Enews April 2016

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April 2016

Is the Community
Initiatives Fund in
 your community yet? 


The CIF supports community projects
that enhance the quality of life
for children, youth, & 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.


 In this e-update:
  - Next CIF Deadline: October 1, 2016

  - CIF Feature Story: Father Engagement Program

  - Resources:

  • Resource Roundup: Volunteering
  • Celebrating National Volunteer Week
  • Saskatchewan Index of Wellbeing
  • Poverty Reduction Strategy 
  • In Good Company Community Building Forum 
  - Other Funding Sources:
  • SaskCulture Funding (multiple)
  • Status of Women Canada Project Funding
  • Community Fund for Canada's 150th
  -  CIF Grant Tip: CIF's Adjudication Committees













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October 1, 2016 is the final deadline for the Community Places and Spaces Program. This 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. 

Please note that Resort Villages are now eligible for this final intake! Be sure to refer to the guidelines before applying.

Apply here!

Next Application Deadline: October 1, 2016

 Thinking of applying to our Community Places and Spaces Program or Community Grant Program? The next deadline is midnight October 1st. 

Community Places & Spaces Program: Offers grants for small capital projects and upgrades to multi-use community facilities. Final Deadline: October 1, 2016.

 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. Annual Deadline: February 1.

Feature Story: Father Engagement Program; Children North

father participant quote.pngThe Father Engagement Program, supported in part through a grant from the Community Initiatives Fund, is a novel and needed program for fathers who seek help and information on parenting. It was organized in La Ronge, not only to provide assistance to fathers, but also to create an opportunity for fathers to find common ground with other fathers in the area who may have similar issues. 

Along with home based services, every second Wednesday evening, fathers can gather to share their experience and ideas about parenting, as well as work on social and communication skills. “Our goal is to ensure that fathers feel like they are not just ‘the other parent’, but that they are an important part of their child’s life” shared Maykel Llorente-Gonzalez, Program Coordinator of the Father Engagement Program.

The program targets fathers of all ages regardless of their level of involvement with the mother of their child(ren). Some fathers are single parents, some are biological fathers, and some are stepfathers to the child(ren) in their lives. Regardless, a father’s role is so important to the wellbeing of a child. “We stress this importance with the fathers we work with. We provide support that has never been offered in this area before. We are attempting to replicate similar programs that are offered in the larger urban areas” said Maykel. 

Fathers who are receiving services from this program have gained knowledge in several areas. “Our goal is to stress the importance of the father figure in a child’s life. We do this by engaging the fathers in areas of parenting that they may have never experienced from their own father. We aim to break the cycle of fathers who are not present in their child’s life and to provide the fathers with confidence by educating them on the ways to be more involved in their child’s upbringing” Maykel shared. 

All families who are involved will benefit greatly as engaged fathers enhance the wellbeing of children, youth and all other members of the family. Research proves that increased involvement of fathers is directly associated with a large range of positive outcomes for the entire family. Healthy productive families make healthy productive communities.

Click here for a PDF of this month’s Feature Story.

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This month, we celebrate National Volunteer Week. In celebration, find valuable resources from Volunteer Canada and Imagine Canada on engaging volunteers, volunteer screening, and volunteering in Canada, as well as a helpful webinar from Charity Village, and more! Click here

Celebrating National Volunteer Week (April 10-16, 2016)
Celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers! Volunteers are the roots of strong communities. Just like roots are essential for trees to bloom, volunteers are essential for communities to boom. Thanks to volunteers, our communities grow strong and resilient. Even the tiniest volunteer effort leaves a profound and lasting trace in a community, much like tree rings that appear over time.Click here

Saskatchewan Index of Wellbeing 
The Saskatchewan Index of Wellbeing (SIW) is an exciting province-wide initiative underway! The SIW will be led by a number of partners and collaborators through the process. The SIW is made up of eight key “themes” (and related indicators) which will be used to track trends in Saskatchewan wellbeing over time and to ensure that everyone is working from the same information base when creating policies that matter. Click here

Government Releases Poverty Reduction Strategy 
The Government of Saskatchewan released the Poverty Reduction Strategy that aims to reduce the number of people who experience poverty for two years or more by 50% by the end of 2025. The strategy focuses on 6 key areas for action including income security, housing and homelessness, early childhood development and child care, education, skills training and employment, health and food security and vulnerable families and individuals. Click here

In Good Company – A Community Building Forum for Businesses and Nonprofits 
Join Volunteer Canada June 8-9 in Toronto at the 2nd annual community building forum for businesses and non-profits. This year’s theme is Building Strong and Connected Communities. Over 150 leaders from diverse regions and sectors will explore ways to strengthen business-community engagement and employer-supported volunteering in Canada. Click here.


Other Funding Sources:

 SaskCulture Funding 
Culture Days Funding Assistance (Deadline: Apr 15)
Aboriginal Arts & Cultural Leadership Grant (Deadlines: Apr 15 & Oct 15) 
Metis Cultural Development Fund (Deadlines: Apr 30 & Nov 2) 

Status of Women Canada Project Funding - Multiple Deadlines 
Status of Women Canada is calling for proposals for projects that serve to empower women, and in particular those that support women's involvement in political action and civic engagement.  This funding is divided into two streams: Empowering Indigenous Women for Stronger Communities (Deadline: June 1, 2016) and Empowering Women for Political Action & Empowering Women for Community Action (Deadline: April 20, 2016). Click here. 

Community Fund for Canada's 150th 
The Community Fund for Canada's 150th (CFC150) will distribute small grants through community foundations to locally-led projects that build community, inspire a deeper understanding of Canada, and encourage participation in a wide range of initiatives that mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. Click here.

CIF Grant Tip: CIF's Adjudication Committees

What you need to know about the CIF’s Adjudication Committees 

updated - single map of adjudication committee locations - for e-update.jpgThe CIF’s adjudication committees are composed of volunteers from across the province with diverse experiences and knowledge relevant to the CIF's funding objectives. Committee members come from a variety of professional careers including non-profit leaders, recreation professionals, educators, Regional Intersectoral Committee Coordinators, municipal administrators as well as community volunteers. 

Each year, the CIF invites applications from individuals throughout Saskatchewan who are interested in serving on one of the CIF’s four Community Grant Program adjudication committees. Adjudication Committees are responsible for reviewing applications and making grant recommendations to the CIF Board of Directors. 

The Northern, Central and South committees review applications for projects within those regional areas, while the Provincial committee reviews applications for projects that occur in more than one region or that involve participation from throughout Saskatchewan. A description of the regions is available here

The CIF currently has adjudication committee members from 16 various communities across Saskatchewan, stretching out as north as La Loche and as south as Swift Current! 

Click here for the PDF of this month’s Grant Tip. 

Have other questions about our grants? Drop us a line at admin@cifsask.org.


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