CIF Announces Program Changes

DECEMBER 12, 2013

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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.

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Important Program Changes!  

CIF Announces Simplified, Responsive Saskatchewan Programming

As of April 1, 2014, the Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) will change its programming to simplify access to funding and better respond to the priorities of Saskatchewan communities. The CIF's programs will continue to support individual, family and community wellbeing by offering grants for childhood development, positive life choices, active living, community celebrations, facility upgrades, and volunteerism.

Programming changes will involve broadening of the CIF's Community Grant Program to accommodate all aspects of the Physical Activity Grant Program, the Problem Gambling Prevention Program and part of the Community Vitality Program (the Pride Projects and Events portion). The Physical Activity Grant Program, the Problem Gambling Prevention Program and the Community Vitality Program will end on March 31, 2014

Small capital projects like energy efficiencies or community facility upgrades will be available as well through the new, two-year Community Places and Spaces Program. More detail about the CIF's programming changes is available on this CIF website. 

Today, in addition to announcing its important new program changes, the CIF approved 226 grants totaling $3,981,021. During 2013, the CIF provided almost $9 Million through 690 grants to help enhance the quality of life of Saskatchewan people! Earlier this year, the CIF cumulatively exceeded $100 Million in grants to Saskatchewan communities. Highlights of today's announcement:

  • Of the 266 grants announced today...102 grants totaling $1,596,765 were through the Community Grant Program; 104 grants totaling $1,309,731 were through the Community Vitality Program; and  20 grants totaling $1,074,525 were through the Physical Activity Grant Program.
  • CIF's broadening of the Community Grant Program will accommodate physical activity and problem gambling prevention, support of nonprofits, youth engagement and leadership development, and community cultural and milestone celebrations.
  • CIF's new two-year Community Places and Spaces Program will support small capital projects like energy efficiencies or community facility upgrades. 
  • New programming is effective April 1, 2014.
  • Details are available on the CIF website


Upcoming Application Deadline

The Summer Grant deadline through the existing Community Grant Program is February 1, 2014.  Deadlines for all other CIF programs:  April 1 and October 1.

New programming for the Community Initiatives Fund will begin April 1, 2014. 



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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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