraged a healthy lifestyle, provided access to free recreational programming, encouraged community participation, and educated participants on Aboriginal culture and identity.

For the full story, click here
For a list of previous Feature Stories, click here

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Resources & Events:

SARC Fall Conference 2017 – October 25-26 
Registration is open for the SARC Fall Conference in Saskatoon. Join SARC as they explore a variety of topics for nonprofit managers and Board Directors. Sessions include The Executive Director and Board Relationship; Mindfulness: Well-being and Effectiveness at Work; Conflict Resolution and How to Have Difficult Conversations; and more! To learn more about the conference or to register online, click here

The ELEVATE Experience – Redvers Activity Centre 
Learn how Redvers Activity Centre's ELEVATE experience has impacted their Board. With new and experienced Directors, the program has really helped to ensure everyone is on the same page. To watch the video click here. To learn more about ELEVATE, click here

Leading with Intent 2017 
BoardSource's biennial study has been released. Formerly known as the Nonprofit Governance Index, Leading with Intent takes an in-depth look at the current practices and trends of nonprofit boards. Read more

Oh, Canada: Nonprofit Professionals and Decolonization (Part 1) 

How can nonprofits support Reconciliation and decolonization? To further the discussion and support the process, Charity Village is pleased to present this interview with Jada-Gabrielle Pape (Saanich and Snuneymuxw Nations) and Katherine (Kat) Dodds, co-creators of Drawing Wisdom, a collaborative initiative of creative agency Hello Cool World. Also included in the interview is Ryann Miller, director of nonprofit services for Care2. Read more

Where Are We Now? Surveying the Field 2017 
In the spring of 2015, the SPRA conducted a province-wide survey to learn how parks and recreation affect the quality of life in Saskatchewan. Surveys of this kind have been conducted in provinces across Canada, however SPRA had no similar or recent data for Saskatchewan. New baseline data was needed to understand how people in Saskatchewan think about the sector and its impact on their way of life. Read more

Framework for Recreation in Canada 
SPRA would like to hear your feedback on the implementation of the Framework for Recreation in Canada in your communities and organizations. Please send them any success stories or best practices, and they will highlight them on their website and social media profiles. By sharing these examples, we can help each other to create sustainable, long-term solutions to the challenges facing the recreation sector in our province. Read more

Towards Quality Mental Health Services in Canada Report 
This new study compares mental health care across five provinces and has found that young people between 16 and 24 years old have more challenges than other age groups in getting mental health and addiction services. The study also finds that young people, especially between the ages of 15 and 19, have the highest rates of suicide attempts of any age group, with significantly higher rates in Manitoba. Read more

 


Other Funding Sources:  

SaskFestivals (Project Deadline: October 15, 2017) 
The SaskFestivals program supports and encourages eligible festival organizations in the province that have a positive impact on the arts in Saskatchewan. This includes financial support for their artistic programs and services and governance, management, administrative and operational functions. Read more

Indigenous/Metis Art and Artists (Deadline: October 15, 2017)
Independent Artists Projects support Indigenous artists to work independently on their own artistic/cultural practice, either in a traditional or contemporary art form. Community Projects support Indigenous artists and Traditional Knowledge Keepers/Elders to share their art, skills and teachings with their communities through activities such as workshops, gatherings or mentorships. Read more

The Orange Door Awards: Grants to Help End Youth Homelessness 
The Home Depot Canada Foundation is now accepting grant applications from registered Canadian charities for The Orange Door Awards programs that support the work of charitable organization dedicated to helping put an end to youth homeless in Canada. Read more.

 


CIF Grant Tip: Grant Review Process

 The following process will occur within 2 months of the application deadline: 

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  1. The grant application is received. 

  2. The CIF Grants Administrator reviews all applications to confirm that basic eligibility requirements are met and the application is complete. Applicants may be contacted by the CIF Grants Administrator to provide clarification or further detail on their budget or proposed project. 

  3. Eligible applications are forwarded to the relevant Adjudication Committee, based on the location and/or type of project. The CIF's Adjudication Committees are composed of volunteers from across the province with a range of knowledge and experience relevant to the CIF's funding objectives. Adjudication committees are responsible for reviewing applications and making grant recommendations to the CIF Board. 

  4. Recommendations from the Adjudication Committees are forwarded to the CIF Board for final consideration and approval. 

  5. Applicants receive written notification of the outcomes of their funding requests within 2 months of the application deadline. 


Funding recommendations are based on a competitive, merit-based process. CIF program funding is limited, and not every eligible application may receive funding. The amount approved for each project may be less than the amount requested and is based on how closely the project meets grant criteria, eligible expenses, the number of requests received, and consideration for providing support across the province. If awarded a grant, you will be required to sign and return a funding agreement. Alternatively, your application may be declined or you may be asked to provide more information and reapply. 

If you have any questions, visit the Review Process on our website. If this does not answer your question, please contact our Grants Administrator, Rhonda Newton, at 306.780.9308 or rnewton@cifsask.org


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Saskatchewan's Community Initiatives Fund (www.cifsask.org) is a Special Purpose Fund created through The Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation Act and is accountable to the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport. Our programs are funded through a portion of the Regina and Moose Jaw casino profits.


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This Privacy Policy demonstrates our commitment to your privacy and the security and protection of your contact information. The CIF will not share or sell your contact information without your permission or unless ordered by a court of law. Our records indicate you have registered with the Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) or you have applied for a program grant through the CIF. 

Questions? Email admin@cifsask.org.
Address: 105 - 2550 12th Ave.
Subscribe here. Unsubscribe here.
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October 1 Grant Deadline Reminder

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Next Application Deadline: October 1, 2017

Thinking of applying to our Community Grant Program? The next deadline is midnight October 1. 

You are strongly encouraged to read the guidelines before completing your application. You can find the guidelines as well as the Application Guide and Sample Application to help you through the grant writing process hereThe Community Grant Program supports projects and initiatives that: 

  • provide positive opportunities for children and youth to grow and develop skills, self-esteem, and a healthy lifestyle; 
  • ensure families have access to support and resources to create healthy, caring and safe environments; 
  • celebrate the accomplishments of Saskatchewan communities; 
  • encourage and support individuals to become involved as active citizens, volunteers, and community leaders; and 
  • strengthen Saskatchewan’s nonprofit sector. 
As a reminder, the Community Places and Spaces Program has ended. Please note that capital projects are not eligible under the Community Grant Program. 

We encourage you to submit your application well before the deadline to allow time for questions and avoid technology snags. Apply here. If you have any questions while you are completing your application, please refer to the Guidelines, Application Guide, and Sample Application here. If these documents do not answer your question, please contact our Grants Administrator, Rhonda Newton, at 306.780.9308 or rnewton@cifsask.org

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Saskatchewan's Community Initiatives Fund (www.cifsask.org) is a Special Purpose Fund created through The Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation Act and is accountable to the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport. Our programs are funded through a portion of the Regina and Moose Jaw casino profits.

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This Privacy Policy demonstrates our commitment to your privacy and the security and protection of your contact information. The CIF will not share or sell your contact information without your permission or unless ordered by a court of law. Our records indicate you have registered with the Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) or you have applied for a program grant through the CIF. 

Questions? Email admin@cifsask.org.
Address: 105 - 2550 12th Ave.
Subscribe here. Unsubscribe here.

Posted in CIF News

Enews September 2017

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Is the Community Initiatives Fund in your community yet?

 CIF supports community projects that enhance the quality of life for children, youth, and adults of all ages. Projects may involve early childhood development, youth programming, volunteer leadership, physical activity, Aboriginal inclusion, and community celebrations.


Next Application Deadline: October 1, 2017

 Thinking of applying to our Community Grant Program? The next deadline is midnight October 1. Please refer to the guidelines before applying.

Community Grant Program: Community grants that enhance the health and wellbeing of Saskatchewan's children, youth and families. Annual Deadlines: April 1 & October 1.

Summer Grant: Support activities for children and youth that occur between May 1 & August 31. The types of projects typically supported include summer camps and day programming during the summer months that offer positive recreation, arts, culture and learning opportunities. Annual Deadline: February 1.

As a reminder, the Community Places and Spaces Program has ended. 
Please note that capital projects are not eligible under the Community Grant Program.  


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Saskatchewan Nonprofit Organizations Research Survey

 Are you a Saskatchewan Nonprofit? Make your voice count! Participate in the Saskatchewan Nonprofit Organizations Research Survey to help gather baseline data about the size, scope, and contributions of the sector. The survey is intended to gather information to better understand and collectively communicate the scope and impact of our sector. Survey questions focus on human resources (paid and unpaid), financial, audiences served, and trends. This survey is being undertaken by Insightrix Research on behalf of the Saskatchewan Nonprofit Partnership. To receive the survey link, please contact Tasha.Moskal@insightrix.com or visit www.sasknonprofit.ca for more information.

Please share this survey with your networks and through Facebook and Twitter!


Feature Story: 2017 P.A.R.T.Y Program, Safe Communities Humboldt & Area

 The P.A.R.T.Y. (Prevent Alcohol & Risk Related Trauma in Youth) Program Day is a full day session where students follow the paths of injury survivors and meet professionals involved in trauma situations. Paramedics, RCMP, Therapists, Emergency Room Nurses, and Addictions Counselors assist students in experiencing the difficult journey of a trauma patient. Students have hands-on experience with the equipment used in trauma care and rehabilitation. They have the opportunity to witness a mock crash scene and learn about the harsh realities of not only sustaining an injury but other potential consequences of being involved in a vehicle crash. They also visit a local funeral home and morgue and hear from a coroner. To end the day, injury and trauma survivors share with students their own personal experiences as they describe their lives, before and after the injury and trauma. 

For the full story, click here
For a list of previous Feature Stories, click here

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Resources & Events:

 Leap Registration Dates 
The deadline to register for SARC’s Leap program is Friday, September 8. If you’re interested in registering for individual Leap sessions, you can do so starting on Friday, September 1. Learn more about this management skills development program and the variety of sessions available, including topics in human resources, communications, and labour relations. Read more

Community Foundations Get Ready for Vital Signs Week in October 
38 community foundations across Canada are getting set for this year’s Vital Signs week taking place October 2-6. Over five days, foundations will launch local reports and host conversations about the well-being and sustainability of their communities. Community Foundations of Canada will also wrap up a three-part series on belonging this October with the release of its 2017 national Vital Signs report. Looking at the “systems” that influence belonging in our communities, the report will highlight a different area of focus each day during Vital Signs week. Further readings include Tracking Vital Signs for the Communal and Global Good and Vital Signs and the Sustainable Development Goals

UAKN Research Podcast Series 
The Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network has decided to launch a podcast series to highlight community driven research in the form of storytelling. The goal of these podcasts is to provide an in-depth perspective on how community driven research occurs on the ground and the importance that relationships and partnerships play in this process. These projects are creating community impacts on the ground while also providing policy recommendations that aim to further contribute to a better life for urban Aboriginal peoples in Canada. Read more

Re-focus, Re-group & Review – How to Prepare the Board for a Busy Fall 
Coming back from summer always feels like a fresh start. Optimize this renewed energy with the Board of Directors by having a strong plan in place for the busy months ahead.  Start the fall off right, by focusing on Board development. Keep the “3 R’s” in mind – Re-focus, Re-group, Review, when getting going. Read more

Connecting with Nature 
This collection from the Leisure Information Network looks at various ways to connect with nature, whether through school programs, municipal strategies, conservation efforts, and more, as well as the many benefits of nature connection, such as economic, social, health, ecological and others. Read more

Welcoming and Inclusive Communities Toolkit 
The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS) is excited to announce that Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) has partnered with MCoS on the Welcoming and Inclusive Communities (WIC) initiative and endorsed the Welcoming and Inclusive Communities (WIC) Toolkit as a “strong tool for Saskatchewan hometowns to move forward” (SUMA Statement). The WIC toolkit boasts a Saskatchewan perspective and multiple success stories taken from bigger centres to smaller municipalities in the province. Read more

My Cat Makes Me Happy: What Canada’s Youth Told Us About Their Well-being 
A new UNICEF Canada report highlights what Canada’s youth consider critical to their well-being. Among the insights, holistic health and a sense of belonging top the list. In My Cat Makes Me Happy, UNICEF Canada outlines the findings of workshops held across Canada to learn directly from youth what well-being means to them, and to gain a better sense about what it’s like to grow up in Canada. Read more

 


Other Funding Sources:  

 SaskFestivals (Deadline: October 15, 2017) 
The SaskFestivals program supports and encourages eligible festival organizations in the province that have a positive impact on the arts in Saskatchewan. This includes financial support for their artistic programs and services and governance, management, administrative and operational functions. Read more

Indigenous Pathways Initiative (Deadline: October 15, 2017) 
Independent Artists Projects support Indigenous artists to work independently on their own artistic/cultural practice, either in a traditional or contemporary art form. Community Projects support Indigenous artists and Traditional Knowledge Keepers/Elders to share their art, skills and teachings with their communities through activities such as workshops, gatherings or mentorships. Read more

 


CIF Grant Tip: Grant Application Checklist

CIF’s next grant deadline is coming up on October 1, 2017. We put together a checklist of things to remember as you fill out your application. 

Guidelines. You are strongly encouraged to read the guidelines before completing your application. You can find the guidelines as well as the Application Guide and Sample Application to help you through the grant writing process here

Online Application. We accept online applications only. The online application allows you to save work as you go so you can come back to your application as many times as you need before submitting. Be sure to click 'submit' when you finished completing your application.

Deadline. Our next application deadline is October 1, 2017. Be sure to start your application early and submit it with ample time to ensure there are no technology snags – they do happen! 

Contact Information. Be sure your contact information is correct. We may need to contact you for additional information about your grant, and will be informing you if your application has been successful by using the contact information you provide. 

Executive Summary. The executive summary is the first section that will be read in a grant proposal. The summary should explain the community problem and your proposed solution. Ensure you express the need of your program and the results you aim to achieve. Although it is listed at the beginning of your application, consider completing the summary last, as the summary provides the overview of the entire grant proposal. The summary of your proposed project must be clear and concise. You may also include a short description of your organization, but keep in mind CIF’s maximum word count of 500 words. Once you have completed the summary, be sure to do the Litmus Test by asking yourself: “if a person read only this description, would they be able to understand the entire intent and scope of the project?” 

Budget. The budget in your application is no different than any budget in that it needs to balance! When completing the budget in your CIF application form, please make sure that the total Grant Request amount matches the CIF Total Expenses Budget amount. Make sure your project’s expenses do not start until after December 1, 2017. It is important that you include the CIF grant when you are listing both potential and confirmed revenue sources for your project. When listing estimated Project Expenses, make sure that you provide a brief explanation of what it is that you are requesting funding for. For example, for Staff Salaries, make sure to tell us what staff you are requesting funding for. Furthermore, for Project Supplies, list what you are planning on purchasing (e.g., sports equipment, craft supplies, etc.). 

Overhead Expenses. A maximum of 20% of your CIF grant can go toward overhead expenses. Keep in mind, the final percent (up to 20%) for overhead expenses is determined based on the final grant approved. Overhead is defined as: supervision, accounting fees, administration, insurance, rent, repairs, office supplies, telephone, utilities, and fundraising expenses – those expenses generally incurred by an organization to maintain operations. You must include your request for overhead expense funding in the budget section of your grant application form. Claiming overhead is optional for applicants. Invoices or receipts for overhead costs are notrequired to claim overhead expenses. 

In-Kind Goods or Services. In-kind support indicates that there is community support for your project, so this is an important part of your application. In-kind goods and services are contributions that other organizations or businesses in your community are providing free of charge or at a reduced rate to your project. This could include project supplies, professional services, facility and equipment rentals, etc. Please note that in-kind contributions are listed here and not in the budget. If any in-kind goods or services will be contributed to your project, select ‘Yes’ to this question and provide the name of the person, company or organization, a brief description of their contribution, and its value. If volunteers will be involved in your project, indicate the number of people that will be volunteering, and a brief description of how they will be involved. 

If you have any questions while you are completing your application, please refer to the Guidelines, Application Guide, and Sample Application here. If these documents do not answer your question, please contact our Grants Administrator, Rhonda Newton, at 306.780.9308 or rnewton@cifsask.org. 


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Saskatchewan's Community Initiatives Fund (www.cifsask.org) is a Special Purpose Fund created through The Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation Act and is accountable to the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport. Our programs are funded through a portion of the Regina and Moose Jaw casino profits.


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This Privacy Policy demonstrates our commitment to your privacy and the security and protection of your contact information. The CIF will not share or sell your contact information without your permission or unless ordered by a court of law. Our records indicate you have registered with the Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) or you have applied for a program grant through the CIF. 

Questions? Email admin@cifsask.org.
Address: 105 - 2550 12th Ave.
Subscribe here. Unsubscribe here.


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