Enews August 2016

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Aug 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. 

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. Please refer to the guidelines before applying.

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.

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Feature Story: Kodiak Recreation

 Kodiak Recreation provides inclusive programming to youth and their families, in the areas of sport, culture and recreation. The school led programming is offered outside of regular school hours in Denare Beach and Creighton. Kodiak Recreation offers a variety of drop in sports programming, such as gym nights, softball, floor hockey, arts and craft sessions, along with cultural activities led by an in-house Elder. Every activity is complimented with a healthy snack for participants, and is open for all to attend.

The school led programming provides a safe structured environment for the youth to connect with other youth in the community, creating a sense of belonging.

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

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 Resource Roundup: Strategic Planning 
Every month, the CIF features a new Resource Roundup PDF on a specific topic. This month's topic is on Strategic Planning! Find helpful resources on Strategic Planning for your organization from Maytree, Charity Village, SaskCulture, and more here. For the list of past Resource Roundups, click here.

Generating Momentum: Youth Leadership Camp 
The Generating Momentum Camp is a four-day summer camp for Saskatchewan community-minded youth. The camp is open to individuals 18 to 29 years of age that are passionate about social, global, and environmental justice. The camp takes place August 25-28 at Camp Easter Seal and registrations are now open. Click here

Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame Traveling Exhibit 
The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame has been on the road with their traveling exhibit for their 50th Anniversary project. They will be traveling to 70 Saskatchewan communities in total. View the remainder of their itinerary here

New Certificate in Nonprofit Sector Leadership & Innovation 
The Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) announces a multidisciplinary certificate designed for students and professionals who want to acquire or enhance their expertise for employment and/or voluntary work in the nonprofit sector. Click here

2016 SPRA Annual Conference and the Communities in Bloom National Symposium 
Themed Healthy Communities: Harvesting the Benefits, this will be an exciting event focused on the four pillars of Active Living, Partnerships, Sustainable Communities and Strengthening the Network. Click here.


Other Funding Sources:

Skills Canada Funding Program (Deadline: August 12) 
Employment and Social Development Canada is accepting proposals from organizations interested in receiving financial assistance from the Skills Link program, which helps youth overcome barriers to employment such as challenges faced by recent immigrant youth, youth with disabilities, single parent youth, youth who have not completed high school, Indigenous youth, and youth living in rural or remote areas. Click here

Recreation Equipment Program (Deadline: Oct 1, 2016) 
This program offers south east communities an opportunity to apply for funds to purchase recreation or physical activity equipment. The equipment must be used to promote healthy, active lifestyles and increase access to recreation and physical activity programs. The purpose of the program is to enhance the community’s ability to provide safe and quality recreation and physical activity programming. (Guidelines and Application)(Follow-Up

Canada Council for the Arts (Deadline: Oct 31, 2016) 
The Canada Council for the Arts is marking the 150th Anniversary of Confederation with a special program to support the creation and sharing of exceptional artistic and literary works. These works will encourage public engagement in the arts and will promote outreach locally, nationally and internationally. Click here

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (Deadline: Ongoing) 
The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund supports the improvement of physical conditions for artistic creativity and innovation. The fund supports the improvement, renovation and construction of arts and heritage facilities, as well as the acquisition of specialized equipment. Click here

CIF Grant Tip: How to Communicate about your Funders

 You may find yourself in a position where you are asked a question in an interview about one of your funders. Read this quick guide to help you communicate effectively! 

1. Be accurate. Do your research on the funder(s) before you make a statement. If you don't know an answer, say so. You can damage your credibility by speculating incorrectly. If you should know the answer but don't, offer to research the answer and be sure to follow up. 

2. Be mindful. Keep in mind the purpose of the interview. Ensure you stay on topic when answering questions. Don't say anything you don't want to hear on the news or read in the paper tomorrow morning. Quotes can be taken out of context, jokes can end up in the headline, and a poorly placed word can tarnish your organization for a long time. 

3. Be positive & focus on good relationship building. Be sure to continuously nurture the relationship with your funder(s). Building relationships with funders is crucial and also encompasses positively acknowledging the funder(s) during interviews. 

4. What to do if a misquote occurs. It is common for reporters to edit your interview. However, if what you read doesn't sound like you, you should take action. Treat everyone with respect, apologize if you are at fault, and take steps to correct the error right away and restate your organization’s true intentions. Such steps might include sending a request for a correction on the next issue, writing a letter to the editor, or writing a column explaining that what was attributed to you doesn't reflect your actual views. 

For other helpful interview tips, visit this link & scroll down to “The Art of Being Interviewed” section.

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

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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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