Enews Feb 2017

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Is the Community Initiatives Fund in your community yet?

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


Next Application Deadline: April 1, 2017

Thinking of applying to our Community Grant Program? The next deadline is midnight April 1. Please refer to the *updated* guidelines before applying.

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

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


CIF Feature Story: Healthy Start / Départ Santé (HSDS)

Healthy Start / Départ Santé (HSDS) is a bilingual health promotion initiative that increases healthy eating and physical activity opportunities in early years settings. This is done by providing directors, educators, teachers and cooks with in-person training sessions, resources and continual support. HSDS is one of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Innovation Strategy: Achieving Healthy Weights projects and it is led by the Réseau Santé en français de la Saskatchewan. 

HSDS targets children ages 3 to 5 years old in early learning settings. To date, HSDS has trained over 250 sites in Saskatchewan and another 24 in New Brunswick. This initiative is available to everyone, but a concerted effort has been made to reach Indigenous, newcomer and underserved populations. 

For the full story, click here
For a list of previous Feature Stories, click here

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Resources & Events:

 Accelerating Community Change with Collective Impact Workshop 
Join internationally recognized trainer and community builder, Liz Weaver, in Regina, Saskatchewan on March 15, 2017 for a workshop that dives into the collective impact approach and how you can use it to enhance the impact of community change efforts. Click here.

Win up to $500 in Team-Based Professional Development 
Community Foundations of Canada is on the lookout for stories of nonprofit HR innovation in Canada. Got a great example of HR innovation happening at your nonprofit? Share your story for a chance to win up to $500 in team-based professional development for your organization. Click here

Overseeing the Annual Budget Preparation Resource from SARC

This blog focuses on some of the key questions non-profit Boards can consider while overseeing the annual budget preparation. It also includes a helpful resource from SARC's ELEVATE program that Directors can download and utilize throughout the budget planning process. Click here. 

Partnerships Resource from SaskCulture 
Partnerships are integral to the nonprofit sector for many reasons. They enable organizations to do more than they could alone, they can stimulate more diverse and innovative thinking, and they can expand audience reach. For information on the different types of partnerships, the characteristics of a positive partnership, and the steps to create effective partnerships visit the SaskCulture website. Click here. 

Canada 150 Website 
Stay up-to-date on the most recent developments and exciting projects taking place across Canada by checking the Canada 150 webpage regularly. Click here. 

Saskatchewan Library Association Marks 75th Anniversary 
The Saskatchewan Library Association will celebrate its 75th anniversary by launching the One Book, One Province initiative in March. The project aims to increase literacy and create a reading culture by providing opportunities for residents to become more socially engaged in their community. Click here. 

Heritage Day 2017 
The National Trust for Canada is pleased to announce the theme "My Canada!" for Heritage Day 2017. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, "My Canada!" is designed to inspire Canadians to embrace, explore and enjoy their own heritage places and spaces across the country. Celebrate your Canada during Heritage Week, February 20-26, 2017. Click here

150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge 
Join the Canada 150 for 150 volunteer challenge. Register now and commit to volunteering 150 hours in 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. Click here. 


Other Funding Sources: 

ParticipACTION 150 Play List Community Grant (Deadlines: Feb 8, Apr 24, Aug 21)
Register your event or program to be eligible to get a 150 Play List Event Celebration Kit (while supplies last) and take advantage of their downloadable toolkits to help promote your activity. Community micro-grants are also available to support not for profit community organizations, schools and municipalities who are planning to deliver 150 Play List programs and events in 2017. Click here

Community Cultural Engagement and Planning Grant (Deadline: Feb 15, 2017)
SaskCulture’s Community Cultural Engagement and Planning grant aims to support Saskatchewan municipalities and First Nations Bands to explore and plan for the creative and cultural potential of a community. Click here. 

Métis Recreation Development Grant (Deadline: April 1, 2017) 
The SPRA Métis Recreation Development Grant assists SPRA active members to develop recreation opportunities for Métis people in Saskatchewan. Click here

Forever...in motion Grant (Deadline: April 1, 2017) 
The Forever...in motion Grant supports communities in the development, implementation and/or delivery of a Forever…in motion program. Click here

Community Cultural Diversity Inclusion Grant (Deadline: April 1, 2017) 
The SPRA Community Cultural Diversity Inclusion Grant assists SPRA active members in offering recreation programs or events that target the diverse populations within the member's community. Click here

Friendly Action Grants (Continuous, No Deadline) 
EcoFriendly Sask provides small grants, usually $500, to support local projects that will improve the environment. Projects should reduce or prevent damage to the natural environment. Click here.
 


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Updated CIF Guidelines - Effective Immediately

 If you are applying for CIF’s Community Grant Program this April 1, 2017, you must follow the updated guidelines. CIF’s guidelines have been updated to improve clarity on what is eligible under CIF’s Community Grant Program. Before completing your grant application, you are strongly encouraged to read the updated guidelines to ensure your expenses are eligible. 

Changes to eligibilities include: 

  • Honorariums are ineligible, except for those paid to Aboriginal Elders to a maximum of $150/day and elder helpers to a maximum of $50/day. Tobacco may be part of the Elder honorarium, but the total cost of the honorarium and tobacco may not exceed $150/day.
  • Equipment, furniture, and other purchases previously ineligible may be eligible if directly related to the delivery of the project. 

CIF's updated Community Grant Program guidelines: ENGLISH | FRENCH 

CIF provides a Sample Application based on a successful Community Grant Program application. It is designed to assist you in the application process by providing an example of what we are looking for in an application. 
Find the updated Sample Application here.
 


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Saskatchewan’s Community Initiatives Fund is a Special Purpose Fund created through The Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation Act & is accountable to the Ministry of Parks, Culture & Sport. Our programs are funded through a portion of the Regina & 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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Summer Grant Deadline

 

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Summer Grant Application Deadline:
 FEBRUARY 1, 2017

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!


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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Enews Jan 2017

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Is the Community Initiatives Fund in your community yet?

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


Next Application Deadline: February 1, 2017

Thinking of applying to our Community Grant Program Summer Grant? The next deadline is midnight February1st. Please refer to the guidelines before applying.

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


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$4.5 Million Awarded to 274 Projects!

The Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) is thrilled to announce that Saskatchewan communities will benefit from 274 grants totaling $4,523,480 from CIF’s October 1st, 2016 deadline. CIF supports initiatives that enhance individual and community quality of life and wellbeing. With CIF support, Saskatchewan communities benefit by having access to local projects that encourage community development, access to programs and services, inclusion, and leadership. Check out our media release for more information as well as the complete list of grant recipients and their projects!


Summer Feature Stories: 
Allan Summer Fun Program & Kool Summer Daze

The programs highlighted in this month’s Feature Story have both received a grant from CIF’s Summer Grant program. Summer Grants are intended to support activities and programs 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. For more information on summer grants, please read our guidelines and/or contact admin@cifsask.org or 306.780.9308. 

The Allan Summer Fun Program is a summer program for children aged five to twelve with a focus on mental growth, physical activity, and healthy lifestyles. “The quality of life for the children of our community has been increased by giving children something extra to look forward to daily” said Nordmarken. “For our community the benefits of having our children grow up with positive outlets to express themselves as well as a sense of ease for parents knowing their children have a safe place to go is immense.” 

Kool Summer Daze provided children with the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of games, crafts, and activities. This program was offered at no cost and was accessible to children of all needs. “This summer program made it possible for children to engage in the community in meaningful ways” shared Bonnie Marchildon, Office Administrator. “Children gained a sense of belonging and they also learned to take pride in their community. It not only helped keep our community active throughout the summer, but it brought a dynamic sense of community to all involved.”

For the full story, click here
For a list of previous Feature Stories, click here

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Resources & Events:

 Heartwarming statistics about Canadian Nonprofits 
Charity Village has put together an infographic of heartwarming statistics about Canadian Nonprofits. Click here.

Anti-Racism Facilitator Training for Anti-Racism Youth Leadership Workshops 
In order to have facilitators for the anti-racism youth leadership workshops, MCoS is offering anti-racism facilitator training. This intensive orientation will take place the day before the large workshop in Regina, Saskatoon and Swift Current. Facilitators will be expected to commit to both the training and the workshop. Click here. 

2017 Arrêt/Stop Racism Youth Leadership Workshops 
MCoS is offering an opportunity for high school students to participate in an anti-racism leadership workshop. Students will engage with peers from throughout the province as they participate in activities to explore identity, intercultural relationships, power, privilege, racism and discrimination. They will learn to facilitate these activities for use in the local school and community. Great prep for the International Day for the Elimination of Racism on March 21st. Click here. 

Annual General Meeting Resource - SaskCulture 
An Annual General Meeting is required by law for any provincially incorporated non-profit organization, not to mention being an important part of its democratic life. Check out How to Run an Annual General Meeting on SaskCulture's website for useful information to help you prepare and conduct an effective AGM. Click here. 

When to file the T3010 
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has released a page to help charities better understand when to file their T3010 charity return. The CRA page also outlines what needs to be included with your T3010 and has links to various guides and checklists to help charities accurately compile their return and documentation. Click here
 


Other Funding Sources: 

Main Street Saskatchewan Grant Program (Deadline: Jan 23, 2017) 
This grant supports the implementation of the Government of Saskatchewan's Main Street Saskatchewan program by providing funds to local Main Street organizations and the owners of properties located in participating Main Street program areas for community organization, economic restructuring, marketing and heritage conservation and design projects. Click here. 

Leadership Development Grant (Deadline: Feb 1, 2017) 
The SPRA Leadership Development Grant encourages members to develop human resources needed to continue building community capacity that will advance recreational opportunities. Click here. 

Community Cultural Engagement and Planning Grant (Deadline: Feb 15, 2017) 
SaskCulture’s Community Cultural Engagement and Planning grant (CCEP) aims to support Saskatchewan municipalities and First Nations Bands to explore and plan for the creative and cultural potential of a community. Click here. 

Take The Lead! Funding (First come first serve until Feb 28, 2017) 
Take the Lead! is a program focused on fostering leadership skills in youth aged 11-14. The Take the Lead! Training Assistance Program is available to schools or community organizations interested in implementing a Take the Lead! program. Click here

Métis Recreation Development Grant (Deadline: April 1, 2017) 
The SPRA Métis Recreation Development Grant assists SPRA active members to develop recreation opportunities for Métis people in Saskatchewan. Click here

Community Cultural Diversity Inclusion Grant (Deadline: April 1, 2017) 
The SPRA Community Diversity Inclusion Grant assists SPRA active members in offering recreation programs or events that target the diverse populations within the member's community. Click here.
 


CIF Grant Tip: Summer Grants vs. Community Grant Program

 When you apply for a CIF grant, be sure you are applying to the correct grant program that suits your project’s needs. 
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Summer Grants – Deadline: February 1 
Summer Grants support activities and programs 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. Please note that although your project may occur between May and August, it must be specifically for children and youth to qualify as a summer grant.

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. Community Grant Program projects can include Child and youth development; reducing barriers to participation; prevention, intervention and support programs; cultural and community events; and volunteerism and capacity building. For more information, please read through the guidelines.

For the PDF, click here.


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Saskatchewan’s Community Initiatives Fund is a Special Purpose Fund created through The Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation Act & is accountable to the Ministry of Parks, Culture & Sport. Our programs are funded through a portion of the Regina & 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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Enews Dec 2016

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Is the Community Initiatives Fund in your community yet?

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


Next Application Deadline: February 1, 2017

Thinking of applying to our Community Grant Program Summer Grant? The next deadline is midnight February1st. Please refer to the guidelines before applying.

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


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ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT TO APPLY!

 CIF 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 from our Community Grant Program and making grant recommendations to the CIF Board of Directors. 

     - Find the details here
     - Find the application here

To apply, send your completed application form to mleisle@cifsask.org by December 2, 2016. If you have any questions about the application process or adjudication requirements, contact Matt Leisle at 306.780.9397 or mleisle@cifsask.org.


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Listen to Dis Community Organization Inc.

 Enabling Inclusive Arts; Listen to Dis Community Organization Inc. This program targets anyone living with a disability that wants to spread their creative wings. It reaches many different communities including various disability communities, the arts community, agencies and their employees working with marginalized people, and a broad spectrum of others who make up LTD’s audiences. 

“The true integration and acceptance of the broader community has changed the way each and every member feels about themselves and the world around them” said Foster. 

For the full story, click here
For a list of previous Feature Stories, click here

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Resources & Events:

Resource Roundup: Community Planning & Development 
Every month, the CIF features a new Resource Roundup PDF on a specific topic. This month's topic is on Community Planning & Development. Find a number of resources that aim to help build and strengthen communities for everyone to live and thrive in. Click here. 

2016 Canadian Index of Wellbeing National Report 
Is our overall quality of life getting better or worse? Are we getting closer or moving farther away from realizing the kind of Canada we want to live in? The 2016 Canadian Index of Wellbeing national report compares trends in Canadian wellbeing, showing that the gap between economic growth and wellbeing is widening. Click here. 

Nominate a Volunteer for Canada’s Volunteer Awards 
Canada’s Volunteer Awards recognize the outstanding contributions of individual volunteers, not-for-profit organizations and businesses across the country in helping communities. Nominate a volunteer, a not-for-profit organization, or a business for the Canada’s Volunteer Awards. Click here

Active Toy Guide 
The Active Toy Guide is filled with great gift ideas to help kids of all ages burn off steam, chart an active outdoor adventure and experience the joy of movement. Use the Active Toy Guide to find one or two active ideas to keep the whole family moving all year long! Click here.

Major Events in 2017 A Year of Celebration

The celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation begins with a bang with the Canada 150 Kick Off on Dec 31, 2016. From St. John's to Victoria, Montreal to Whitehorse, Canadians will celebrate the launch of Canada's 150th anniversary with memorable activities and exciting performances held in 19 major urban centres across the country. Find out which 19 cities will stage a major event on December 31. Click here. 

Winter 2017 Courses in Nonprofit Sector Leadership & Innovation Certificate 
Two NSLI courses are being offered through the Nonprofit Sector Leadership and Innovation Certificate program in winter 2017: Nonprofit Communications and Nonprofit Advocacy & Community Development. For information on how to register for these courses contact Jennifer Billan at the Voluntary Sector Studies Network at Luther College, Robin Markel in the Centre for Continuing Education, or Mary Vetter at Luther College. Click here. 

After School Resources for Saskatchewan Practitioners 
This new portal supports after school program planning, promotion, evaluation and parent engagement. Resources are drawn from the national Active After School website, and from colleagues across the country. New content will be added throughout the school year so keep checking back! Click here
 


Other Funding Sources: 

SPRA 2016-2017 Grants and Funding Guide 
Our sector relies heavily on grant opportunities to deliver important programs and services across the province. SPRA has compiled over 130 unique opportunities specific to Sport, Culture and Recreation into the SPRA Grants and Funding Opportunities Guide. Click here. 

Main Street Saskatchewan Grant Program (Deadline: Jan 15, 2017) 
The Main Street Saskatchewan Grant Program supports the implementation of the Government of Saskatchewan's Main Street Saskatchewan program by providing funds to local Main Street organizations and the owners of properties located in participating Main Street program areas for community organization, economic restructuring, marketing and heritage conservation and design projects. Click here. 

Leadership Development Grant (Deadline: Feb 1, 2017) 
The SPRA Leadership Development Grant encourages members to develop human resources needed to continue building community capacity that will advance recreational opportunities. Click here. 

Municipal Cultural Planning and Engagement Fund (Deadline: Feb 15, 2017) 
The Municipal Cultural Engagement and Planning 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. 

Take The Lead! Funding (First come first serve until Feb 28, 2017) 
Take the Lead! is a program focused on fostering leadership skills in youth aged 11-14. The Take the Lead! Training Assistance Program is available to schools or community organizations interested in implementing a Take the Lead! program. Click here
 


CIF Grant Tip: The Executive Summary

The Executive Summary of your Grant Application:

The executive summary is the first section that will be read in a grant proposal. The summary should explain the community problem and your proposed solution. Ensure you express the need of your program and the results you aim to achieve. 

The summary may be the most difficult part of the grant proposal to write. Although it is listed at the beginning of your application, consider completing the summary last. This is because the summary provides the overview of the entire grant proposal. 

The summary of your proposed project must be clear and concise. You may also include a short description of your organization, but keep in mind CIF’s maximum word count of 500 words. 

Once you have completed the summary, be sure to do the Litmus Test by asking yourself: if a person read only this description, would they be able to understand the entire intent and scope of the project?

For an example of what CIF is looking for in an executive summary, click here.


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Saskatchewan’s Community Initiatives Fund is a Special Purpose Fund created through The Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation Act & is accountable to the Ministry of Parks, Culture & Sport. Our programs are funded through a portion of the Regina & 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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Enews Nov 2016

November 2016      |       Not seeing this email correctly? View it online here.

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Is the Community Initiatives Fund in your community yet?

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


Next Application Deadline: February 1, 2017

Thinking of applying to our Community Grant Program Summer Grant? The next deadline is midnight February1st. Please refer to the guidelines before applying.

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.


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CIF 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 from our Community Grant Program and making grant recommendations to the CIF Board of Directors. 

     - Find the details here
     - Find the application here

To apply, send your completed application form to mleisle@cifsask.org by December 2, 2016. If you have any questions about the application process or adjudication requirements, contact Matt Leisle at 306.780.9397 or mleisle@cifsask.org.


Feature Story: Northern Partnership for Inclusion

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“We are working closely with partners in each community to find efficiencies, to smooth out jurisdictional barriers, to bridge the gaps in knowledge, and to develop locally based solutions for individuals with intellectual disabilities” says Dickson.

The Saskatchewan Association for Community Living has implemented Northern Partnership for Inclusion (NPI) to build a case for better supports and services for individuals with intellectual disabilities in Northern Saskatchewan. Currently NPI is operating in La Ronge, Creighton, Pinehouse and Onion Lake. 

For the full story, click here
For a list of previous Feature Stories, click here

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Resources & Events:

Resource Roundup: Continuity Planning
Every month, the CIF features a new Resource Roundup PDF on a specific topic. This month's topic is on Continuity Planning. A service continuity plan allows organizations to maintain their critical services in the event of a crisis. It’s best to plan these strategies in advance, not under the stress of a disaster. Click here

CIF's Community Perspectives Survey Summary
Early in 2016, CIF undertook a Community Perspectives Survey asking for your feedback and input into CIF’s grant program priorities and administration. We received 543 responses! The information presented in this summary consists of responses from the respondents who took part in this survey. Our Board wishes to thank everyone who took the time to complete the survey. Your comments provided a wealth of information that will inform our planning over the coming year as we strive to remain responsive to community priorities. Click here

ELEVATE 
SARC’s new Board development program ELEVATE is an online program specifically designed for new and experienced Boards of Directors in the nonprofit sector. This comprehensive program provides information on governance best practices in a number of key areas including legal and financial responsibilities. It also includes a wealth of resources ranging from sample policies and templates to helpful checklists that can be customized to fit your organization’s specific needs. The program is flexible and can be accessed at any time to best suit your Board’s schedule. For more information visit SARC’s Learning Central website. Click here. 

2017 Go Out & Play Challenge 
Registration is now OPEN for the 2017 Go Out & Play Challenge powered by Saskatchewan Blue Cross. This year's challenge runs March 1-10, 2017. Inspire children, youth and families in your community to Go Outside and Play! Get your community active and log their physical activity minutes for a chance to win $10,000 towards your active outdoor project. Register today! 

Let's Make Saskatchewan the Most Playful Province! 
In celebration of Canada's 150th birthday, Saskatchewan in motion is teaming up with Sask Sport, Ministry for Parks, Culture & Sport, Saskatchewan Parks & Recreation Association (SPRA), and the Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) to get Saskatchewanians moving with the ParticipACTION 150 Play List. Canada's 150th birthday is an opportunity to celebrate all that makes us Canadian, and being physically active is an essential part of that collective identity. The ParticipACTION 150 Play List is the ultimate list of 150 physical activities that make us Canadian. The top 150 activities will be selected by Canadians, and Canadians will be encouraged to participate in as many of the 150 activities as possible in 2017! Vote now! 

Launch of the Framework for Recreation in Canada 
The Canadian Parks and Recreation Association recently announced the launch of the Framework for Recreation in Canada 2015 Implementation Portal. This portal is home to resources that support implementation of the Framework within your organization, including key messages, a FAQ section, tools and templates, news about the implementation and special resource collections. The portal also provides an opportunity for you to share your Framework implementation plans and best practices with colleagues across the country. Click here. 

Regina Area’s Third Annual Vital Signs Report 
The annual Vital Signs reports promote awareness of community issues and are used by communities for social planning, by citizens and philanthropists to identify community needs and strengths, and by community foundations to inform their grantmaking and leadership activities. Click here.  
 


Other Funding Sources: 

Forever...in motion Grant (Deadline: Nov 15, 2016) 
SPRA's Forever...in motion Grant supports communities in the development, implementation and/or delivery of a Forever…in motion program. Click here

SAYCW Healthy Schools and Communities Grant (Deadline: Nov 16, 2016) 
Do you have a great idea to improve health and well-being of youth in your school or community? The SAYCW Healthy Schools and Communities Grant is meant to positively impact youth health in Saskatchewan by supporting actions and initiatives at the school and/or community level. Click here

Museum Grant Program (Deadline: Nov 30) 
SaskCulture’s Museum Grant Program provides operational funding to help foster strong, vibrant, community-based SK museums that are valued and supported by society. This funding enables museums to focus on excellence in their programs and operations and to contribute to the understanding of the world and our place in it - our past, our present, and our future. Click here

Creative Kids (Deadline: Dec 2, 2016) 
Creative Kids provides funds for families with financial barriers so all children can participate in artistic and cultural activities. Creative Kids help children across the province take music, art, dance, drama, and cultural classes and have several application dates each year. Click here

2016 Community Rink Affordability Grant (Deadline: Dec 16, 2016) 
The Community Rink Affordability Grant is a program for communities in Saskatchewan to register their indoor Skating or Curling rinks for funding. Click here.
 


CIF Grant Tip: The Final Report

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. Any unused CIF funds, or funds used for purposes other than that approved by CIF, must be returned to CIF. 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 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. 

CIF may request proprietary information for verification purposes and will not release this information, except as required by law. Information will be securely stored for seven years, as required by The Personal Information Protection and Electronics Documents Act, and then destroyed. 

       FINAL REPORT for Community Grant Program 
       FINAL REPORT for Community Places and Spaces Program 

Your completed Final Report must be submitted by mail to: 
Community Initiatives Fund 
Rhonda Newton, Grants Administrator 
1870 Lorne Street 
Regina, SK S4P 2L7

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


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Saskatchewan’s Community Initiatives Fund is a Special Purpose Fund created through The Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation Act & is accountable to the Ministry of Parks, Culture & Sport. Our programs are funded through a portion of the Regina & Moose Jaw casino profits.

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