E-news January 2014

January 2014

Is the Community Initiatives Fund in your community yet? 
We're investing in communities just like yours!

The Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) supports community projects that enhance the quality of life for children, youth and adults of all ages. Projects may involve childhood development, youth involvement, volunteer leadership, active living, Aboriginal inclusion, facility upgrades or renovations, and milestone or cultural community celebrations.

Our grants could be yours.

Feature Project: No Hesitation in Hazlet!

CIF Contributes to Hazlet's Sustainability

Leadership, pride of community and determination that rivals Olympic runners has put Hazlet on the map with the promise of an even more vibrant and sustained future. Grants through the Community Initiatives Fund have helped this tiny village become a shining example of vitality for many Saskatchewan communities.

  • Sustainable community development is now enhanced quality of life in Hazlet.
  • CIF awarded almost $100,000 in grants to Hazlet since 2008.
  • Hazlet's population is growing quickly.
  • Contact the grant recipient at:  lindsayalliban@hotmail.com .
  • More about Hazlet at cifsask.org . 
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Hazlet is becoming known for its community innovation and cooperation.  Photo credit:  Community Initiatives Fund (Cal Fehr Photos) Hazlet's momentum continues to engage community members of all ages in great quality of life. Photo credit:  Community Initiatives Fund (Cal Fehr Photos)

 

Program Updates and Deadlines

NEW Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) programming, announced in December, will be effective April 1, 2014.  Programming supports individual, family and community wellbeing through grants for childhood development, positive life choices, active living, community celebrations, facility upgrades, and volunteerism. The CIF's Physical Activity Grant Program, the Problem Gambling Prevention Program and the Community Vitality Program ends on March 31, 2014. Application deadlines:  April 1 and October 1 for Annual Grants. Upcoming Summer Grant deadline February 1.  More.

Community Grant Program:  This program is broadened to include community support for active living; healthy growth and development of children and youth; individual, family and community wellbeing; supportive and inclusive communities; and community engagement and capacity building that includes cultural or centennial milestone celebrations. More.

Community Places and Spaces Program:  This program offers grants in support of community facility upgrades, retrofits, and related work to increase use and accessibility of community facilities. Facilities may include rinks, halls, arenas, playgrounds, ball diamonds, parks, and other areas or facilities. More. 

ALERT:  CIF Needs Grant Adjudication Committee Members!  The Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) is seeking individuals to help adjudicate its Community Grant Program grant applications. As a member of the Adjudication Committee, you would be appointed for two years and participate for up to two days, three times per year during March, May and November. During these times you would review applications and make grant recommendations to the CIF Board. Application deadline to become an Adjudication Committee member is January 15, 2014.  Details and Application here.  

 


 

Resource Highlights

Gambling Awareness in Saskatchewan.  The Saskatchewan Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) recently rebranded its problem gambling community program, now known as the Gambling Awareness Program. Program details will be available on the new Saskatchewan CMHA website to be launched January 20, 2014. 

 

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CIF Announces Program Changes

DECEMBER 12, 2013

Is the Community Initiatives Fund in your community yet? 
We're investing in communities just like yours!

The Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) supports community projects that enhance the quality of life for children, youth and adults of all ages. Projects may involve childhood development, youth involvement, volunteer leadership, physical activities, Aboriginal inclusion, facility upgrades or renovations, and milestone or cultural community celebrations.

Our grants could be yours.

Important Program Changes!  

CIF Announces Simplified, Responsive Saskatchewan Programming

As of April 1, 2014, the Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) will change its programming to simplify access to funding and better respond to the priorities of Saskatchewan communities. The CIF's programs will continue to support individual, family and community wellbeing by offering grants for childhood development, positive life choices, active living, community celebrations, facility upgrades, and volunteerism.

Programming changes will involve broadening of the CIF's Community Grant Program to accommodate all aspects of the Physical Activity Grant Program, the Problem Gambling Prevention Program and part of the Community Vitality Program (the Pride Projects and Events portion). The Physical Activity Grant Program, the Problem Gambling Prevention Program and the Community Vitality Program will end on March 31, 2014

Small capital projects like energy efficiencies or community facility upgrades will be available as well through the new, two-year Community Places and Spaces Program. More detail about the CIF's programming changes is available on this CIF website. 

Today, in addition to announcing its important new program changes, the CIF approved 226 grants totaling $3,981,021. During 2013, the CIF provided almost $9 Million through 690 grants to help enhance the quality of life of Saskatchewan people! Earlier this year, the CIF cumulatively exceeded $100 Million in grants to Saskatchewan communities. Highlights of today's announcement:

  • Of the 266 grants announced today...102 grants totaling $1,596,765 were through the Community Grant Program; 104 grants totaling $1,309,731 were through the Community Vitality Program; and  20 grants totaling $1,074,525 were through the Physical Activity Grant Program.
  • CIF's broadening of the Community Grant Program will accommodate physical activity and problem gambling prevention, support of nonprofits, youth engagement and leadership development, and community cultural and milestone celebrations.
  • CIF's new two-year Community Places and Spaces Program will support small capital projects like energy efficiencies or community facility upgrades. 
  • New programming is effective April 1, 2014.
  • Details are available on the CIF website
   
   

 

Upcoming Application Deadline

The Summer Grant deadline through the existing Community Grant Program is February 1, 2014.  Deadlines for all other CIF programs:  April 1 and October 1.

New programming for the Community Initiatives Fund will begin April 1, 2014. 

 


 

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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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Bringing Community into the (Moose Jaw) Kitchen

Moose Jaw's Community Kitchens Program, supported in part through a grant from the Community Initiatives Fund (CIF), is helping this community's most vulnerable children and families learn the basics of nutrition and healthy eating, food preparation, and safe food storage.

Delivered by Hunger in Moose Jaw, Inc., the Community Kitchens Program provides weekly food preparation classes, mostly to young single mothers (ages 18-30) and youth (ages 9-12), that cover the basics of cooking and healthy eating. Participants are charged a nominal fee to enroll—but only if they are able to pay—and are provided free transportation and babysitting while attending, as needed.

"Many of those who come to our classes have never had the luxury—or even the opportunity—to learn from or help their parents prepare meals. These folk are unsure of how to make chicken soup or even prepare a green salad." says Carol Acton, executive director of Hunger in Moose Jaw, Inc.. "And learning how to store food, like how long to refrigerate spaghetti sauce as an example, is also crucial to know when one is managing food."

Those participating learn to prepare nutritious and well-balanced meals that generally include protein, vegetables, a salad and dessert. The desserts may be smoothies and fruit salads that are delicious, nutritious, and not typically sweet! Weekly classes run from six to eight weeks, depending on seasonal holidays, and on the last day of class, participants are invited to prepare an entire meal for their families and take their personalized cookbook of basic nutritious recipes home with them.

"They also have a lot of fun while they learn!" says Acton. "These weekly skill-building sessions promote both socialization and self-sufficiency among participants. Overall, without the CIF grant we could not have adequately run this great program!"

 

    

L:  Kirsten Matthies, Moose Jaw's Community Kitchen Program coordinator with Hunger in Moose Jaw, Inc..  R:  Carl Francis, Community Kitchen Program participant.  (Photo credit:  Hunger in Moose Jaw, Inc.)

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School Playground Near La Ronge is Fun for All!

New playground equipment for pre-Kindergarten to Grade 6 students now benefits the entire community around the Gordon Denny Community School, located about five minutes by vehicle south of La Ronge in the village of Air Ronge.

Student enrollment at this northern Saskatchewan school has steadily increased since 1992, and with almost 275 students attending, the Gordon Denny Community School Playground Committee set out to provide safe and inviting playground equipment for the students and their families. Abundant playground equipment, they felt, would encourage a healthy and active lifestyle among its young Aboriginal student crowd.

Chocolates anyone?

Fundraising for the project began almost two years ago with bake sales, hot lunches and movie nights. The students also sold garden seeds, gift cards, chocolates, and other catalogue products. The School's Parent Council donated proceeds from other fundraising drives and several local businesses contributed to the cost of the new equipment.

Playground revitalization soon became a reality at the Gordon Denny Community School. Parents and community members considered the many equipment options and then, by consensus, selected the playground equipment.

A thank you to all.

Community and parent volunteers pitched in again when the equipment arrived in early September 2013 by helping place and assemble the structure with supervision from the supplier playground company. When the equipment was installed, funders and volunteers were acknowledged at a mid-September Bar-B-Q and ribbon-cutting ceremony with over 400 community people attending.

"We wanted our students and their families to enjoy being out-of-doors, getting fresh air and being physically active." says Laura Park, resource teacher and Playground Revitalization Committee member. "The bonus as we see it is that many more from our community...those living nearby and the extended families of those who attend the school...are also drawn to the new playground structure. Now, even Sundays are busy at our school!"

Community life at play!

So with enormous collective pride, the new playground equipment quickly became a daily highlight for the students and their families. But equally exciting and with welcome surprise, many additional community members and their families--no matter if their children attend the School--now visit the playground and enjoy these facilities.

"The kids love the new playground! Rain or shine, they are physically engaged!" says Park. "We could not have created this heart-warming community hub of activities without the $35,000 grant from the CIF."

 

        

There's always activity around Air Ronge's Gordon Denny Community School playground, installed                                     September 6, 2013. (Photo credit:  Gordon Denny Community School)

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Kipling's Fit for Life Program Makes Great Strides

         

L:  Older Adult Fitness at Kipling. (Photo credit:  The Kipling Citizen). R:  Kipling's Summer Slam Volleyball Skills Camp was a big hit. (Photo credit:  Kipling and District Parks and Recreation Board)

 

Kipling's Fit for Life program offers something for everyone. Active throughout the year, this suite of physical activities is designed for all ages and captures the interests of almost everyone. ...

Through the summer, Kipling's H2O (water) Camp involved those 15 and older with toning exercises in the Kipling swimming pool. On August 6-8, with assistance from qualified volleyball instructors, over 70 youth, ages 12-17, honed their skills at Kipling's Summer Slam Volleyball Skills Camp.

Each Tuesday morning from September to June, Older Adult Fitness classes offer light cardio and strength training, including balancing and flexibility, for those 55 and up. Many in their late 70s and mid-80s are attending! Also this Fall, the Kipling and District Parks and Recreation Board provides Tuesday night yoga and fitness classes with cardio and strengthening for those 15 and older. From November to March, a youth and adult Learn to Curl Clinic is offered to those 10 and up. Participants of the free youth curling clinic require only a broom and a slider to join.

During winter months and at least twice per week, there's early morning Winter Walking in the Gym, and a Fit Kids Program on weekdays for after school physical activity. The Learn to Curl and Free Throw (basketball) Fridays were requested and are proving to be a great hit with Kipling's Filipino Canadians.

About 100 newcomers to Canada have joined Kipling's 1,100 residents in the last two years. Curling and basketball through the Fit for Life program keep residents and newcomers routinely returning and socializing, as well as becoming more physically fit.

"It's a coordinated approach, designed to entice each and every community resident--of any age--to become more active, more socially involved, more integrated into our community." says Susan Hengen, recreation programmer with the Kipling and District Parks and Recreation Board. "It's a great way to welcome and become acquainted with those new to our area as we also become healthier and more active."

Open to all Kipling and area residents, Fit for Life offers easy access to participation with minimal or no-cost entry for activities. The program was designed to boost physical activity levels to meet or exceed the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines.* Hengen indicates that national data about Canadian physical fitness were accurate for her area and that most Canadians tend to ignore health predictions related to low levels of physical activity.

"So we decided to do something about that." Hengen explains. "We are offering various physical activities so we can capture an interest from almost every resident."

Overwhelming participation--about 370 involved--in the Fit for Life program suggests there is a lot going on in Kipling, two hours by vehicle southeast of Regina.

 

*Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines indicate:  Children 5-11 years AND Youth 12-17 years need 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily; Adults 18-64 years AND Older adults 65+ need 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic physical activity per week in bouts of 10 minutes or more.

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