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August 2015

Is the Community Initiatives Fund in your community yet?

The Community Initiatives Fund (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, facility upgrades or renovations, and community celebrations.


Next Application Deadline: OCTOBER 1, 2015

Don't miss it!

Thinking of applying to our Community Grant Program or Community Places and Spaces Program? The next deadline is midnight October 1st. We encourage you to submit your application well before the deadline to allow time for questions and avoid technology snags - they do happen!

Community Grant Program: Community grants that enhance the health and wellbeing of Saskatchewan's children, youth and families. Deadlines: April 1 and October 1 for Annual grants. Summer grant deadline: February 1. APPLY HERE.

Community Places and Spaces Program: Offers grants for small capital projects and upgrades to multi-use community facilities. Deadlines: October 1. APPLY HERE


Reminder: You are invited to the 
CIF 2015 Northern Tour!

The CIF is hitting the road from Sept 8 – 11th to host grant writing workshops in Northern Saskatchewan communities!

Sept 8 – La Loche – Dene High School – 1pm-4pm
Sept 9 – Buffalo Narrows – Lakeview Complex – 10am-2pm
Sept 10 – Ile-a-la-Crosse – St. Joseph’s Hospital – 1pm-4pm
Sept 11 – Pinehouse – Village Hall – 10am-2pm
Lunches will be provided!

The first half of this workshop provides information on the CIF and the projects it funds as well as shares basic tips and resources for writing successful grant applications. The second half of this workshop is optional as it provides a hands-on opportunity for you to ask questions and get your application process started! Make sure to bring your most enthralling ideas!

To register, contact Rhonda Newton at 306.780.9308 or rnewton@cifsask.org.

Spread the word! Click here for your copy of CIF’s 2015 Northern Tour poster to hang in your community.


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Have you heard of the 150Alliance?
 

The 150Alliance is an open network of groups, individuals and organizations, working together to make the most of Canada's sesquicentennial in 2017. Kickstarted by Community Foundations of Canada, the 150Alliance is promoting action, engagement and impact around Canada's 150th.

150Alliance is inviting everyone to the table to build new networks and strengthen those that already exist. 150Alliance is building the biggest database of 2017 organizations and projects in Canada. This digital platform will act as a hub for all 2017 activity, featuring a cross-Canada events calendar, ongoing storytelling, continuous newsfeeds from 150Alliance members and multiple digital working spaces where organizations can connect and collaborate. 150Alliance will also feature an extensive library of resources to help organizations make the most of their plans for 2017.

Add your Canada 150 project to the database of 2017 activity here!


presentation1.pngNEW Data Visualization Tool! Visualizing Canada's Urban Aboriginal Population

The Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network (UAKN) has released a new Data Visualization Tool! This tool explores important data on Canada's young and growing urban Aboriginal population based on data generated from Statistics Canada's 2011 National Household Survey and 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Survey. You can access information on population, income, housing, education, labour and language. Check out this new tool and other resources here


The 6th annual Generating Momentum: Activist Leadership Training Camp

gen-mo-line.jpgGenerating Momentum is a 4-day, province-wide event held at Camp Easter Seal, located on Little Manitou Lake (near Watrous), with a focus on providing the practical skills, knowledge, education, and networking opportunities necessary to make a difference in your community. If you are 18 to 29 years of age and are passionate about social, global, and environmental justice, this camp is for you! More information here



Stories Worth Telling: A Guide to Strategic and Sustainable Nonprofit Storytelling

Storytelling is an essential component of nonprofit communications, but very few organizations have a firm grasp of what good storytelling truly is and how it can be leveraged to improve outreach and fundraising. This is especially true among smaller organizations, which often lack the resources and staff to invest in developing the required processes and fostering in-house expertise. With support from the Meyer Foundation, Georgetown University's Center for Social Impact Communication has developed 'Stories Worth Telling' that provides examples of good, compelling stories that have had measurable outcomes for organizations, along with a step-by-step strategy and tools for creating and sharing these stories for your own organization. More information here!

Other Funding Sources:

Funding Available:  CIC Settlement and Resettlement Assistance Program

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) administers three major funding programs: Settlement, Resettlement Assistance and Inter-Action (Multiculturalism). Through these programs, CIC works with many partners to deliver services to newcomers to Canada, as well as respond to the needs of new and established Canadians. The Department is continually working to modernize and improve services and, ultimately, improve outcomes for its clients. To this end, CIC is inviting applications through this National Call for Proposals 2015 (National CFP 2015) from interested and eligible applicants. Please note, this program also includes opportunities for funding to address family violence. More information here

Canadian Women's Foundation Multi-Year Anti-Trafficking Grants, 2016-2020 

The Canadian Women's Foundation is Canada's national public foundation dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls. CWF funds women's organizations across Canada that are using the most effective approaches to ending violence against women, moving women out of poverty, and building strong, resilient girls. The Canadian Women's Foundation is now accepting proposals for Multi Year Anti-Trafficking Grants for 2016-2020. More information here


untitled design.pngCIF Grant Tip Presents: Completing the budget! 

When completing the budget in your CIF application form, please make sure that the total revenue number matches the total expenses number. The budget in your application is no different than any budget in that it needs tobalance! 

It is important that you include the CIF grant when you are listing both potential and confirmed revenue sources for your project. Please do not include in-kind contributions in the budget as there is a separate section that will 
allow you to demonstrate the community support for the project.

When listing estimated Project Expenses, make sure that you provide a brief explanation of what it is that you are requesting funding for. For example, for Staff Salaries, make sure to tell us what staff you are requesting funding for. Furthermore, for Project Supplies, list what you are planning on purchasing (e.g., sports equipment, craft supplies, etc.).

Lastly, the far right hand column in the budget is used to show where the CIF funding will be distributed if it is approved. Make sure that the total of this column matches the amount of the CIF grant you are applying for!

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Be sure to look out for us on Facebook & Twitter for weekly tips on how to write successful grant applications as well as other exciting updates, news stories, and resources! 

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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. You may unsubscribe by clicking unsubscribe.

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Enews July 2015

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July 2015

Growing Saskatchewan Communities

Is the Community Initiatives Fund in your community yet?

The Community Initiatives Fund (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, facility upgrades or renovations, and community celebrations.
 


Community Places and Spaces Program Extended!

The CIF announces the extension of the popular Community Places and Spaces Program! Targeted to end March 31, 2016 the program will now end March 31, 2017. This means 2 application deadlines remain: October 1, 2015 and October 1, 2016. The program supports small capital renovations that improve the quality, sustainability, and long-term use of multi-purpose community facilities such as halls, recreation facilities, and playgrounds. Apply here!


Next Application Deadline: OCTOBER 1, 2015
Don't miss it!  

Thinking of applying to our Community Grant Program or Community Places and Spaces Program? The next deadline is midnight October 1st. We encourage you to submit your application well before the deadline to allow time for questions and avoid technology snags - they do happen!

Community Grant Program: Community grants that enhance the health and wellbeing of Saskatchewan's children, youth and families. Deadlines: April 1 and October 1 for Annual grants. Summer grant deadline: February 1. APPLY HERE.

Community Places and Spaces Program: Offers grants for small capital projects and upgrades to multi-use community facilities. Deadline: October 1. APPLY HERE.


Over $7 Million Awarded to 502 Projects!

We are excited to announce that 502 projects are receiving $7,210,203 in funding from the Community Initiatives Fund! These projects support a wide variety of projects across Saskatchewan through the Community Grant and Community Places and Spaces programs (April 1st deadline) as well as through Summer Grants (February 1st deadline). Check out ourmedia release for more information as well as the complete list of grant recipients and their projects!

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How do you measure the impact of your program?

The article "How Do You Know Your Stories Are Making a Difference?" walks you through common perceptions of measuring impact and provides an array of helpful articles and tools on how to go about measuring the impacts and outcomes of your programs. 

One of the useful tools this article highlights includes the website How do we know if we’re making a difference – Horticulture Tools which uses garden tools as metaphors to provide fresh language for how to explore media impact. 

photo_70469_wide_650x325.pngFor example, rakes “scratch the surface of an issue to engage people with different perspectives around common values” and trellises “help movements grow by telling a story that affirms, directs, and heightens the visibility of existing efforts”.

Click here for a chart that summarizes the garden tool metaphors. Be sure to check out the website for a full description!

 

 


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Be sure to look out for us on Facebook and Twitter for weekly tips and tricks on how to write successful grant applications as well as a bunch of other exciting updates, news stories, and resources! 

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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. You may unsubscribe by clicking unsubscribe.

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Enews June 2015

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                                                                                                                                                             June 2015

Is the Community Initiatives Fund in your community yet?

The Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) supports community projects that enhance the quality of life for children, youth and adults of all ages. Projects may involve childhood development, youth involvement, volunteer leadership, physical activities, Aboriginal inclusion, facility upgrades or renovations, and milestone or cultural community celebrations.


Next Application Deadline: OCTOBER 1, 2015

Don't miss it!

Thinking of applying to our Community Grant Program or Community Places and Spaces Program? The next deadline is midnight October 1st. We encourage you to submit your application well before the deadline to allow time for questions and avoid technology snags - they do happen!

Community Grant Program: Community grants that enhance the health and wellbeing of Saskatchewan's children, youth and families. Deadlines: April 1 and October 1 for Annual grants. Summer grant deadline: February 1. APPLY HERE.

Community Places and Spaces Program: Offers grants for small capital projects and upgrades to multi-use community facilities. Deadlines: April 1 and October 1. APPLY HERE.


Farewell to Cara and Darlene

 The CIF bids farewell to two of its Board members: Cara Merasty and Darlene Bessey. Both have served on CIF's Board of Directors for 8 years, sharing their strong dedication and wisdom. 

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Cara consistently provided a strong voice for Aboriginal people and Northern SK residents, ensuring that the CIF always remains aware of, and responsive to the diverse needs and challenges within our province. Her quiet strength and wisdom could always be counted on in Board deliberations and we hope we will still be able to count on her input in other ways in the future.

Under Darlene’s leadership as Board Chair for 6 years the CIF evolved significantly as an organization. Noteworthy accomplishments include strengthening the CIF’s arms-length relationship with government; developing foundational policies and strategies; hiring the CIF’s first dedicated staff; and restructuring of our grant programs. Thanks to her vision the CIF is well-positioned for future success!


You will both be sorely missed and we wish you well in your future endeavors!  

 

 


Have you heard of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program?

The deadline is quickly approaching! Applications in Western Canada will be accepted until June 17 at:

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  • 1:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time;
  • 2:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time; and
  • 3:00 p.m. Central Standard Time (most of the province is currently observing this time).

The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is part of Canada 150 Celebrates, 
the Government of Canada's celebration of our country's 150th anniversary. Through investments in community infrastructure, the Government of Canada will invest in 
projects that celebrate our shared heritage, create jobs, and improve the quality of life 
for Canadians.

Under the theme Giving back to Canada: shaping the future, leaving a lasting legacy and giving a gift to Canada, the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program will invest $150 million over two years to support projects that rehabilitate existing community facilities across Canada. These projects will ensure a lasting legacy as a result of Canada 150 and strengthen communities from coast to coast to coast.

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), on behalf of the Government of Canada, will deliver the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program in Western Canada. WD will invest in projects that are undertaking meaningful upgrades to existing cultural and community facilities, upgrades that will provide long-term benefits to a community, will be viewed with pride by a community, and are recognized as a lasting legacy from Canada 150.

Visit their website to learn more about this program.


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Saskatchewan’s Community Initiatives Fund is a Special Purpose Fund created throughThe 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. You may unsubscribe by clicking unsubscribe.

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All in the Planning!

Turtleford's Centennial Gets CIF Support

The Town of Turtleford began its Centennial planning and fundraising almost two years ago, with a view to accommodate its 500 residents, their friends and relatives, and perhaps others from nearby communities. Turtleford's Town Council and its many volunteers now await their June 13-15, 2014 weekend of Centennial celebrations.

Turtleford's planning efforts combined patience with fundraising and forged great volunteer partnerships. By mid-summer of 2012, Turtleford's Town Council had shaped their plans to celebrate their town's Centennial in 2014. 

Fundraising.

The Town Trivia raffle contest was a great fundraiser that began 12 weeks before Christmas in both 2012 and 2013. Each year twelve questions about the town framed the raffle contest, and the first four drawn with correct answers received vouchers for local businesses. Part of the proceeds from both Town Trivia raffles helped support Turtleford's 2014 Centennial celebrations. Another raffle involved a barbeque and steak dinner for ten, prepared and served by Town Council, with all items donated by Turtleford's merchants.

"Ideas for fundraisers have often been discussed among Town Council members." says Deanna Lundberg, administrator for the Town of Turtleford. "We didn't want to use taxpayers' funds for the celebrations so our Town Council chose to innovatively fundraise to support celebrations."

The Event.

The date and timing for Turtleford's celebrations involved diverse opinion and lively discussions. Although some wanted the event on a summer long-weekend, the June 14 weekend was selected by consensus, prior to summer vacations or other summer competing events, and harvest.

Volunteers and Council members continue to meet regularly, discussing activities best suited to the Turtleford area, and accommodating the interests of the very young to more elderly residents. Last January the Town Council hired a local comedian and disc jockey for dance music, two main features of Turtleford's Centennial celebrations. Children's attractions and activities, a parade, perhaps a pancake breakfast, a quilt display and historic 'decades of Turtleford history' boards are also being considered and planned. Visitors can stay with friends or family, at the town's motel, in nearby lake resorts, even camp at the Turtleford Lions Park.

"The Turtleford ladies club—of which I am also a member—usually caters at our town functions." says Lundberg. "But this time, they were asked if they would prefer to join the festivities, instead of catering. The Town volunteered to arrange for another catering group to prepare and serve Saturday's evening meal. ...Just this once, our ladies club chose to join the festivities and let others cater!"

"Being flexible and choosing events best suited to residents contributes directly to a community fun-filled event." states Lundberg. "With help from our many volunteers, we can accommodate any size of crowd."

Spreading the Word.

Over 2,000 posters have been distributed to Turtleford and area residents, and the Town's electronic billboard displays details of the June weekend. Tickets are being sold for Saturday's events (June 14), and social media helps reach and inform friends and relatives in more distant locations.

Partners.

Event partners with the Town of Turtleford include the Ladies Turtleford and District Recreation Association, the Turtleford and District Museum, the Turtleford Chamber of Commerce, various local businesses, many resident volunteers, and the Community Initiatives Fund.

Turtleford is located in west central Saskatchewan, 90 km (56 mi) north of North Battleford.

Aerial photo of Turtleford.  (Photo credit:  Town of Turtleford)

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Enews April 2014

April 2014

Is the Community Initiatives Fund in your community yet? 
We're investing in communities just like yours!

The Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) supports community projects that enhance the quality of life for children, youth and adults of all ages. Projects may involve childhood development, youth involvement, volunteer leadership, physical activities, Aboriginal inclusion, facility upgrades or renovations, and milestone or cultural community celebrations.

Feature Project: All in the Planning!

Turtleford's Centennial Gets CIF Support!

Flexibility and long-term planning has paid off as the Town of Turtleford is now fine-tuning the details and looking very forward to celebrating its Centennial on June 13-15, 2014 in Turtleford. With big event decisions and fundraising well in their past, Turtleford's Town Council is adding features to their event, working with volunteers, testing the give-aways and counting the days before they roll out a welcome and join in festivities.

  • The Town of Turtleford is ready to celebrate its Centennial, June 13-15, 2014!
  • Early planning provided funds, volunteers and the attractions.
  • CIF granted $2,597 for Turtleford's Centennial celebrations.
  • Learn more (above) about Turtleford's great planning.  
  • Contact the grant recipient.


Ernie, the turtle, is Turtleford's mascot. (Photo credit:  Town of Turtleford)

 

Program Application Deadlines

NEW Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) programming, announced last December, will be effective tomorrow, April 1, 2014. Programming supports individual, family and community wellbeing through grants for childhood development, positive life choices, active living, community celebrations, facility upgrades, and volunteerism. The CIF's Physical Activity Grant Program, the Problem Gambling Prevention Program and the Community Vitality Program ends today, March 31, 2014. Application deadlines:  April 1 and October 1 for Annual Grants. Summer Grant deadline:  February 1.  More

Community Grant Program:  This program is broadened to include community support for active living, healthy growth and development of children and youth; individual, family and community wellbeing; supportive and inclusive communities; and community engagement and capacity building that includes cultural or centennial milestone celebrations. More.

Community Places and Spaces Program. This program offers grants in support of community facility upgrades, retrofits, and related work to increase use and accessibility of community facilities. Facilities may include rinks, halls, arenas, playgrounds, ball diamonds, parks, and other areas or facilities. More.  

 

 


 

Resource Highlights

Canada Post Offers Postage Relief for Charities and Nonprofits. Canada Post recently announced both temporary and permanent relief measures for Canadian charities and nonprofits relating to recent postage rate hikes. Go to Canada Post for details.  

The Community Initiatives Fund recognizes the great work of volunteers and extends a big thank you to many dedicated Saskatchewan volunteers. Be sure to enjoy National Volunteer Week on April 6-12, 2014! National Volunteer Week is an ideal time to recognize and celebrate volunteer efforts in your community and support Saskatchewan's strong reputation of volunteer leadership across Canada. Volunteer Canada's Campaign Kit has downloadable tools and reosurces for planning a National Volunteer Week (NVW) campaign. You can also call the Volun-Hear Hotline to recognize and thank your volunteers through NVW's new online video. The online NVW gift store offers volunteer gift suggestions like notebooks, lenscloths, tote bags, posters, thank you cards and the Heart of Volunteering pin. Help celebrate volunteer recognition week.

SE-book on Nonprofit Leadership.  The Muttart Foundation is offering an e-book t not cost about leadership in the charitable sector. This thoughtful and practical guide is solid value for those who are in, or aspiring to be in, charitable leadership roles.  


 


 

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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.

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. You may unsubscribe by clicking unsubscribe.

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