Enews June 2016

June 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 involve early childhood development, youth programming, volunteer leadership, physical activity, Aboriginal inclusion, facility upgrades or renovations, and community celebrations.


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Next Application Deadline: October 1, 2016

Thinking of applying to our Community Places and Spaces Program or Community Grant Program? The next deadline is midnight October 1st. Please refer to the guidelines before applying.

Community Places & Spaces Program:
 Offers grants for small capital projects and upgrades to multi-use community facilities. Final Deadline: October 1, 2016.

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. Annual Deadline: February 1.


Feature Story: Stronger Together; CNC

cnc quote.png“As our project name indicates, we believe that as a community we are ‘stronger together.’ This is the goal and major outcome of our project. Prince Albert is a community with significant challenges to its social infrastructure. Many people working in agencies, nonprofit organizations, and various helping professions often feel isolated and overwhelmed by the volume and severity of need presenting itself in the community. At the same time, a perfect storm of cut-backs, re-deployment of staff, increased demand, and changing priorities have meant that training and support for those on the front lines has all but dried up! This is where the Community Networking Coalition (CNC) comes in” shares Delphine Melchert, CNC Facilitator. 

The CNC provides daily e-mail communication, monthly face-to-face gatherings, a member directory, and annual free training or knowledge exchange to an ever-increasing network of local members. Membership is free and open to anyone wanting to increase their own knowledge and effectiveness in their workplace or citizenry. The CNC strongly believes that effective networking that captures trends and best practices and is delivered to the community in a way that meets their own needs is the very best way to support and enhance the important work that is being done with the most vulnerable families, elder members, and sectors of the community. (Continued…

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

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Resources:

Resource Roundup: Collective Impact 
Every month, the CIF features a new Resource Roundup PDF on a specific topic. This month's topic is on Collective Impact! Find a quick video describing the main concept of Collective Impact, along with more in-depth webinars and other resources to follow from Tamarack, Maytree, Collective Impact Forum, and more! Click here. 

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This is the first profile of social enterprises in Saskatchewan. Social enterprises work in communities to achieve training, income, social, cultural, and environmental mission. They contribute to local economies and growth while striving to address social inequalities. Thank you to everyone who participated in this survey. Check out the full report here. Similar surveys have been conducted in other provinces across Canada and the results of these surveys are available here

Community Action Workbook 
The Saskatchewan in motion Community Action Workbook and tools are designed to assist community leaders to develop, implement and evaluate physical activity action plans. Click here. 

Shared Platform Guidebook 
In its simplest terms, the shared platform is an efficient sharing of capacity and nurturing of emerging leadership, and it allows innovative projects to achieve extraordinary impacts in communities across Canada. Click here. 

Vital Signs: Sport and Belonging 
This report looks closely at how sport – when grounded in fairness, excellence, inclusion and fun – can strengthen our sense of belonging to each other and our communities. The report tackles the declining participation and a growing gender gap in sport across Canada. Click here. 
 


Other Funding Sources:

Share the Warmth Grants (Deadline: June 17, 2016)
SaskEnergy is inviting organizations to apply for one of the 2016 - 2017 provincial Share the Warmth grants, intended to help take the bite out of winter's cold. The grants are intended to assist people in coping with the challenges winter brings, providing access to winter necessities such as warm bedding, warm clothing, warm shelter and/or a hot meal. Click here. 

National Cost-Sharing Program for Heritage Places (Deadline: June 17, 2016) 
Parks Canada’s National Cost-Sharing Program for Heritage Places helps ensure the protection of heritage places that have been formally recognized by the Government of Canada, but that it does not administer. Click here. 

Community Infrastructure Program (Deadline: June 22, 2016) 
The Government of Canada announced that an additional $150 million will be available over two years to Regional Development Agencies in the second phase of the Community Infrastructure Program, which will support the renovation, expansion or improvement of community and recreational infrastructure, and will contribute to the achievement of two new priorities: a clean growth economy and a better future for Indigenous peoples. Click here.

KidSport Saskatoon (Deadline: Ongoing) 
KidSport provides grants to children from families facing financial obstacles so they can participate in registered sport programs. KidSport supports programs that provide children with a sustained sport experience led by qualified instructors. Click here. 

Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant (Deadline: Ongoing) 
The Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant will help businesses and non-profit organizations – both large and small – to train new or existing employees for available jobs, and provide increased opportunities for unemployed and underemployed workers to receive training. Click here

 


CIF Grant Tip: the CIF's Recognition Requirements

What you need to know about the CIF's Recognition Requirements

If you have received a grant from the CIF, you are required to recognize the CIF for providing a grant in support of your project. You are asked to consider every opportunity to recognize the CIF throughout project delivery. This may be accomplished in any combination of the following activities: 

- in print products, advertisements, signage and correspondence;
- publicly during a community gathering or celebration;
- and/or electronically through newsletters, bulletins, blogs and social media. 

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On the ‘Recognition Requirement’ page of our website, you can find the following: 

- The CIF's Recognition Standard Guidelines;
- horizontal and vertical CIF logos in a variety of formats;
- a Grant Recipient Certificate to print and display;
- and a short blurb on the CIF.

If you have any questions about CIF’s recognition requirements, please visit the website, or contact the Community Relations Coordinator at admin@cifsask.org or 306.780.9394.

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 and is 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 May 2016

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May 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 involve early childhood development, youth programming, volunteer leadership, physical activity, Aboriginal inclusion, facility upgrades or renovations, and community celebrations.


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Next Application Deadline: October 1, 2016

Thinking of applying to our Community Places and Spaces Program or Community Grant Program? The next deadline is midnight October 1st. Please refer to the guidelines before applying.

Community Places & Spaces Program:
 Offers grants for small capital projects and upgrades to multi-use community facilities. Final Deadline: October 1, 2016.

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. Annual Deadline: February 1.


Feature Story: 601 Nutrition Program; AIDS Saskatoon

“Food connects people. To share a meal with your family, in what you consider to be your home, is a powerful thing. Food is a basic and humanizing matter. People stay connected to services when they feel cared for, in a way that goes beyond case management. Food does that in a way that little else can.” – Saraih-Dawn Matthews, 601 Coordinator. 
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The 601 Nutrition Program started in January 2013 through the 601 Outreach Centre in Saskatoon. This program provides free nutritious meals for lunch, Monday through Friday, typically serving 30 people a day. In 2015, they served a total of 226 meals to 7,254 individuals! This program targets people who are affected by, or at risk of HIV, AIDS, and Hepatitis C. This population is often street involved, homeless, and may be living with an active addiction. Over the past year, the 601 Nutrition Program has improved by offering healthier foods, including healthy sources of protein, and extra sources of vitamins and minerals.

“When I come to the 601, I can be me without judgment.” - Participant. 

“This project has definitely improved the wellbeing of our community” shared Saraih-Dawn Matthews. “People cannot focus on other aspects of their lives when they are starving or malnourished. Knowing of a reliable place that serves lunch is one less thing that people have to worry about that day. Having reliable nourishment could be the difference for these individuals to have the time, energy, and support to focus on other fundamental areas in their lives” Matthews indicates. (Continued…

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


Events: 

Closing the Gap, Indigenous Health Innovations Forum – May 25, 2016 in Regina 
The Closing the Gap: Indigenous Health Innovations Forum will explore key policies and activities to improve the health and care experiences for Indigenous people in Saskatchewan. The forum will explore health research outcomes, policies positively impacting population and community health, and community-led participatory health research and programs. Click herefor more.  

VSSN and SNP Meeting of the Minds - June 9, 2016 in Regina 
The Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) and Saskatchewan Nonprofit Partnership (SNP) invite you to "Meeting of the Minds", a day-long gathering that will include the release of newly-completed research projects on the sector in Saskatchewan, knowledge sharing and networking opportunities. Click here for more. 

Deepening Community – June 7-9, 2016 in Edmonton 
Tamarack Institute will be returning to Edmonton June 7-9 for Deepening Community - a 3-day learning event focused on promising approaches to effectively building community. This is going to be a refreshing opportunity to connect with innovative thinkers about what it takes to build and sustain resilient neighbourhoods and strong municipalities. Click here for more.
 


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CIF's Resource Roundup: Leadership in Nonprofits!
Every month, the CIF will feature a new Resource Roundup PDF on a specific topic. This month, we focus in on Leadership in Nonprofits. Find a variety of formats including quick tips, guides, articles and even TED Talks on the various aspects of leadership from many valuable resources including Charity Village, Nonprofit Answer Guide, SSIR, and more! Click here for more. 

Regina Community Town Hall for Working Together Initiative
In March, the Newo Yotina Friendship Centre and the Regina Immigrant Women's Centre hosted a Community Town Hall event to hear Indigenous and refugee women, the Trans communities and women with intellectual and psychiatric disabilities talk about their experiences of intimate partner abuse, sexual violence, street violence and violence committed by many service providers including healthcare, Corrections and Children's Aid. Click here for more.

UAKN 2016-15 Summary of Research 
The UAKN 2015-16 Summary of Research is now available online, find out the latest key findings and information on the over 50 UAKN Research Projects taking place across the regions. Click here for more.

Vital Signs Builds on Belonging Theme for 2016 & 2017
Last October, the national Vital Signs report entitled Belonging: Exploring Connection to Community was published. As the Community Foundations of Canada continues their journey, they’ll be building on this theme - using their national Vital Signs program to look at both sides of ‘belonging street’ over the next two years. Click here for the article. Click here for a quick video overview of what’s next for Vital Signs. 


Other Funding Sources:

2016 Newcomer Bursary Program (Deadline: May 20, 2016) 
The Regina Open Door Society is accepting applications for the 2016 Newcomer Bursary Program! Newcomer Bursaries are cash awards that are to assist students with meeting the costs of post-secondary (i.e. university or vocational) training. Click here for more.

Youth Healthy Community Grant Program (Deadline: May 31, 2016) 
The Saskatchewan Prevention Institute's Youth Health Community Grant Program is accepting another round of applications. The purpose of these grants is to provide funding for youth-engaged projects in Saskatchewan that focus on preventing alcohol-related harms and/or promoting sexual health education. Click here for more. 

{Re}Conciliation Project (Deadline: June 21, 2016) 
The Canada Council for the Arts, in association with the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, and The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada are inviting First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists, collectives and arts organizations to submit applications for projects that investigate and share knowledge on how the arts can contribute to the ongoing process of conciliation and reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. Click here for more.


CIF Grant Tip: In-Kind Support

 What you need to know about In-Kind Goods or Services

What you need to know about In-kind Goods or Services In-kind support indicates that there is community support for your project, so this is an important part of your application. In-kind goods and services are contributions that other organizations or businesses in your community are providing free of charge or at a reduced rate to your project. This could include project supplies, professional services, facility and equipment rentals, etc. 

Please note that in-kind contributions are listed here and not in the budget. If any in-kind goods or services will be contributed to your project, select ‘Yes’ to this question and provide the name of the person, company or organization, a brief description of their contribution, and its value. If volunteers will be involved in your project, indicate the number of people that will be volunteering, and a brief description of how they will be involved. 

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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 is 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 April 2016

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April 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: October 1, 2016

  - CIF Feature Story: Father Engagement Program

  - Resources:

  • Resource Roundup: Volunteering
  • Celebrating National Volunteer Week
  • Saskatchewan Index of Wellbeing
  • Poverty Reduction Strategy 
  • In Good Company Community Building Forum 
  - Other Funding Sources:
  • SaskCulture Funding (multiple)
  • Status of Women Canada Project Funding
  • Community Fund for Canada's 150th
  -  CIF Grant Tip: CIF's Adjudication Committees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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October 1, 2016 is the final deadline for the Community Places and Spaces Program. This 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. 

Please note that Resort Villages are now eligible for this final intake! Be sure to refer to the guidelines before applying.

Apply here!


Next Application Deadline: October 1, 2016

 Thinking of applying to our Community Places and Spaces Program or Community Grant Program? The next deadline is midnight October 1st. 

Community Places & Spaces Program: Offers grants for small capital projects and upgrades to multi-use community facilities. Final Deadline: October 1, 2016.

 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. Annual Deadline: February 1.


Feature Story: Father Engagement Program; Children North

father participant quote.pngThe Father Engagement Program, supported in part through a grant from the Community Initiatives Fund, is a novel and needed program for fathers who seek help and information on parenting. It was organized in La Ronge, not only to provide assistance to fathers, but also to create an opportunity for fathers to find common ground with other fathers in the area who may have similar issues. 

Along with home based services, every second Wednesday evening, fathers can gather to share their experience and ideas about parenting, as well as work on social and communication skills. “Our goal is to ensure that fathers feel like they are not just ‘the other parent’, but that they are an important part of their child’s life” shared Maykel Llorente-Gonzalez, Program Coordinator of the Father Engagement Program.

The program targets fathers of all ages regardless of their level of involvement with the mother of their child(ren). Some fathers are single parents, some are biological fathers, and some are stepfathers to the child(ren) in their lives. Regardless, a father’s role is so important to the wellbeing of a child. “We stress this importance with the fathers we work with. We provide support that has never been offered in this area before. We are attempting to replicate similar programs that are offered in the larger urban areas” said Maykel. 

Fathers who are receiving services from this program have gained knowledge in several areas. “Our goal is to stress the importance of the father figure in a child’s life. We do this by engaging the fathers in areas of parenting that they may have never experienced from their own father. We aim to break the cycle of fathers who are not present in their child’s life and to provide the fathers with confidence by educating them on the ways to be more involved in their child’s upbringing” Maykel shared. 

All families who are involved will benefit greatly as engaged fathers enhance the wellbeing of children, youth and all other members of the family. Research proves that increased involvement of fathers is directly associated with a large range of positive outcomes for the entire family. Healthy productive families make healthy productive communities.

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

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Resources: 

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This month, we celebrate National Volunteer Week. In celebration, find valuable resources from Volunteer Canada and Imagine Canada on engaging volunteers, volunteer screening, and volunteering in Canada, as well as a helpful webinar from Charity Village, and more! Click here

Celebrating National Volunteer Week (April 10-16, 2016)
Celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers! Volunteers are the roots of strong communities. Just like roots are essential for trees to bloom, volunteers are essential for communities to boom. Thanks to volunteers, our communities grow strong and resilient. Even the tiniest volunteer effort leaves a profound and lasting trace in a community, much like tree rings that appear over time.Click here

Saskatchewan Index of Wellbeing 
The Saskatchewan Index of Wellbeing (SIW) is an exciting province-wide initiative underway! The SIW will be led by a number of partners and collaborators through the process. The SIW is made up of eight key “themes” (and related indicators) which will be used to track trends in Saskatchewan wellbeing over time and to ensure that everyone is working from the same information base when creating policies that matter. Click here

Government Releases Poverty Reduction Strategy 
The Government of Saskatchewan released the Poverty Reduction Strategy that aims to reduce the number of people who experience poverty for two years or more by 50% by the end of 2025. The strategy focuses on 6 key areas for action including income security, housing and homelessness, early childhood development and child care, education, skills training and employment, health and food security and vulnerable families and individuals. Click here

In Good Company – A Community Building Forum for Businesses and Nonprofits 
Join Volunteer Canada June 8-9 in Toronto at the 2nd annual community building forum for businesses and non-profits. 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. Click here.

 


Other Funding Sources:

 SaskCulture Funding 
Culture Days Funding Assistance (Deadline: Apr 15)
Aboriginal Arts & Cultural Leadership Grant (Deadlines: Apr 15 & Oct 15) 
Metis Cultural Development Fund (Deadlines: Apr 30 & Nov 2) 

Status of Women Canada Project Funding - Multiple Deadlines 
Status of Women Canada is calling for proposals for projects that serve to empower women, and in particular those that support women's involvement in political action and civic engagement.  This funding is divided into two streams: Empowering Indigenous Women for Stronger Communities (Deadline: June 1, 2016) and Empowering Women for Political Action & Empowering Women for Community Action (Deadline: April 20, 2016). Click here. 

Community Fund for Canada's 150th 
The Community Fund for Canada's 150th (CFC150) will distribute small grants through community foundations to locally-led projects that build community, inspire a deeper understanding of Canada, and encourage participation in a wide range of initiatives that mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. Click here.



CIF Grant Tip: CIF's Adjudication Committees

What you need to know about the CIF’s Adjudication Committees 

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Each year, the CIF invites applications from individuals throughout Saskatchewan who are interested in serving on one of the CIF’s four Community Grant Program adjudication committees. Adjudication Committees are responsible for reviewing applications and making grant recommendations to the CIF Board of Directors. 

The Northern, Central and South committees review applications for projects within those regional areas, while the Provincial committee reviews applications for projects that occur in more than one region or that involve participation from throughout Saskatchewan. A description of the regions is available here

The CIF currently has adjudication committee members from 16 various communities across Saskatchewan, stretching out as north as La Loche and as south as Swift Current! 
 


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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Community Grant Program Deadline Reminder

 

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Community Grant Program Deadline: APRIL 1, 2016

Thinking of applying to our Community Grant Program? The next deadline is midnight April1. 

The Community Grant Program supports projects and initiatives that: 

  • provide positive opportunities for children and youth to grow and develop skills, self-esteem, and a healthy lifestyle; 
  • include physical activity and problem gambling initiatives; 
  • ensure families have access to support and resources to create healthy, caring and safe environments;
  • celebrate the history and accomplishments of Saskatchewan communities;  
  • encourage and support individuals to become involved as active citizens, volunteers, and community leaders; and 
  • strengthen Saskatchewan’s nonprofit sector. 


Maximum Community Grant Program Grants: 

  • Local: $25,000 
  • Provincial: $50,000 


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!
Find helpful Guidelines, Application Guides, and a Sample Application 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 March 2016

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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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