Enews June 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: October 1, 2017

Thinking of applying to our Community Grant Program? The next deadline is midnight October 1. Please refer to the 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.

As a reminder, the Community Places and Spaces Program has ended. 
Please note that capital projects are not eligible under the Community Grant Program.  


Thank you for your Dedication!

A warm and sincere thank you to Dwight Lemon and Lynn Chipley who served on CIF’s Board of Directors for 8 and 6 years, respectively. As your terms come to a close, we wish to thank you both for your wisdom and strong dedication in supporting CIF. We greatly appreciate the contributions that you’ve made and the support that you’ve offered to the Board and staff over the years. You will be greatly missed and we wish you all the best in your future endeavors!


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Welcome Steve!

We are pleased to welcome Steve Jeffers to the Board. Steve has spent the last 32 years in small business management and the prior 7 years in the banking industry. Steve has a long history of volunteerism. He is currently Board chair of Prince Albert Community Futures and President of the Prince Albert Pistol and Rifle Club. Steve values connecting with others, spending family time at the lake, and various outdoor sporting endeavours. We are excited to work with you, Steve! 


Feature Story: SEARCH Core & Mental Health Programs

Student Energy in Action for Regina Community Health, Inc. (SEARCH) is a non-profit student-run, interdisciplinary primary health care initiative in the North Central community of Regina. SEARCH prides itself on being a volunteer run organization where each week, student volunteers from various postsecondary institutions dedicate their time to work under the guidance of trained professional mentors. “SEARCH’s aim is two-fold. We strive to educate and empower our clients while also educating our students on the social determinants of health and primary health care to create a more socially responsive future of health care professionals,” shared Kelly Husack, Executive Director of SEARCH.

“CIF supports SEARCH’s core programs that operate on an ongoing basis including medical primary health care services, nutrition programming, cultural support, and mental health programming offering adult counselling services and women’s group talking circles,” shared Kelly. “We aim to create healthy individuals and families, so that safer and more resilient communities will be created. Community members and students also leave empowered to create a healthier community at large.”

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

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Resources & Events:

NPO Breakfast Series - Fraud: What can you do to reduce the risk?
Virtus Group is hosting sessions in both Saskatoon and Regina on reducing nonprofit risk. Nonprofit organizations often rely heavily on volunteers and some have few or no employees. This situation can increase the risk of fraud or loss to the organization. Read more. 

June is Recreation & Parks Month Events 
The June is Recreation & Parks Month initiative is a way to celebrate the contribution that recreation and parks make to our communities in Saskatchewan throughout the month of June. Read more. 

Summer Learning Series With Volunteer Canada and Charity Village 
This summer, Volunteer Canada will present a series of webinars in partnership with Charity Village. The presentations will help build capacity among non-profit organizations and volunteer centres to best engage volunteers in building stronger and connected communities. Read more. 

Talk It Out - Support Line for Sport, Culture and Recreation 
If your child or you are having issues with another participant, parent or instructor in any cultural activity, you are encouraged to call the Talk It Out Support Line. This service is provided as a confidential and non-judgmental sounding board for participants, parents or instructors to talk things through and get support and strategies right here in Saskatchewan. Read more. 

New publication by Imagine Canada: Young People & Nonprofit Work 
The future of the charitable work force in Canada can be seen in how charities and nonprofits hire, engage and retain young early-career workers. Through a series of interviews with young workers, we gained insights into the experiences, aspirations and challenges these individuals face as they explore a career in the charitable sector. Read more. 

Vital Signs: Arts and Belonging  
A national report, released by Community Foundations of Canada in partnership with the Canadian Arts Presenting Association, is shining a spotlight on the power of the arts to build a greater sense of belonging to our communities, to our country and to each other. Read more.

Toolkit for Developing and Influencing Physical Activity Policy 
PARC's Toolkit for Developing and Influencing Physical Activity Policy is for practitioners, decision makers, and individuals who are responsible for getting their students, employees, friends, residents, clients, or community members more active by using a policy approach to support and encourage an active lifestyle. Read more. 

Leisure Information Network (LIN) Survey Request 
LIN is developing the Physical Literacy Environmental Assessment (PLEA) Tool, a program evaluation tool for multiple sectors to assess how they are implementing the principles of physical literacy. The purpose of this survey is to learn about, and understand, the variety and scope of child and youth physical activity programs across Canada, so that we can understand how programs can meet, or not meet, indicators relevant to physical literacy. The PLEA Tool will be useful for teachers, coaches, and physical activity program leaders for program planning, delivery and evaluation. Read more. 

Charting a Path Forward: Strengthening & Enabling the Charitable Sector in Canada 
This paper is the first in Mowat NFP's Enabling Environment Series, which explores the different dimensions of an 'Enabling Environment' in the relationship between the charitable and nonprofit sector and government. The paper defines the current challenge in the relationship between the federal government and the nonprofit and charitable sector; explores what an enabling environment could look like; identifies possible priorities; and presents different ways that the government and the sector can work together. Read more. 

2017 Summer Bucket List 
Nothing can replace fresh air, sunshine and adventure of an afternoon of playing outdoors! Get a head start on planning an active summer by checking out Saskatchewan in motion's Summer Bucket List. Explore the many great ways to get active this summer. Read more.


Other Funding Sources: 

Creative Kids (Deadline: June 9, 2017) 
Creative Kids provides funding for Saskatchewan children and youth to participate in creative activities such as art, music, dance, theatre, and culture. This deadline is perfect for summer activities. Please note the application forms have changed. Read more

New Horizons Seniors Program (Deadline: June 23, 2017)
The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced the New Horizons for Seniors Program 2017–2018 Call for Proposals for Community-based Projects. Organizations are invited to apply for funding for projects that promote positive aging and empower seniors to initiate and participate in activities that benefit the community. Read more. 

Community Investment Fund (Deadline: June 30, 2017) 
FCL cares about our families, friends and neighbours, as well as the communities where we live, work and play. The Community Investment Fund supports community programs and organizations that matter to their employees. Read more

Community Beautification Program (Deadline: July 14, 2017) 
Eligible projects for the Community Futures Southwest's Community Beautification Program include Community Beautification and Community Project Assistance. Read more

EcoFriendly Sask Action Grants (Ongoing) 
Projects should reduce, prevent, or repair damage to the natural environment. This can be direct (habitat restoration, energy conservation) or indirect (environmental education, promotion of local natural habitats). Read more
 


CIF Grant Tip: CIF's Recognition Requirements

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

  • in printed products, advertisements, brochures, posters, newsletters, annual reports, media releases, signage, and/or correspondence;
  • publicly during a community gathering or celebration, and/or at exhibits and displays;
  • electronically through websites, e-newsletters, bulletins, blogs, and/or social media. 

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

  • 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 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.

Have other questions about our grants? Drop us a line at admin@cifsask.org.


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Saskatchewan's Community Initiatives Fund (www.cifsask.org) 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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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. 

Questions? Email admin@cifsask.org.
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Enews May 2017

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 childhoold development, youth programming, volunteer leadership, physical activity, Aboriginal inclusion, and community celebrations.


Next Application Deadline: October 1, 2017

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

As a reminder, the Community Places and Spaces Program has ended. 
Please note that capital projects are not eligible under the Community Grant Program.  


Feature Story: RISE Program

The Resettlement Initiatives for Support and Empowerment (RISE) is a pilot program designed to help newcomer, immigrant, and refugee families become full participating members of Canadian society through the provision of free and uniquely designed settlement and integration programs and services. The program provides supports to participants and creates opportunities for empowerment. It is divided into two programming streams: Beyond 55 for seniors and the Bridging Program for women. 

The RISE project has increased the quality of life of newcomer, immigrant, and refugee seniors and women by enabling them to build social connections among themselves and various community services. Through weekly sessions the participants are provided the opportunity to come together, learn new skills and knowledge, and share their own experiences.

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

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Resources & Events:

 Screen Free Week 
“On average, preschool children spend over four and a half hours a day consuming screen media, while older children spend over seven hours a day including multitasking. Excessive screen time is linked to a number of problems for children, including childhood obesity, poor school performance, and problems with attention span.” On May 1-7 plan to unplug from digital entertainment and spend all that free time playing, daydreaming, creating, exploring and connecting with family and friends! Read more.

Luther College Catering & Conference Services 
Luther College is an affordable alternative for organizations looking for an all-in-one and hassle-free option for any catering, meeting or conference needs. They have over 20 years of experience working with not-for-profit organizations, and understand the want for a welcoming environment, delicious food, and excellent service. For any questions or to book your next event, contact Rhonda Litzenberger, Manager of Residence & Conference Services, at 306.585.5029. Read more

Volunteer Recognition Study 
Volunteer Canada and Investors Group have released a ground-breaking volunteer recognition study examining Canadians’ perceptions and attitudes on volunteering. The results revealed that community involvement is increasingly varied and diverse, and may not always fall into the traditional definition of volunteering. Read more

Volinspire 
Volinspire is a Canadian community engagement platform that brings volunteers, community organizations and businesses together to build more caring communities. Read more

Saskatchewan After School Resources Portal 
Saskatchewan After School is your one-stop-shop for resources and information on providing quality children's programs. Spring is in the air, and the website has been updated with a number of resources that focus on Outdoor Play in children's programming. Read more

#transformSK
 
Led by five of the province's most prominent business support organizations, #TransformSK is about answering one question: What must we do to ensure Saskatchewan is the best place in the world to live, work, play, and invest, for generations to come? Read more

Common Threads: Weaving a Stronger Nonprofit Sector Conference
 
This is a one-day gathering co-hosted by the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) and the Saskatchewan Nonprofit Partnership (SNP) that will take place on June 9, 2017 at Luther College at the University of Regina.  Read more
 


Other Funding Sources:

 Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) Program (Deadline: May 26, 2017) 
The PLAY program partners with more than 85 First Nations communities and urban Aboriginal organizations across Canada to deliver safe, fun and educational programming for Aboriginal children and youth. Each uniquely tailored play-based program is designed to enhance educational outcomes, improve peer-to-peer relationships, increase employability and improve physical and mental health amongst Aboriginal children and youth. Read more

Youth Health Community Grant Program (Deadline: May 31, 2017) 
The Saskatchewan Prevention Institute's Youth Health Community Grant Program is accepting 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. Read more

SPRA Grants and Funding Opportunities Guide
The 2016-2017 SPRA Grants and Funding Opportunities Guide is a great starting point for both professionals and volunteers working within our sector looking for grants to support projects, programs or initiatives. SPRA recognizes that new grant opportunities arise from time to time and some of these opportunities are time sensitive. SPRA's Communications, Information and Research Division has access to exclusive funding directories which we can use to identify the latest grant opportunities. Read more
 


CIF Grant Tip: CIF Grant Requests Exceed Dollars Available

The Community Initiatives Fund is a Special Purpose Fund created by the Government of Saskatchewan through The Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation Act. CIF receives a portion of the net revenues from casinos Regina and Moose Jaw via the Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation and distributes those proceeds to support community-based projects throughout Saskatchewan. 

Since receiving a high of $11.2 million in 2008/2009, the CIF’s revenues have steadily declined, averaging $9.1 million per year over the past 5 years. Our revenues are expected to continue to remain flat, if not further decline, in the foreseeable future reflecting gaming trends across North America. 

During the past three years we have seen a 21% increase in the number of applications to the Community Grant Program, with 165 more applications in 2016/2017 than the previous year requesting over $14 million. Based on the number of applications received at the April 1 2017 deadline we expect this trend to continue. Faced with these challenges there is a lesser likelihood of applications being approved including for programs that have received funding from the CIF in the past. Amounts approved may also be less than the amount requested and will be based on how closely the project meets grant criteria, eligible expenses, and consideration for providing support across the province. 

CIF’s Board is currently reviewing the current Community Grant Program objectives and priorities. Applicants are encouraged to visit www.cifsask.org to learn about updates to the guidelines as they become available. Before completing your grant application, you are strongly encouraged to read the guidelines to ensure your expenses are eligible.

Have other questions about our grants? Drop us a line at admin@cifsask.org.


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Saskatchewan's Community Initiatives Fund (www.cifsask.org) 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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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. 

Questions? Email admin@cifsask.org.
Subscribe here. Unsubscribe here.


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Enews April 2017


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: October 1, 2017

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

As a reminder, the Community Places and Spaces Program has ended. Please note that capital projects are not eligible under the Community Grant Program.  


CIF Feature Story: Comic Book Club, Frontier College

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Comic Book Club puts kids in the role of creators –drawing, writing, designing their own comics! This after-school and community program helps children improve their literacy skills while engaging in fun and creative art projects. Once a week at each of the three participating community schools and at the Saskatoon Friendship Inn, children who are in need of extra literacy support meet with Frontier College volunteer tutors to write and draw about their personal experiences and interests. Comic Book Club learners also enjoy healthy snacks at each session, and receive free, high-quality books to take home to help them build their personal libraries and to encourage a culture of literacy at home.

This year, SCYAP Community Art Gallery has partnered to run a full week show, May 15 -19, featuring the children’s art! The Gala will be held during that week – everyone is welcome. Watch the Frontier College website for details. The young artists will be there along with friends, families, partners, invited guests, the public, and perhaps even some superheroes or princesses! New this year, the children are also co-creating a comic book of their work that will be handed out at Free Comic Book Day on May 6. These opportunities help the learners share their hard work and creativity with friends, family, and the wider community. 

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

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Resources & Events:

Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport hosting Free Workshops in Regina 
These workshops will be valuable learning opportunities for communities implementing a Main Street program, and for any other organization that owns, uses, manages or regulates historic places. The workshops are designed so that they can be taken on a standalone basis, but attendance at both is recommended for maximum benefit. 

  • Statement of Significance and Community Heritage Inventory Workshop - April 18, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Register here
  • Standards and Guidelines and Community Design Guidelines Workshop - April 19, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Register here

National Volunteer Week 2017: Volunteering, Eh? 
April 23 to 29 is National Volunteer Week (NVW). To celebrate all volunteers and to get you thinking more deeply about volunteering, during NVW Volunteer Canada will release a series of crossword puzzles that reveal the impacts, benefits and diverse ways Canadians are involved in communities. However you recognize volunteering in 2017, one thing remains timeless…and that is volunteer efforts create positive impact in communities across Canada. Click here. 

SARC Spring Conference 
Registration for the SARC Spring Conference happening May 10 & 11, 2017 is open. This annual conference for non-profit staff will include topics on workplace safety, employee wellness, inclusive education, and more. SARC invites non-profit professionals and educators to come out for this exciting learning and networking conference. Session details and registration information is available on the SARC Learning Central website. Click here. 

Early Years Summit 
The Early Years Summit will be held in the Battlefords on May 23 & 24, 2017. If you are interested in learning more about the importance and impact of outdoor learning and risky play and how to incorporate more of this in your environment then don't miss this opportunity! Note that you can attend one day or both. Click for more information and to register 

Common Threads: Weaving a Stronger Nonprofit Sector Conference 
The 
Voluntary Sector Studies Network and the Saskatchewan Nonprofit Partnership invite you to this free conference happening June 9, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Luther College at the University of Regina. The day will focus on new developments and challenges in advocacy, policy and engagement. Bruce McDonald (president and CEO, Imagine Canada) will be the plenary speaker in the morning. Four workshops will be led by Bruce MacDonald, Dr. Cindy Hanson (Faculty of Education, University of Regina), Jeph Maystruck (co-founder, Strategy Lab) and Dr. Gloria DeSantis (founder of VSSN, Faculty of Justice Studies, University of Regina). For more information or to register, click here.

2017-2018 Provincial Budget Information
The Saskatchewan budget was released March 22, 2017. For information, visit the Government of Saskatchewan Provincial Budget main page here.

Audit Resource - SaskCulture
An audit is a systematic and independent examination of a nonprofit organization's books, accounts, documents and vouchers to determine whether an organization's financial statements represent a true and fair view of its financial position as a result of its operations. Learn about the process an auditor uses, what an Auditor's Report is, and tips on how to review that report in the Financial Audit section of SaskCulture's Organizational Resources. Click here. 


Other Funding Sources: 

Canada Post Community Foundation For Children Grant (Deadline: April 5, 2017) 
More than $1 million is available for charities, school programs and other groups serving the needs of young people. Applications are open to national and grassroots organizations across the country. Click here. 

Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Leadership Grant (Deadline: April 17, 2017) 
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. Click here. 

Culture Day Funding Assistance (Deadline: April 17, 2017) 
Culture Days is a collaborative, pan-Canadian movement designed to raise awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. SaskCulture is pleased to offer Culture Days Funding Assistance in support of Culture Days initiatives throughout Saskatchewan. Click here. 

Métis Cultural Development Fund (Deadline: April 30, 2017) 
The Métis Cultural Development Fund program, in coordination with Gabriel Dumont Institute, seeks to fund activities that preserve, strengthen and transmit Métis culture, traditions and leadership in Saskatchewan. Click here.
 


CIF Grant Tip: Honorariums 

In early 2017, the Community Initiatives Fund updated its guidelines to improve clarity on what is eligible under CIF’s Community Grant Program. CIF’s honorarium eligibility changes are as follows:

  • 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. 

As a general note, organizations providing payments to individuals in the form of honorariums should ensure they are familiar with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) payroll and withholding requirements. According to the CRA, most amounts paid to an individual by an employer are referred to as remuneration. As an employer, you must fill out T4 slips for all individuals who received remuneration from you during the year if the remuneration was more than $500. Individuals receiving payments of over $500 should also be reporting this as income. 

You are strongly encouraged to visit www.cra.gc.ca/payroll to review CRA definitions and requirements. Organizations operating in contravention to these requirements may be subject to penalties. 

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. 

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April 1 Deadline Reminder

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Community Grant Program deadline: April 1, 2017

Thinking of applying to our Community Grant Program? The next deadline is midnight April 1. 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. 
As a reminder, the Community Places and Spaces Program has ended. Please note that capital projects are not eligible under the Community Grant Program. 

Please note that 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. 

Find CIF's updated Community Grant Program guidelines here.

We encourage you to submit your application well before the deadline to allow time for questions and avoid technology snags. Apply here
 


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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. 

Subscribe here. Unsubscribe here.
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Enews Mar 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.


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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.
 


CIF Feature Story: Saskatchewan Pride Network

The Saskatchewan Pride Network seeks to support and empower LGBT+ people living in smaller communities across Saskatchewan. The ultimate goal is to create safer, more welcoming and more inclusive communities through the provision of inclusive community events and educational opportunities. The 7 communities targeted through this project include Moose Jaw, Swift Current, Weyburn, Estevan, Yorkton, Humboldt and Prince Albert. 

“Through this project, we help to organize community events, provide diversity training to organizations and connect individuals with support, information and resources,” shares Joe Wickenhauser, Executive Director of Moose Jaw Pride.

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

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Resources & Events:

Volunteer Summit 
Celebrate the spirit of Saskatchewan volunteerism at the University of Saskatchewan’s Volunteer Summit on March 25, 2017. "You will have the chance to network with other volunteers, learn about the important ways in which we can inspire others to join us, and keep volunteerism thriving in Saskatchewan." Click here. 

Leap Management Skills Development Program Registration
 
Registration for the 2017-2018 Leap program opens March 27, 2017. Leap is a management skills development program designed for nonprofit professionals interested in enhancing their management skills. The program consists of 9 one-day sessions throughout the year on a variety of management topics. Learn in a small group environment and connect with other non-profit leaders. Click here. 

Business Continuity Planning & Crisis Management Seminar
 
SARC Learning Central is hosting a one-day Business Continuity Planning & Crisis Management seminar on March 30, 2017 in Saskatoon. The morning session will be facilitated by Matt Sawatsky from Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations, and will provide knowledge and tools needed to develop a business continuity plan specific to your organization. The afternoon session will be facilitated by Steve Armstrong and will focus on Crisis Leadership. This session will provide individuals with the tools to lead their organization and teams through any crises. Click here. 

2017 SPRA Spring Education and Training Symposium 
If you are a recreation director, facility manager, park operator or volunteer, the Spring Education and Training Symposium in Humboldt, Saskatchewan is the place to be April 10-13, 2017! The Symposium offers professional development opportunities taught by certified instructors, opportunities to connect with colleagues and experts from across Saskatchewan, and courses on topics that matter most to practitioners and volunteers. Click here. 

Common Threads: Weaving a Stronger Nonprofit Sector Conference
 
This free conference is taking place on June 9, 2017 at Luther College at the University of Regina. It is co-hosted by the Voluntary Sector Studies Network and the Saskatchewan Nonprofit Partnership and will focus on new developments and challenges in advocacy, policy and engagement. Four workshops will be led by Bruce MacDonald (President and CEO, Imagine Canada) , Dr. Cindy Hanson (Faculty of Education, University of Regina), Jeph Maystruck (co-founder, Strategy Lab) and Dr. Gloria DeSantis (founder of VSSN, Faculty of Justice Studies, University of Regina). Please stay tuned for further details!

Passport 2017 Events App for Canada’s 150th 

Passport 2017 is a free mobile and web app designed to help Canadians discover and explore what’s happening for Canada’s 150th. Passport 2017 will be the gateway to thousands of events taking place across the country throughout 2017 and will offer users a constantly updated feed of news, stories, photos and videos. Click here

Financial Planning / Budgeting in the Organization Resource – SaskCulture 
It's that time of the year when many non-profit organizations turn their attention toward year-end reporting, and preparing for the year ahead. Financial planning is an integral part of the process. Get a quick refresher on Financial Planning (aka Budgeting) in the Organizational Resources section of SaskCulture's website. Click here. 

Nature Playbook
Developed by the Canadian Parks Council, the Nature Playbook is a strategy to connect young people with Nature in Canada. This resource includes practical ideas to support programmers and community leaders in facilitating nature experiences and aligns with the Framework for Recreation in Canada's goal of Connecting People and Nature. Click here. 


Other Funding Sources: 

Cameco Creative Kids Northern Cultural Fund (Deadline: March 15, 2017) 
The Cameco Creative Kids Northern Cultural Fund is accepting applications for 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 a maximum of $7,500. Click here. 

Multicultural Initiatives Fund (Deadline: March 31, 2017) 
The Multicultural Initiatives Fund aims to advance multiculturalism in Saskatchewan by supporting projects encouraging people in Saskatchewan to share, learn, appreciate, respect and accept cultural diversity. Click here. 

Bell Let's Talk Community Fund (Deadline: March 31, 2017) 
Grant applications are now being accepted for local mental health initiatives that improve access to care in communities around the country. Registered charities are invited to apply for a grant up to $25,000 to help fund local mental health programs, and all submitted applications are reviewed by a committee of mental health experts from across Canada. 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

Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Leadership Grant (Deadline: April 15, 2017) 
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. Click here. 


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CIF’s Community Grant Program adjudication committees are composed of volunteers from across the province with diverse experiences and knowledge relevant to the CIF's funding objectives. Committee members come from a variety of professional careers including nonprofit leaders, recreation professionals, educators, artists, municipal administrators as well as community volunteers. 

Adjudication Committees are responsible for reviewing applications and making grant recommendations to 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. 

CIF currently has adjudication committee members from 17 communities across Saskatchewan, stretching out as north as La Loche and as south as Estevan!

Visit CIF's website for more information. 


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