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March 2016

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: April 1, 2016

  - CIF Feature Story: Bridge Program, AIM

  - Resources:

  • NEW: CIF's Resource Roundup: Communications
  • SEDA Conference 
  • Volunteers & Donors in Arts & Culture Orgs 
  • Canada Without Poverty: Poverty & Human Rights 
  • Canadians & their Communities: A National Survey 
  - Other Funding Sources:
  • Cameco Creative Kids Northern Cultural Fund
  • Harry Boothman Bursary - CPRA
  • SPRA Grants & Funding Opportunities Guide 
  -  CIF Grant Tip: Demonstrate Successes & Challenges 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Next Application Deadline: April 1, 2016

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

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.

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


Feature Story: Bridge Program, AIM (Ability in Me)

The AIM (Ability in Me) Program is a nonprofit Saskatchewan based initiative located in Saskatoon that provides education and support services for children with Down syndrome and their families, helping them reach their full potential. One of the programs offered by AIM is the Bridge Program. “We are very appreciative that we had obtained a grant through the Community Initiatives Fund to help support this program” shared Tammy Ives, Executive Director of AIM. 
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The Bridge Program provides enriched early learning opportunities for children with Down syndrome between the ages of 2 1/2 to 5 years old. This includes spots for peers without Down syndrome to participate, which allows for friendships to develop with peers who have diverse abilities. Collaboration amongst parents, a Speech Language Pathologist, Teacher, Music Therapist and Occupational Therapist enables the program to target a wide-variety of critical skills. Specific areas of focus include speech language, sensory processing, social communication and self-help skills. 

The Bridge Program provides specific services to families that the school divisions are unable to provide for them at this time. The purpose of the program is to help the students improve their skills, while providing a bridge between specialized services and community programming. Some of the students currently attend their community pre-schools which allows them to apply the skills learnt at AIM to be successful in their school setting. “The goal of the program is not to duplicate services, but rather to collaborate with other agencies” shared Tammy. 

“We are seeing some very positive changes in a very short period of time. Students know and can follow the classroom routine and are improving their transitioning skills. The students are imitating more actions during gym, music and circle time which demonstrates their ability to follow directions and their interest in trying new things” said Tracy Baudais, Early Learning Teacher. “Feeding skills have improved, including, holding utensils and requesting items. Students are trying different textures of foods during snack time and are exploring new sensory experiences such as finger paint and shaving cream. Even though our students are at different stages in the development of these skills, they are all making significant progress in their individual goal areas” shared Emily Young, Speech Language Pathologist.

Click here for PDF of this month’s Feature Story.

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NEW: CIF's Resource Roundup: Communications!
Every month, the CIF will feature a new Resource Roundup PDF on a specific topic. This month’s topic is on Communications! Find resources on how to build a communications plan, how to create a crisis communications plan, the role of your organization’s brand, and successful blogging and storytelling tips from many incredible sources including the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Charity Village, Nonprofit MarCommunity, and more! Click here.

Creating Intersections for Growth SEDA Conference 
Recharge, reimagine and redesign your future this year at Saskatchewan Economic Development Association (SEDA)'s conference in Swift Current on May 31 – June 2, 2016. Click here.

Volunteers and Donors in Arts and Culture Organizations in Canada 
This new report highlights the volunteer time and financial donations given to arts & culture organizations. Click here.

Human Rights and Poverty Reduction Strategies
Human rights move the conversation away from the traditional approach of viewing poverty reduction as an act of charity to an approach that sees poverty reduction as justice. In their newest publication, CWP introduces the people doing antipoverty work — from policymakers to frontline workers — to the human rights approach to poverty reduction. Click here.

Canadians & their Communities: A National Survey on Citizen Engagement & Attitudes 
The comprehensive national survey on issues associated with Canadians and their Communities covered a number of areas including Canadian identification with different types of community, attachment to and overall ratings of communities and views on what constitutes a good community. Click here.

 


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Cameco Creative Kids Northern Cultural Program Fund (Deadline: March 15) 
Cameco and Creative Kids Saskatchewan have partnered to offer a program grant to support creative programs for children and youth ages 4 to 19 in Northern communities that address the cultural, creative or artistic needs of their community up to maximum of $7,500. Click here.

Harry Boothman Bursary - Canadian Parks & Recreation Association
 (Deadline: March 31) 

To provide financial assistance to individuals in their pursuit of professional development opportunities in the parks and recreation field. Up to two (2) bursaries, in the amount of $1,000, each shall be awarded each year. Professional Development opportunities must be completed between July 1 and June 30 of the application year. Click here.

2015 SPRA Grants and Funding Opportunities Guide 
Looking for Grant and Funding Opportunities? Check out SPRA’s Grants and Funding Opportunities Guide to find grants to support your projects, programs or initiatives. Click here.



CIF Grant Tip: Demonstrate Successes & Challenges

If your program has been offered before, even if it was not funded by the CIF, write about the successes you achieved and the challenges you faced. By detailing the outcomes you have already achieved, you are proving the need for your program, and showing that a grant will be a good investment to help you continue the work in your community. It is very common for CIF Adjudication Committees to ask what continuing programs have achieved in the past in order to determine if they should receive funding in the future.

Do not be afraid to write about the challenges or weaknesses of your project. It is understandable that organizations will face many challenges, and programs do not always achieve their goals. However, by demonstrating how you plan to address those issues, it shows that your program can adapt, become stronger, and do more to serve your community. Sometimes programs decline due to stagnation, and showing your new ideas to rejuvenate your project can increase your chances of receiving a grant.

The more you can demonstrate your outcomes from past years, and your plan to continue achieving your goals, the higher your changes for successfully receiving a grant.


Click here for the PDF 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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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. Unsubscribe here

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Enews February 2016

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Feb 2016

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: April 1, 2016
  - CIF's Survey: Community Perspectives Survey
  - CIF Feature Story: Financial Literacy Train the Trainer
    and Community Mentorship, READ Saskatoon

  - Resources:

  • NEW: CIF's Resource Roundup: Governance
  • Truth & Reconciliation Commission Final Report 
  • Income-Related Health Inequalities in Canada 
  • Sun Life Canadian Health Index
  - Other Funding Sources:
  • Annual Violence Prevention Grants 
  • Municipal Cultural Engagement & Planning Fund 
  • Canada Summer Jobs 
  • Creative Partnerships - Artist in Residence 
  • Southeast Connection Funding Activity Assistance
  -  CIF Grant Tip: 3 things you should know!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Next Application Deadline: April 1, 2016

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

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.

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


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Please participate in our Community Perspectives Survey!

 The Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) has implemented a number of changes to our grant programs over the past
4 years and we are looking for your input in assessing the impact of these changes. As an applicant to one or more of the CIF’s programs, your perspective is critical and we hope you will take a few moments to provide us with your honest assessment of your experiences with the CIF. Your feedback will help inform future program improvements as we strive to ensure our grant programs are meeting community needs. Please be assured that your responses are completely confidential and your anonymity is guaranteed. Your responses are incredibly valuable to us! 

You can access the survey directly by following this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TCYJ9LD
Please copy and paste the URL into your browser if the
above link does not work.
 

This survey should take less than 15 minutes to complete.
Please complete this survey before February 10, 2016.



Feature Story: Financial Literacy Train the Trainer and Community mentorship, Read Saskatoon

Since 2012, READ Saskatoon has delivered Financial Literacy Programs to youth and adults in partnership with community groups, libraries, parent and workplace programs through trained staff and trained financial institution volunteers. READ Saskatoon's Financial Literacy Program offers a series of workshops based on the sustainable livelihood model that focuses on building the strengths of individuals. The two-hour workshops cover financial topics such as asset building, banking, credit, budgeting, and consumerism and are based on the Momentum Money Management curriculum. Thanks to the investment from the Community Initiatives Fund, five communities are now able to address the poverty issues of their cities or towns.

readsaskatoon.png“Over the past three years we have had great interest from other communities about our workshops, so this fall we delivered the training to five Saskatchewan communities: Prince Albert, Swift Current, Yorkton, Regina and Nipawin” shares Desiree Tirk, Program Manager of READ Saskatoon. “Each organization went home with a toolkit of resources, program forms, databases and networking connections. Ongoing support for each community is critical for this project’s success, so we provide follow-up support for all phases of the planning, delivery, and evaluation of each community’s financial literacy programs.” 

READ Saskatoon’s Financial Literacy Program’s goal is to provide support to those who live in poverty or those who are vulnerable to living in poverty. This year, their workshops have mainly been attended by single parents and women, earning less than $30,000/yr. “Our work is based upon the sustainable livelihoods model, which is an asset-building approach to poverty reduction and other social programming. It is based on the premise that everyone has assets on which to build and that strengthening a number of asset areas can enable people and families to not just get by, but to actually get ahead despite shocks and changes in the external environment. It is strength-based because it focuses on what people already have, rather than on what they lack. Studies have found this approach impactful because it allows people to prosper by addressing social, human, personal, financial and physical (material) assets” says Desiree. 

Based on READ Saskatoon’s results over the past three years, they have found that once given the tools, guidance, advice, and connection to local resources, people make positive changes to their behaviors that result in savings and increased stability for themselves and their families. 

Click here for PDF of this month’s Feature Story.
Click here for READ Saskatoon's website.
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Resources: 

NEW: CIF's Resource Roundup: Governance
Every month, the CIF will feature a new Resource Roundup PDF on a specific topic. This month’s topic is on Governance! Learn about how to build your Board, Board roles and responsibilities, Board policies and planning, governance structures, risk management, evaluation and more! Find helpful guides, tools, resources, an online course, podcasts and more from sources such as Imagine Canada, Charity Village, Dalhousie University, and Volunteer Canada! Click here

Truth and Reconciliation Commission Releases Final Report   
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its final report, a comprehensive and detailed account of the history, experiences and profound, long-lasting impacts residential schools have had on survivors, their families and communities, as well as on Canadian society, as a whole. It also outlines specific Calls to Action on how Canadians can move forward together in the spirit of reconciliation. Click here.

Trends in Income-Related Health Inequalities in Canada 
Canada has made little progress in closing the gap between the health of richer and poorer Canadians, according to data released today by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). In fact, this gap has generally persisted or widened over time. Click here.

2015 Sun Life Canadian Health Index 
New findings from this study indicates that an overwhelming majority of Canadians (more than four in five) believe that employers are responsible for supporting their employees' physical and psychological health. The 2015 survey also found that there is a clear relationship between health and employee productivity among those surveyed. More than one-third (35%) of Canadians say that their productivity at work has been negatively affected by their physical or mental health in the last six months. Click here

 


Other Funding Sources:

Annual Violence Prevention Grants (Deadline: February 8) 
The Canadian Women's Foundation is now accepting proposals for 2016-2017 Annual Violence Prevention Grants. Organizations can apply for funding in four areas: prevention; rebuilding lives; loan funds; and collaborative projects. Click here

The Municipal Cultural Engagement and Planning Fund (Deadline: February 16) 
This fund aims to support Saskatchewan municipalities and First Nations Bands wanting to explore and plan for the creative and cultural potential of their community through cultural engagement and planning initiatives. Click here.

Canada Summer Jobs (Deadline: February 26) 
Canada Summer Jobs is a Government of Canada initiative that provides funding for nonprofit organizations, public sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees to create summer jobs for students between the ages of 15 and 30. Click here

Artists in Communities - Artist in Residence (Deadline: April 15) 
Funding assists eligible applicants to host an artist in residence project by contracting a professional Saskatchewan artists in any discipline to collaboratively engage the community in arts activities. Click here.  

Southeast Connection Funding Activity Assistance (Deadlines: First of every month except March.) 
Communities and organizations can apply for support for sport, culture, and recreation opportunities such as a physical activity initiative, cultural program or a sport clinic. The purpose of the assistance is to help remove barriers to participation and assist organizations and groups to provide affordable sport, culture and recreational development opportunities. Click here.


CIF Grant Tip: 3 things to keep in mind when completing your Grant Application. 

1. Is the organization incorporated? 

  • If your organization is incorporated, you must provide the 9 digit Saskatchewan incorporation number from ISC. Please note that this is not the charity number from CRA (CRA numbers include RR0001). If you don’t have an incorporation number, you will need an eligible organization to act as an endorsing partner and accept the funds on your behalf. Learn more here.
2. Summer Grants vs. Community Grant Program Grants
  • Summer Grants – Deadline: February 1 
    Summer Grants support activities for children and youth that occur between May 1 and 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. Learn more here.
  • Community Grant Program – Deadlines: April 1 & October 1 
    Community Grant Program grants support projects and activities for all ages that occur anytime during the year. If you are applying for an event, this is the grant program you would apply to. Community Grant Program projects can include education and awareness; prevention and intervention; sport, culture and recreation; volunteerism; and community celebrations. Learn more here.

3. Balancing the 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. Please click here for a visual.

Click here for the PDF 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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Summer Grant Deadline Quickly Approaching!

Summer Grant Application Deadline: FEBRUARY 1, 2016

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

Summer Grants support activities for children and youth that occur between May 1 and 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.

We encourage you to submit your application well before the deadline to allow time for questions and avoid technology snags - they do happen!

Apply Here!

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Community Perspectives Survey

Please participate in our Community Perspectives Survey!

The Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) has implemented a number of changes to our grant programs over the past 4 years and we are looking for your input in assessing the impact of these changes. As an applicant to one or more of the CIF’s programs, your perspective is critical and we hope you will take a few moments to provide us with your honest assessment of your experiences with the CIF. Your feedback will help inform future program improvements as we strive to ensure our grant programs are meeting community needs. Your responses are incredibly valuable to us!

You can access the survey directly by following this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TCYJ9LD
Please copy and paste the URL into your browser if the above link does not work.

This survey should take less than 15 minutes to complete. Please complete this survey before February 10, 2016. 

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Enews January 2016

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Jan 2016

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
  - CIF Media Release: Over $4.5 Million Awarded
  - CIF Feature Story: Assiniboia Tot Spot

  - Resources:

  • NEW: CIF's Resource Roundup: Evaluation
  • Volunteer Canada's Community Building Forum 
  • Become a HIGH FIVE Trainer 
  • Change Work Report
  • 2015 Hunger Count 
  - Other Funding Sources:
  • Young Canada Works 
  • Multicultural Initiatives Fund
  • Welcome Fund for Syrian Refugees
  • New arts initiative for Syrian Refugees
  -  CIF Grant Tip: Overhead Expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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.


Over $4.5 Million Awarded to 273 Projects!  

We are excited to announce that 273 projects are receiving $4,551,287 in funding from the Community Initiatives Fund! These projects support a wide variety of projects across Saskatchewan through the Community Grant and Community Places and Spaces programs (October 1st deadline). Check out our media release for more information as well as the complete list of grant recipients and their projects!


Feature Story: Assiniboia Tot Spot, Assiniboia Early Years Coalition

Tot Spot is an indoor playspace for children ages 0-5 and their parent/caregivers in the community and surrounding area of Assiniboia. The first Tot Spot began in 2006, making this upcoming year its 10th year in operation. This program is open two mornings a week with a supervisor who plans special activities and events for the families as well as ensures families feel welcome. This program, supported in part through a grant from the Community Initiatives Fund, is of no cost to children and their parent/caregivers. 
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Tot Spot initially came about to give children a place to play and be physically active during the winter months, but over the years it has evolved to promote much more than just physical activity for the children. “It has been a great avenue to reach parents, especially stay at home mothers, with best practice advice. We have heard from many that this program is extremely helpful for mothers experiencing the ‘blues’ in a very geographically isolated area where getting out and finding support may be difficult” says Jill Zahariuk, Regional KidsFirst Community Developer. 

“Our goal is to give rural parents and children a place to socialize as well as promote activities that are engaging and developmentally appropriate for children” shares Jill. Not only is Tot Spot a great place for children and parents to build new friendships, but it is a hub for parenting advice and an excellent avenue for health care professionals to reach out to parents. Tot Spot has given parents a safe, non-judgmental place to spend quality time with their children. 

Click here for PDF of this month’s Feature Story.

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Resources: 

NEW: CIF's Resource Roundup: Evaluation
The CIF is starting off the New Year with a new addition to our e-updates! Every month, the CIF will feature a new Resource Roundup PDF on a specific topic. This month’s topic is on Evaluation! Find a webinar, toolkits, frameworks and guides on evaluation for nonprofits from the Ontario Nonprofit Network, Imagine Canada, Tamarack Institute, and more!

Volunteer Canada’s 2nd annual Community Building Forum
Join Volunteer Canada at the 2nd annual Community Building Forum for businesses and non-profits in Toronto on June 8-9, 2016. This year’s theme is Building Strong and Connected Communities. Over 150 leaders from diverse regions and sectors will explore ways to strengthen business-community engagement and employer-supported volunteering in Canada. Registration opens in January, 2016.  

Become a HIGH FIVE® Trainer 
Do you provide programming to children and youth? Are you interested in increasing quality assurance in your organization? Becoming a 
HIGH FIVE Trainer and utilizing HIGH FIVE  as a quality assurance tool for training and evaluation has helped many organizations throughout Saskatchewan. On April 13-15, 2016, SPRA will be hosting a HIGH FIVE Trainer course. Prior to this, on March 10-11, 2016, SPRA will be hosting 'HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development' & 'Quest 2courses in Regina. These are prerequisits to becoming a HIGH FIVE Trainer. 
If this sounds like something that your organization could benefit from please contact Desirea Weninger at dweninger@spra.sk.ca or 306.780.9291 indicating your level of interest before January 15, 2016. 

Change Work: Valuing decent work in the not-for-profit sector
Change Work, a report by the Mowat Centre, Ontario Nonprofit Network and Toronto Neighbourhood Centres, explores the concept of decent work and its potential for the not-for-profit sector. It looks at the possible link between the health of the not-for-profit sector as an employer and its effectiveness in achieving community impact. 

2015 Hunger Count 
Food bank use has increased for the second consecutive year, and continues to hover at record levels, according to a national study released today by Food Banks Canada. The HungerCount 2015 report shows that 852,137 people – 305,366 of them children – accessed a food bank in March this year. Food bank use is 1.3% higher than in 2014, and a troubling 26% higher than in 2008, when the economic downturn started. This means that 175,000 more people each month are seeking assistance, compared to 2008. 

 


Other Funding Sources:

Young Canada Works - Deadline: Jan 15, 2016 
The Young Canada Works program is a joint collaboration between the National Trust for Canada and the Department of Canadian Heritage designed to provide students and recent graduates with work experience in the built heritage sectors. This program assists employers in the creation of jobs for students and recent graduates in such areas as historic research, heritage site interpretation, Doors Open events and much more. 

Multicultural Initiatives Fund - Deadline: Feb 1, 2016
The Multicultural Initiatives Fund (MIF) aims to advance multiculturalism in Saskatchewan by supporting projects encouraging people in Saskatchewan to share, learn, appreciate, respect and accept cultural diversity. 

Welcome Fund for Syrian Refugees
Manulife is partnering with Community Foundations of Canada to establish the Welcome Fund for Syrian Refugees (Welcome Fund). Manulife has donated $500,000 to seed the Welcome Fund. Canada’s community foundation network will also match this contribution at the local level, for a total investment of $1 million to communities that will support refugees. The Welcome Fund will address the refugees’ immediate needs for transitional housing, job training and skills development as identified by the Government. 

New arts initiative to support welcome of refugees to Canada
The Canada Council for the Arts and Sun Life Financial has established new arts initiative to support efforts to welcome Syrian refugees to Canada. Starting in April 2016, the Canada Council’s new initiative will support arts organizations that wish to provide free access to refugees to a performance, exhibition or arts event in their communities. The Canada Council will release further details in March 2016 for arts organizations who are interested in getting involved. 


CIF Grant Tip: Overhead Expenses grant tip picture slim.jpg

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 not required to claim overhead expenses. 

Remember to double check your numbers to ensure that revenue and expenses match, and that the $ CIF column total in the budget matches your grant request. 

Click here for the PDF 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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PRIVACY POLICY: 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. Unsubscribe here
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