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.


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