Enews December 2015

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Dec 2015

Is the Community 
Initiatives Fund in 

 your community yet? 
 

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

 In this e-update:
 
  - Next CIF Deadline: February 1, 2016
  - Call for Adjudication Committee Members!
  - CIF Feature Story: Amisk Lake Youth Program!

  - Resources:

  • GivingTuesday - December 1st
  • Mandatory Long-Form Census Restored 
  • 15 Roles that Volunteer Managers Play
  • Nonprofits Included in Top 100 Employers List 
  - Other Funding Sources:
  • WWF Canada's Loblaw Water Fund
  • Canada Council for the Arts Grant List
  • National Trust for Canada: This Place Matters
  -  CIF Grant Tip: Incorporated vs. Unincorporated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Next Application Deadline: FEBRUARY 1, 2016

Don't Miss it!

Thinking of applying to our Community Grant Program Summer GrantThe next deadline is midnight February 1st. 

Summer Grant: Support activities for children and youth that occur between May 1 & August 31. 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. 

Community Places & Spaces Program: Offers grants for small capital projects and upgrades to multi-use community facilities. Final Deadline: October 1, 2016.


ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT TO APPLY:
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 call for interest details here: PDF
  • Please find the application form here: PDF  Word

To apply, send your completed application form to mleisle@cifsask.org by December 4, 2015.

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

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Feature Story: Amisk Lake Youth Program

Located on the east shore of Amisk Lake, Denare Beach has a permanent population of around 800. In December 2014, the Denare Beach Recreation Board introduced the Amisk Lake Youth Program. This after school and weekend program, supported in part through a grant from the Community Initiatives Fund (CIF), is free to all youth and their families. 
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This program benefits people of all ages and cultural backgrounds within the community and surrounding area. “This project has increased the wellbeing of the Denare Beach community in many ways. The youth have gained self-confidence and have learned life skills that they can take with them into their adulthood and pass onto their children” says Jody Lyle, Recreation Director. 

Along with numerous activities, nutritious snacks are offered after school and hot meals are offered on weekends. “A participant who loved to cook was able to learn how to make homemade soup from scratch. Prior to this he thought cooking meant opening a can of soup and heating it up” shares Lyle. This is but one story highlighting the importance of this well rounded program in this community. From physical activity, literacy, and nutrition, this program offers impactful activities that increase the wellbeing of many.

Click here for the PDF version of this month's Feature Story!

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Picture 1: Youth enjoying the new climbing wall.       Picture 2: Reading in the literacy room. 
Photo Credit: 
Laurie Stomp


Resources: 

GivingTuesday - GivingTuesday is a new National movement happening December 1 dedicated to giving and generosity. After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, imagine a day dedicated to giving back, around the world, across Canada, and in your own community. Watch the video here.   

Liberals to Restore Mandatory Long-form Census - The new Liberal government is bringing back the mandatory long-form census, an invaluable source of data for organizations that rely on up-to-date information on the unique needs of the communities they serve.

15 Roles that Volunteer Managers Play - Volunteer managers play multi-faceted roles that include selecting, supervising and connecting volunteers with causes in their communities. Volunteer managers build bridges between organizations and communities. They are key facilitators who help citizens get involved. Thanks to volunteer managers, volunteer programs across Canada are effective and engaging. Ensuring the well-being and happiness of an organization’s volunteers is central in their work.

Nonprofits & charities included in this year's Canada's Top 100 Employers List - The 2016 winners of the Canada's Top 100 Employers competition have recently been announced. The winning organizations collectively employ almost three-quarters of a million Canadians, but their influence on the nation's employment practices and working conditions extends far beyond. Now in its 16th year, the Canada's Top 100 Employers competition is an editorial project that recognizes employers with exceptional human resources programs and forward-thinking workplace policies. Congratulations to the nonprofits and charities that have made it into this year’s Top 100!



Other Funding Sources:

 WWF Canada's Loblaw Water Fund - Deadline: Dec. 14, 2015
WWF Canada is now accepting applications for the Loblaw Water Fund, a program supported by Loblaw Companies Limited with a total of $225,000 available to distribute between selected projects across the country. This fund provides grants to registered charitable organizations and not-for-profits working on critical projects that aim to protect and restore the health of freshwater in Canada. 

Canada Council for the Arts: Numerous Grants Available - Multiple Deadlines 
The Canada Council for the Arts has numerous grants on their website broken down into categories. These categories include: Dance; Media Arts; Music; Theatre; Visual Arts; Writing and Publishing; Audience and Market Development Office; Aboriginal Arts Office; Equity Office; Inter-Arts Office; Art Bank; Canadian Commission for UNESCO.

The National Trust for Canada launched This Place Matters 
This Place Matters is Canada's first national crowdfunding platform dedicated to heritage. Do you have a heritage place in need of critical restoration work or an innovative plan for adaptive-reuse? Or are you in the final stretch of a fundraising campaign and need a boost to attract those final contributions? This Place Matters can be the catalyst that helps your organization reach its goals.  


CIF Grant Tip Presents: Incorporated vs. Unincorporated

The Community Initiatives Fund can provide funding to an incorporated Saskatchewan nonprofit and charitable organization whose primary purpose and activities benefit Saskatchewan communities, OR an unincorporated volunteer community group that is endorsed by an eligible organization. 

If you are an incorporated Saskatchewan nonprofit then you must provide an active incorporation number which will be either a 6 digit or a 10 digit number. This number is different from the federal business or federal charitable number. 

Not incorporated? 
Then you will need an endorsing organization for your application which can be a Saskatchewan nonprofit, municipality, health region, or school/school division that agrees to receive, administer and account for CIF grants on your behalf. Should your application be approved, you will remain the main contact for the grant, however, the cheque will be made payable to the endorsing partner organization. 

There is no limit to the number of applications that an organization can be the endorsing partner for, and it does not affect them becoming an applicant themselves for a different project.

Click here for the PDF version of this month's Grant Tip. 

Have other questions about our grants? Drop us a line at admin@cifsask.org.


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Saskatchewan’s Community Initiatives Fund is a Special Purpose Fund created through The Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation Act and 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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Deadline Quickly Approaching: CALL FOR ADJUDICATION COMMITTEE APPLICATIONS!

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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. The Northern, Central and South committees will review applications for projects within those regional areas, while the Provincial committee will review applications for projects that occur in more than one region or that involve participation from throughout Saskatchewan.

       - Please find the details here.
       - Please find the application here.

To apply, send your completed application form to mleisle@cifsask.org by December 4, 2015.

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

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Enews November 2015

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Nov 2015

Is the Community 
Initiatives Fund in 
 your community yet? 

 

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

 In this e-update:
 
  - Next CIF Deadline: February 1, 2016
  - Call for Adjudication Committee Members!
  - CIF Feature Story: La Troupe du Jour 

  - Resources:

  • Vital Signs: Annual Report on the QoL in Regina
  • Belonging: Exploring Connections to Community 
  • Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement
  • GivingTuesday: National Movement
  - Other Funding Sources:
  • 2016 Celebrate Canada Funding
  • Young Professional Stewardship Grant
  • The Museum Grant Program
  • Girls' Fund Grants
  -  CIF Grant Tip: The Final Report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Next Application Deadline: FEBRUARY 1, 2016

Don't Miss it!

Thinking of applying to our Community Grant Program Summer GrantThe next deadline is midnight February 1st. 

Summer Grant: Support activities for children and youth that occur between May 1 & August 31. 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. 

Community Places & Spaces Program: Offers grants for small capital projects and upgrades to multi-use community facilities. Final Deadline: October 1, 2016.


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 call for interest details here: PDF
  • Please find the application form here: PDF Word

To apply, send your completed application form to mleisle@cifsask.org by December 4, 2015.

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

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Feature Story: 30th Anniversary of La Troupe du Jour!

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, La Troupe du Jour (LTDJ) wishes to create a season with major productions, to highlight its anniversary and provide exposure for many Saskatchewan artists. The project is composed of LTDJ's three productions: Entre plaine et savane by a Saskatchewan collective, Les belles-soeurs by Michel Tremblay and Le reflet de notre lune dansera by David Granger. 

The productions of LTDJ benefit the community at large by offering presentations across the province, building bridges between ethno-cultural groups, involving people from the community, and offering the show to as many people as possible, by offering English surtitles. The groups targeted include: African community, specifically those who ltdj quote.pngimmigrated from French-speaking countries; friends and family members of the community actors, those who don't necessarily come to the theatre; and young adults, to reach out to younger audiences.

Entre plaine et savane (took place on) Jul 11 - Aug 1, 2015
Le reflet de notre lune dansera 
- Jan 28, 2016 - Feb 7, 2016
Les belles-soeurs 
- March 2, 2016 - March 6, 2016


"This project is a lot about creating bonds" says the LTDJ Team. "Bonds between ethno-cultural groups, between past and present, between professionals and amateurs, and between our theatre company and the general public. It's about providing exposure for our Fransaskois artists and bringing performing arts to people who don't normally come to see live theatre. These bonds help bring joy, fun, learning, and entertainment to communities. These bonds help build community within the communities." 

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From left to right: Idayatu Bello, Sam Mitchell and Alexis Normand in the play Entre plaine et savane (from the Plains to the Savanah), Idayatu tells the African tale "La Cruche" (the pitcher/clay pot), Sam does drawings to illustrate the story, Alexis provides accompaniment on the guitar.  Photo Credit: Pamela Jaton

Visit the LTDJ website here! 

View this Feature Story PDF here!


Resources: 

 Vital Signs: Annual Report on the Quality of Life in Regina - The South Saskatchewan Community Foundation is pleased to launch its second annual Vital Signs 2015 report for the Regina Community. Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by community foundations to measure the vitality of communities across Canada. It gathers and publishes data on significant social and economic trends and assigns grades in areas critical to quality of life. 

Belonging: Exploring Connections to Community - This national Vital Signs report looks back over the past 50 years at our sense of belonging and where we as communities and a country are going next leading up to Canada's sesquicentennial in 2017 and beyond.

Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement 
- Volunteer Canada created the CCVI to support organizations that engage volunteers. The CCVI is a framework for involving volunteers in all levels of an organization. This includes volunteers working in leadership, direct services and virtual roles.

GivingTuesday - GivingTuesday is a new National movement happening December 1 dedicated to giving and generosity. After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, imagine a day dedicated to giving back, around the world, across Canada, and in your own community. Just as Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season, GivingTuesday is the opening day of the giving season. Watch the video here.   


Other Funding Sources:

 2016 Celebrate Canada Funding - Deadline: Nov 16, 2015
The Department of Canadian Heritage provides financial support for activities delivered during the Celebrate Canada period, from June 21 to July 1.

Young Professional Stewardship Grant - Deadline: Nov 30, 2015
This grant was developed to promote future work to achieve success with prairie conservation and endangered species management. It is for professional or aspiring conservationists between the ages of 18-30 who live and/or work in Alberta, Saskatchewan, or Manitoba.  

The Museum Grant Program - Deadline: Nov 30, 2015 
SaskCulture's Museum Grant Program provides three streams of operational support to qualifying museums throughout the province. 

Girls' Fund Grants - Deadline: Dec 2, 2015 
The Canadian Women's Foundation is pleased to announce they are now accepting proposals for Girls' Fund Grants for 2016-2020. The Girls' Fund Grants are intended to support community programs or networks designed to increase protective factors in girls aged 9 to 13 - such as confidence, critical thinking skills, social connectedness, and overall resilience. 


CIF Grant Tip Presents: The Final Report
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Grant recipients are required to submit a final report for all projects funded by CIF. The report is to be submitted within 60 days after the project end date, and must include copies of receipts, invoices, payroll records, etc. to verify project expenditures before the final payment representing 20% of the total grant will be released. Furthermore, if the financial verification is not received with the final report then the file is considered to be open and future applications will not be considered until the grant file has been closed.

We will accept an audited financial statement that includes a special section that clearly outlines the CIF grant and the project expenditures. Original documents and receipts must be kept by the grant recipient until the final report has been accepted by the CIF. Sample forms for claiming honorariums and mileage for pick-up and delivery are sent with the approval letters that outlines the necessary information required. 

Click here for our final report form. 

Have other questions about our grants? Drop us a line at admin@cifsask.org.


Get in Touch Today!

Sign-up to regularly receive CIF’s e-news, program updates and application reminders. We’d like to hear from you, too! 

Be sure to look out for us on
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Saskatchewan’s Community Initiatives Fund is a Special Purpose Fund created through The Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation Act and 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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CALL FOR ADJUDICATION COMMITTEE APPLICATIONS!

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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 here.
       - Please find the application here.

 To apply, send your completed application form to mleisle@cifsask.org by December 4, 2015.

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

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Enews October 2015

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Oct 2015

Is the Community 
Initiatives Fund in 
 your community yet? 

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

In this e-update:

 
  - Next CIF Deadline: February 1, 2016
  - Northern Tour Outcomes!
  - CIF Feature Story: TransSask Outreach Program! 

  - Other Funding Sources:

  • Forever... in motion Grant
  • Multicultural Education Initiatives 
  • First Nation's Member Recreation Grant 
  • Metis Cultural Development Fund Grant
  • Community Rink Affordability Grant
  - CIF Grant Tip: The Review Process!   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Next Application Deadline: FEBRUARY 1, 2016

Don't Miss it!

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

Summer Grant: Support activities for children and youth that occur between May 1 and August 31. 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. 

Community Places & Spaces Program: Offers grants for small capital projects and upgrades to multi-use community facilities. Final Deadline: October 1, 2016.


CIF 2015 Northern Tour Outcome! 

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Feature Story: 

TransSask Support Services - Rural Outreach Project!

newlogosmallurl.pngTransSask Support Services' Rural Outreach Project was developed in June of 2015 with the drive to bring information and opportunities for education and training about Saskatchewan's transgender community to groups and organizations located in areas outside the cities of Saskatoon and Regina.

The Rural Outreach Project has two target audiences: 1) rural area service providers, businesses, nonprofit organizations and other groups; and 2) transgender people. "Through working together with rural area service providers, we hope to offer training and information, and through partnership with these service providers, ultimately make available a network of resources and support accessible by transgender folk living in rural Saskatchewan" says Mikayla Schultz - Executive Director of TransSask Support Services Inc. 

"Our very first funding opportunity, thanks to the CIF, has provided us the chance to employ a transgender individual, improving their quality of life immensely. Because of extremely high levels of oppression and discrimination, transgender people often find themselves unemployed and living in poverty at rates far higher than any average. We are really excited to be able to provide opportunity to our community" says Schultz. 

The project will bring to many people, a source of information and support where they would otherwise not have. Through training opportunities, TransSask Support Services hopes to help service providers better understand transgender people and their obligations to serve them as they would any other person, in spite current stigmas. "It goes without saying, this increase of awareness by rural area service providers will make for improved conditions for transgender folk in their day to day interactions within their local communities" says Schultz. 

transsask quote.png"I'm proud to be who I am and to be a part of this community. Helping pioneer safety and protection for the next generation. There are so many strong, amazing people to learn from and grow with. We will make it!" This quote is from a transgender man (assigned female at birth) during a conversation about filing a Human Rights complaint after being denied a change of gender marker on Saskatchewan Government issued identification. This individual came into contact with TransSask through their website, a common portal for urban and rural folk, seeking information and support as he dealt with the social and psychological impact of being refused legal recognition of his lived gender. As a result of having identification incongruent to his gender, he cited incidents of being refused medical services, banking services, and was concerned that he would not be able to secure employment because of the current state of his identification. These are the types of problems TransSask is prepared to deal with, but did not have any connection to many trans folk in rural areas of Saskatchewan until the Rural Outreach Project.

Find this Feature Story PDF here


Other Funding Sources: 

SPRA Forever...in motion Grant – Deadline: October 15, 2015 
The purpose of this grant is to support communities to start a program and become a new Forever...in motion host site. This is a program that helps older adults become physically active through volunteer, peer, or staff led physical activity groups. The goal is to improve and maintain the health of older adults living in the community through support, education, research, partnerships and the promotion of healthy lifestyles. Click here for more information. 

MCoS Multicultural Education Initiatives – Deadline: October 30, 2015
MCoS offers this grant to schools and school boards in Saskatchewan to benefit students though the classroom and professional development projects that promote the understanding, respect, appreciation, acceptance and celebration of all people as equally valuable in our society. Click here for more information. 

SPRA First Nation's Member Recreation Grant – Deadline: October 31, 2015 
The purpose of this SPRA grant is to assist First Nation members to develop recreation opportunities in the First Nation communities within Saskatchewan. This grant will focus solely on the development of recreation opportunities, as recreation plays a key role in promoting healthy lifestyle choices and should be available to all Saskatchewan residents. Click here for more information.

SaskCulture Metis Cultural Development Fund – Deadline: November 2, 2015 
The fund is intended to preserve, strengthen and share Metis culture, traditions and leadership in Saskatchewan. Priority will be given to projects that will provide a significant opportunity to preserve and promote Metis culture and identity. Click here for more information. 

SPRA Community Rink Affordability Grant – Deadline: December 15, 2015 
This supports the maintenance and operation of indoor skating and curling ice surfaces - the hub of healthy, active Saskatchewan communities. Eligible applicants can receive $2,500 per indoor ice surface. Click here for more information.


CIF Grant Tip Presents: The Review Process!

 What happens after you submit a grant application?

So you’ve submitted an application for a grant to the CIF. Now what? The CIF Grants Administrator will review all applications to confirm 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. Eligible applications will then be 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 varied experience and knowledge to assist with application reviews and making recommendations to the CIF Board. 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. 

Recommendations from the adjudication committees are forwarded to the CIF Board for final consideration and approval. Applicants will receive written notification of the outcomes of their funding requests within two months of the application deadline. 

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Have other questions about our grants? Drop us a line at admin@cifsask.org.


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Saskatchewan’s Community Initiatives Fund is a Special Purpose Fund created through The Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation Act and 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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