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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We’d like to hear from you, too! Sign-up to receive CIF’s e-news, program updates and application reminders.  Be sure to look out for us on Facebook & Twitter! 


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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2016 Adjudication Committee Applications!

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CALL FOR ADJUDICATION COMMITTEE APPLICATIONS

The Community Initiatives Fund 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 to 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
 


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 & 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 October 2016

October 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: October 1 & April 1. 


Feature Story: Seniors Community Events Coordinator;
Northern Village of Buffalo Narrows
 

The Seniors Community Events Coordinator, partially funded by a grant from the Community Initiatives Fund, organizes events and activities for all elders/seniors in the Buffalo Narrows community. This program is vital for the community as it engages seniors in activities outside of their homes and encourages them to participate in the community. 

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

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Resources & Events:

Resource Roundup: Human Resources
Every month, the CIF features a new Resource Roundup PDF on a specific topic. October's Resource Roundup is on Human Resources! Find resources designed to help managers, employees & board members better understand & manage matters relating to HR from a variety of sources including the HR Council. Click here.

Win $250-500 for your Community Organization! 
Host or initiate a minimum of 2 Real Food projects or events between October 1, 2016 and May 1, 2017. The goal of the program is to make healthy food choices the easy choice and more accessible in our food environments. To register or for more information: Click here.

Call for Events for Saskatchewan Multicultural Week, November 19-29 
MCoS invites you to hold events of all types during Multicultural week centered around the five streams of multicultural work: cultural continuity, celebration of diversity, anti-racism, intercultural connections and integration. Click here

IAVE’s Handbook on Youth, Volunteering and Employment 
The International Association for Volunteer Effort has introduced a new handbook on youth volunteering and employment. This handbook is a resource to inform and educate youth volunteers, organizations that engage youth volunteers, and corporations, of the added value and skills youth obtain from volunteering. It serves to highlight the importance of youth volunteering as a way to learn skills, increase a young persons’ network of contacts, and encourage youth to gain real-life perspectives. Click here

CRA’s Online Consultation on Charities' Political Activities 
The CRA will collaborate with the Department of Finance to engage with charities to clarify the rules governing political activities. The online consultations are now open. The online consultations are the first step in a broader engagement process, and are open to all Canadians, including charities. CRA encourages you to visit their website and submit your feedback before November 25, 2016. All feedback received will be fully considered in policy development efforts, including the development of updated guidance or educational resources for charities on the rules governing political activities. Click here
 


Other Funding Sources:

First Nation Member’s Recreation Grant (Deadline: October 31, 2016) 
The 2016 SPRA First Nation Member's Recreation Grant assists First Nation members to develop recreation opportunities in the First Nation communities within Saskatchewan. Click here

Connecting for Canada’s 150th (Deadline: Nov 1, 2016) 
Connecting for Canada’s 150th is a unique series of grants to support Canada 150-related initiatives organized by postsecondary institutions and scholars. These events or outreach activities should mark or celebrate this historic anniversary, enhancing understanding of the social, cultural, technological, environmental and economic issues we face at 150. Click here

Forever...in motion Grant (Deadline: Nov 15, 2016) 
The 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: Grant Review Process

The following process will occur within 2.5 months of the application deadline:

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  1. The grant application is received. 

  2. The CIF Grants Administrator reviews all applications to confirm basic eligibility requirements are met and the application is complete. Applicants may be contacted by the CIF Grants Administrator to provide clarification or further detail on their budget or proposed project. 

  3. Eligible applications are forwarded to the relevant Adjudication Committee, based on the location and/or type of project. The CIF's Adjudication Committees are composed of volunteers from across the province with a range of knowledge and experience relevant to the CIF's funding objectives. Adjudication committees are responsible for reviewing applications and making grant recommendations to the CIF Board. 

  4. Recommendations from the Adjudication Committees are forwarded to the CIF Board for final consideration and approval. 

  5. Applicants receive written notification of the outcomes of their funding requests within 2.5 months of the application deadline. 

Funding recommendations are based on a competitive, merit-based process. CIF program funding is limited, and not every eligible application may receive funding. The amount approved for each project may be less than the amount requested and is based on how closely the project meets grant criteria, eligible expenses, the number of requests received, and consideration for providing support across the province. If awarded a grant, you will be required to sign and return a funding agreement. Alternatively, your application may be declined or you may be asked to provide more information and reapply. You may appeal a decision by sending a written request to the CIF Board within 60 days of notification.

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