Enews September 2015

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Sept 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 
develoment, youth 
programming, volunteer
 leadership, physical activity, 
 Aboriginal  inclusion, facility 
upgrades or renovations,
    and community celebrations.   

 In this e-update:

  - CIF Deadline quickly approaching!
  - You're invited to the 2015 Northern Tour!    

  - CIF Feature Stor: Forever in Motion

  - Resources:

  • Time for the Plural Sector
  • Upstream
  • Election Rules for Nonprofits
  • Writing Effective Funding Proposals 

  - Other Funding Sources:

  • GoodLife Kids Foundation
  • Multicultural Initiatives Fund
  • Aboriginal Arts & Culture Leadership Grant 
  • Viterra Community Investment Program
  • Grant Opportunities Booklet
  - CIF Grant Tip: New CIF Resources!
  • Program Guidelines
  • Application Guidelines
  • Sample Applications     

Next Application Deadline: OCTOBER 1, 2015

Don't Miss it!

Thinking of applying to our Community Grant Program or Community Places and Spaces Program? The next deadline is midnight October 1st. We encourage you to submit your application well before the deadline to allow time for questions and avoid technology snags - they do happen! 

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

Community Places and Spaces Program: Offers grants for small capital projects and upgrades to multi-use community facilities. Deadline: October 1. APPLY HERE.

Reminder: you are invited to the
Community Initiatives Fund 2015 Northern Tour! 

The CIF is hitting the road from Sept 8-11th to host grant writing workshops in Northern Saskatchewan communities!

Sept 8 – La Loche – Dene High School – 1pm-4pm 
Sept 9 – Buffalo Narrows – Lakeview Complex – 10am-2pm 
Sept 10 – Ile-a-la-Crosse – St. Joseph’s Hospital – 1pm-4pm 
Sept 11 – Pinehouse – Village Hall – 10am-2pm 
Lunches will be provided! 

The first half of this workshop provides information on the CIF and the projects it funds as well as shares basic tips and resources for writing successful grant applications. The second half of this workshop is optional as it provides a hands-on opportunity for you to ask questions and get your application process started! Make sure to bring your most enthralling ideas! 

Please register by contacting Rhonda Newton at 306.780.9308 or rnewton@cifsask.org.

Spread the word! Click here for your copy of CIF’s 2015 Northern Tour poster to hang in your community.

Feature Story: Forever in Motion - Fitness for Older Adults

Carrot River’s Forever In Motion – Fitness for Older Adults program, supported in part through a grant from the Community Initiatives Fund, provides fitness courses for their local senior citizen population. 
This program is available today because of the support of a wonderful woman from the Carrot River community who was active and eager to share her passion for healthy living with everyone. She attended the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA) Leader Workshop in Prince Albert and graciously helped create a fitness program for her peers. A 
six-week program trial had an overwhelming response from community members. This led to the training of a number of volunteers which provided the means to run an annual 6 month fitness program! 

Delivered by the Carrot River Recreation Board, the Forever In Motion program offers the SPRA Forever in Motion Leader Workshop within their community to train local senior citizens to become fitness leaders. After the workshop, these leaders will lead an annual 6 month fitness program for the peers. The exercises will be appropriate for all ages, abilities and will work towards increasing mobility, safety and quality living. 

The senior participants have expressed positive comments regarding this opportunity. Many enjoy the time to socialize and have expressed an increase in their energy levels and confidence. “Mostly the opportunity to be active in a safe and appropriate way is appreciated as this has often been a struggle for seniors; walking in poor weather holds a risk of falling, using the local gym was confusing; and some exercises proved too risky” says Miranda Blaber – the Town of Carrot River Recreation Department’s Recreation Director. “Overall the seniors are being more active, increasing their abilities, quality of life and enjoying time together!”

Find the Feature Story PDF here!

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Local participants of the Forever in Motion - Fitness for Older Adults Program     Photo credit: Miranda Blaber


Time for the Plural Sector article from Stanford Social Innovation Review 
plural sector - ssir.jpg Check out “Time for the Plural Sector” – a great article from the
 Stanford Social Innovation Review. “A healthy society requires a
 respected public sector, a responsible private sector, and a robust
 plural sector. Calling it “plural,” in place of inadequate labels like
 nonprofit or third, will help this sector take its rightful place
 alongside the other two and also help us to appreciate the unique
 role it has to play in restoring that balance.” Find the article here

Upstream upstream logo.jpg
Have you heard about Upstream? Upstream is a movement to create a healthy society through evidence-based, people-centered ideas. Upstream seeks to reframe public discourse around addressing the social determinants of health in order to build a healthier society. Also, Upstream is a nonprofit based right here in Saskatchewan! Watch this video or head to the website to learn more. 

Election Rules for Nonprofits (that are not charities) 
democracy-amp-nonprofits-(1).jpg Non-profits play a crucial role in making democracy vibrant and
 effective. However, this role can be hampered if non-profits aren’t sure
 how election rules apply to them or their activities. To help deal with
 this confusion, Samara put together an article to help non-profits pursue
 their mission and communicate with clarity and confidence this
 campaign season. Click here for the article!

 Charitable organizations have more stringent rules they must adhere to.
 More info here

Get the edge: Writing effective funding proposals wwwww.jpg
Mary Walters shares tips and suggestions on how to get the maximum impact from your grant-writing efforts. “After about thirty years of looking at grant proposals from every perspective imaginable, I know the reason for Application Procrastination. And I am going to share it with you. I am also going tell you how you can overcome it. After reading this article, your grant applications are going to be better written – and stronger contenders for funding – than they’ve ever been before.” More here!

Need a crash course in effective proposal writing techniques? Charity Village’s Proposal Writing eLearning course will help you learn how to create memorable objectives, create a program budget, produce and evaluation plan, and more! More info!

Other Funding Sources: 

GoodLife Kids Foundation – Deadline: Oct 30, 2015 
The GoodLife Kids Foundation has recently redefined their Grant Criteria and the kinds of programs their Grant Program will support. They now accept requests for funding for inclusive physical activity programs for children with special needs. More info...

Multicultural Initiatives Fund – Deadlines: Sept 30, 2015 & March 31, 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. More info...

Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Leadership Grant – Deadline: Oct 15, 2015 
The Aboriginal Arts and Culture Leadership Grant supports the sharing of cultural skills and knowledge to young people through participatory cultural activity with First Nations or Métis arts and culture leaders. More info...

Viterra Community Investment Program 
Through the Community Investment Program, Viterra is committed to contributing to positive social outcomes in the communities. Viterra provides support in the following three areas: promoting sports and recreation in rural communities with a focus on youth; Agricultural awareness and related activities; and promoting grain industry education & safety. More info...

Grant Opportunities Booklet – from the Sask Parks & Recreation Association 
The SPRA Grant Opportunities Booklet is a great starting point for both professionals and volunteers working within our sector looking for grants to support projects, programs or initiatives. SPRA has compiled over 130 unique grant opportunities specific to sport, culture and recreation. Click here for the Grants and Funding Opportunities booklet. 

CIF Grant Tip Presents: 
New CIF Resources to help you through the grant writing process!

CGP GUIDELINES (English)   CGP GUIDELINES (French) - The CGP guidelines provide information on the activities this program supports, CIF’s current priorities, who is eligible to apply, application deadlines and amounts, the application and review process, and eligible and ineligible expenses. 

CGP Application Guides
 - The information in this guide is designed to help you complete your CGP application as easily as possible! 

CGP Sample Application
 - This sample application is based on a successful CGP application. It is designed to assist you in the application process by providing an example of several of the features we are looking for in an application! 

CPS GUIDELINES (English)    CPS GUIDELINES (French) - The CPS Program guidelines provide information on who is eligible to apply, application deadlines and amounts, the application and review process, and eligible and ineligible expenses. 

CPS Application Guides
 - The information in this guide is designed to help you complete your CPS Program application as easily as possible! 

CPS Sample Application
 - This sample application is based on a successful CPS Program application. It is designed to assist you in the application process by providing an example of several of the features we are looking for in an application!

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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Welcome to the Community Initiatives Fund!

From our February and April 2015 deadlines, we announce 502 projects that are receiving $7,210,203 toward individual, family and community wellbeing among Saskatchewan people through the Community Grant and Community Places and Spaces programs (April 1st deadline) and through Summer Grants (February 1st deadline). Congratulations to all Saskatchewan community grant recipients!

Community Places and Spaces Program Extended!

The CIF is excited to announce the extension of the popular Community Places and Spaces Program! Targeted to end March 31, 2016 the program will now end March 31, 2017. This means 2 application deadlines remain: October 1, 2015 and October 1, 2016. The program supports small capital renovations that improve the quality, sustainability, and long-term use of multi-purpose community facilities such as halls, recreation facilities, and playgrounds. Apply here!

The CIF Supports Unique Strategic Initiatives!

In addition to our traditional grants the CIF will sometimes identify and support particular initiatives that involve and benefit a large number of partners, organizations, communities, or participants as well as demonstrate strong alignment with CIF’s mission, strategic directions, values, funding objectives and priorities. Some of the Strategic Initiative projects that the CIF recently funded include:

CMHA Saskatchewan Branch’s Gambling Awareness Program (CMHA GAP) - Awarded $432,695

CMHA’s Gambling Awareness Program delivers community based prevention and education initiatives to strengthen the capacity of individuals and communities in Saskatchewan to gamble responsibly and to identify and respond to gambling problems. Learn more about CMHA’s Gambling Awareness Program here!

Mind, Exercise, Nutrition… Do IT! (MEND) - Awarded $750,000 

MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition… Do It!) programs focus on the prevention, and early intervention of childhood overweight and obesity among children aged 2-13 and their families. Each MEND program is based on evidential research and employs a multi-faceted approach that is community and family-centered, utilizing existing and trusted social infrastructures within communities for its delivery. The programs are provided free of charge through the support of partners and donors. Learn more about MEND here

Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) - Awarded $209,888 

The Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) is an interdisciplinary, community-university collaborative, comprising students, the voluntary sector and faculty/staff administered out of the VSSN office at Luther College at the University of Regina. VSSN’s main purpose is to develop a more direct and visible route for graduating students to enter careers in the sector through the creation of a certificate program, thus supporting the vitality of the sector and ultimately the well-being of Saskatchewan communities. Learn more about the VSSN here

We welcome your community's involvement in the Community Initiatives Fund!

Tracey Mann

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