Enews August 2015


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.

fhhys-uq.jpgResources & Events

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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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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