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


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 
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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