Enews August 2017

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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 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.  

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Saskatchewan Nonprofit Organizations Research Survey

Are you a Saskatchewan Nonprofit? Make your voice count! Participate in the Saskatchewan Nonprofit Organizations Research Survey to help gather baseline data about the size, scope, and contributions of the sector. The survey is intended to gather information to better understand and collectively communicate the scope and impact of our sector. Survey questions focus on human resources (paid and unpaid), financial, audiences served, and trends. This survey is being undertaken by Insightrix Research on behalf of the Saskatchewan Nonprofit Partnership. To receive the survey link, please contact Tasha.Moskal@insightrix.com or visit www.sasknonprofit.ca for more information.

Please share this survey with your networks and via Facebook and Twitter!

Feature Story: North Central Vibe Program

The North Central Vibe Program engages and empowers residents to become active and involved in their community through weekly arts, culture, and fitness programming. The program offers five hours a week of structured youth and family programming in North Central, totaling 250 programing hours a year. "Participants have the opportunity to channel their creativity through arts, culture, and fitness that they may not have access to at home. We provide a safe environment for people of the community to come and have a chance to interact with other community members in a positive way,” shares Louise.

For the full story, click here
Fo a list of previous Feature Stories, click here

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Resources & Events:

Register for the 12th Annual Nonprofit Management Institute 
Stanford Social Innovation Review’s twelfth annual Nonprofit Management Institute—Leading Social Change in Turbulent Times—recognizes that organizational leaders face difficult and uncertain roads ahead. Through a mix of intensive sessions, hands-on workshops, and insightful interviews with thought leaders from academia, nonprofits, for-profits, and government, you’ll leave the conference feeling inspired and ready to take action. The program will take place September 12-13 at Stanford University. Read more

Canadians Invited to Share Ideas on How to Prevent & Reduce Homelessness 
The Government of Canada has announced the creation of the Advisory Committee on Homelessness. An online engagement process has been launched to gather feedback and ideas from Canadians on how to prevent and reduce homelessness in Canada. All Canadians are invited to share their views and ideas through the online survey and by sharing their stories before the end of August 2017. The Advisory Committee will consider the feedback and ideas from the engagement process and will provide the Minister with options for the redesign of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy. Read more

150 Years of Canadian Volunteering History 
Volunteers – what would we do without them? Since Canada’s earliest days as a nation, volunteers have continuously worked towards creating a better society for all. Here’s a recap of the last 150 years of volunteering history. Read more

UAKN 2016-2017 Summary of Research 
The Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network (UAKN) 2016-17 Summary of Research is now available online. Find out the latest key findings and information on the over 60 UAKN Research Projects taking place across the regions! Read more

Notification of Cessation of Leisure Information Network Services 
The Leisure Information Network is no longer able to secure the funding needed to maintain and grow the National Recreation Database and their suite of information web resources. As a result, LIN will wind down its operations ending September 30, 2017. Read more

Surveying the Field 2017 Summary 
SPRA conducted an online survey in January 2017, with support from InsightrixResearch, of more than 800 people from across the province. Respondents were asked a variety of questions related to the themes of Active Living, Inclusion and Access, and Supportive Environments. In Surveying the Field - 2017, a number of recent trends related to topics were identified, such as: sedentary behavior and inactivity, discrimination and harassment, healthy food choices, mental health, how income affects physical activity, and the recreation experiences of newcomers, LGBT, and Indigenous people. Read more

The Shifting Terrain: Nonprofit Policy Advocacy in Canada 
“Has advocacy become a dirty word in Canada? We believe it has and it is for this reason that we were inspired to write a book about it. Canadian advocacy has evolved over the past few decades. A core function of the nonprofit sector, advocacy endures in an unsympathetic neoliberal landscape - one dominated by a rise in government surveillance, ongoing government funding cuts, and confusion over what activities are permissible.” Read more.  

Diversity through Inclusive Practice 
In partnership with DAWN-RAFH Canada, the Community Inclusions and Exclusions theme group produced a toolkit to assist individuals and organizations with planning and carrying out inclusive processes and events. Based on shared knowledge, the Toolkit provides practical suggestions for creating spaces that are inclusive of all people, regardless of age, ability, ethno-cultural background, indigenous heritage, sexual orientation, or place of origin. Note that this is an evolving document that will be updated and added to in order to keep it current in the years to come. Read more

Other Funding Sources:  

Creative Kids (Deadline: August 18, 2017) 
Creative Kids believes all children and youth should have the opportunity to participate in cultural and creative activities regardless of economic or social barriers. They provide funding for Saskatchewan children and youth to participate in creative activities such as art, music, dance, theatre, and culture. Read more

The Youth Justice Fund (Deadline: August 31, 2017) 
This fund provides grants and contributions to projects that encourage a more effective youth justice system, respond to emerging youth justice issues and enable greater citizen and community participation in the youth justice system. Projects addressing gaps in services for Indigenous youth in conflict with the law will be prioritized for funding in order to respond to the over-representation of young Indigenous Canadians in the criminal justice system. Read more

CIF Grant Tip: Support to Rural Programs

Are CIF's grants reaching rural communities? You bet! Supporting programs in rural and remote communities is a priority of the Community Initiatives Fund and we encourage organizations in small communities across Saskatchewan to apply for CIF grants. 

In 2016, 66% of regional grants from CIF’s April 1 and October 1 deadlines were awarded outside of Regina and Saskatoon and 40% of grants were awarded outside of Saskatchewan’s 17 cities. This added up to over $1.3 million invested in towns and villages across the province in regional grants. Almost 10% of regional grants approved were for programs located in Northern Saskatchewan, totaling over $500,000. In addition to regional grants, CIF also funded over $1.1 million for programs with a provincial scope, many of which also benefit smaller communities. 

CIF’s Community Grant Program adjudication committees are also composed of volunteers from across the province. CIF currently has committee members from 15 communities across Saskatchewan excluding Regina and Saskatoon, representing 66% of all adjudication committee members. 

CIF has an interactive map where you can search for specific communities that were awarded CIF grants! The map is currently showcasing grants from the Feb 1 & Apr 1, 2017 deadlines. Check the interactive map out here.

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

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Saskatchewan's Community Initiatives Fund (www.cifsask.org) 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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