Pooling Efforts in Grenfell

An outdoor pool isn’t generally a hot topic in January, and especially not in Saskatchewan. But in Grenfell, it’s the talk of the town! Community leaders are gearing up to rebuild their pool later this spring.

With abundant moisture and ground-swell, the concrete surrounding this pool has cracked and heaved. Attempts to patch it are futile, and safety concerns with pool use clouded last summer’s activities. A new liner, plumbing and a rebuilt concrete deck are planned.

Last year's wet spring led to cracks in the concrete surrounding Grenfell's outdoor pool. Photo credit:  Grenfell Regional Park Authority.

“We count on our pool,” says Danean Karlunchuck, Grenfell Regional Park Authority manager.  “It’s a key attraction with campers and golfers, visitors and residents alike. Great for recreation, it (the pool) doubles as an exercise facility and training centre for water safety.”

In tandem with these plans are fundraising activities, as rebuilding is costly. Last summer dedicated Grenfell youth ran a lemonade stand and bake sale for this effort. A local Lions Club raffle and Snow Drifters January snowmobile rally will also contribute earnings, and car show officials on the May long weekend are dedicating all profits to pool renovations. Over $10,000 from fundraisers and donations has been received. More fundraising is planned.

The Community Initiatives Fund, through its Community Vitality Program, is also contributing with a Capital Grant of $50,000 to revitalize the pool.

For more detail on Grenfell’s pool rebuild, contact Ms. Daneen Karlunchuck at gredm@sasktel.net or at 306.697.2873.

Community Initiatives Fund grants are available for all Saskatchewan communities. Contact Ms. Rhonda Newton, Grants Administrator, at rnewton@sasksport.sk.ca or 306.780.9308 for details.


Grenfell residents like Keegan Speidelsbach (shown here) diligently fundraise to support this town's rebuilt pool.

Photo credit:  Carol Speidelsbach

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Coleville's Hall Gets A New Cover!

Coleville’s Hall Gets A New Cover!


The community of Coleville will soon replace its Community Hall roof, thanks to dedicated Coleville businesses, residents and the Community Initiatives Fund. Details of the roof replacement are being noted and a tender will soon be issued to companies able to undertake this project.


Damage from wind and rain has caused “damming” on the existing roof, a build-up of snow that melts and freezes into the roof. Subsequently, the ceiling of the Hall harbours water that drips through the structure, onto the hardwood floor.


The new roof will be expensive, so last spring community leaders applied to CIF’s Community Vitality Program for a Capital Grant, receiving $46,000 toward their new roof.


“When full, our hall accommodates over 400 people,” says Gillain Lund, administrator for the Village of Coleville and R.M. of Oakdale. “It’s (the hall) a great facility and probably the largest for miles. Weddings and funerals, oil patch safety meetings, even family reunions happen here! Our community wants—and needs—this hall in top condition.”


Fundraising continues. A Street Dance garnered support last August and some businesses and residents have also made donations. More efforts are planned.


For more detail on the roof replacement, contact Ms. Gillain Lund at rm320@sasktel.net or 306.965.2281.


Grant information about the Community Initiatives Fund is available from Ms. Rhonda Newton, Grants Administrator, at rnewton@sasksport.sk.ca or  306.780.9308.

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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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