Enews December 2015

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Dec 2015

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: February 1, 2016
  - Call for Adjudication Committee Members!
  - CIF Feature Story: Amisk Lake Youth Program!

  - Resources:

  • GivingTuesday - December 1st
  • Mandatory Long-Form Census Restored 
  • 15 Roles that Volunteer Managers Play
  • Nonprofits Included in Top 100 Employers List 
  - Other Funding Sources:
  • WWF Canada's Loblaw Water Fund
  • Canada Council for the Arts Grant List
  • National Trust for Canada: This Place Matters
  -  CIF Grant Tip: Incorporated vs. Unincorporated













Next Application Deadline: FEBRUARY 1, 2016

Don't Miss it!

Thinking of applying to our Community Grant Program Summer GrantThe next deadline is midnight February 1st. 

Summer Grant: Support activities for children and youth that occur between May 1 & August 31. Annual Deadline: February 1.

Community Grant Program: Community grants that enhance the health and wellbeing of Saskatchewan's children, youth and families. Annual Deadlines: April 1 & October 1. 

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

Call for Adjudication Committee Applications

The Community Initiatives Fund is inviting applications from individuals throughout Saskatchewan who are interested in serving on one of our four Adjudication Committees. 

The Adjudication Committees will be responsible for reviewing applications to our Community Grant Program and making grant recommendations to the CIF Board of Directors.

  • Please find the call for interest details here: PDF
  • Please find the application form here: PDF  Word

To apply, send your completed application form to mleisle@cifsask.org by December 4, 2015.

If you have any questions about the committee application process or adjudication requirements, contact Matt Leisle at 306.780.9397 or mleisle@cifsask.org.  

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Feature Story: Amisk Lake Youth Program

Located on the east shore of Amisk Lake, Denare Beach has a permanent population of around 800. In December 2014, the Denare Beach Recreation Board introduced the Amisk Lake Youth Program. This after school and weekend program, supported in part through a grant from the Community Initiatives Fund (CIF), is free to all youth and their families. 
This program benefits people of all ages and cultural backgrounds within the community and surrounding area. “This project has increased the wellbeing of the Denare Beach community in many ways. The youth have gained self-confidence and have learned life skills that they can take with them into their adulthood and pass onto their children” says Jody Lyle, Recreation Director. 

Along with numerous activities, nutritious snacks are offered after school and hot meals are offered on weekends. “A participant who loved to cook was able to learn how to make homemade soup from scratch. Prior to this he thought cooking meant opening a can of soup and heating it up” shares Lyle. This is but one story highlighting the importance of this well rounded program in this community. From physical activity, literacy, and nutrition, this program offers impactful activities that increase the wellbeing of many.

Click here for the PDF version of this month's Feature Story!

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Picture 1: Youth enjoying the new climbing wall.       Picture 2: Reading in the literacy room. 
Photo Credit: 
Laurie Stomp


GivingTuesday - GivingTuesday is a new National movement happening December 1 dedicated to giving and generosity. After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, imagine a day dedicated to giving back, around the world, across Canada, and in your own community. Watch the video here.   

Liberals to Restore Mandatory Long-form Census - The new Liberal government is bringing back the mandatory long-form census, an invaluable source of data for organizations that rely on up-to-date information on the unique needs of the communities they serve.

15 Roles that Volunteer Managers Play - Volunteer managers play multi-faceted roles that include selecting, supervising and connecting volunteers with causes in their communities. Volunteer managers build bridges between organizations and communities. They are key facilitators who help citizens get involved. Thanks to volunteer managers, volunteer programs across Canada are effective and engaging. Ensuring the well-being and happiness of an organization’s volunteers is central in their work.

Nonprofits & charities included in this year's Canada's Top 100 Employers List - The 2016 winners of the Canada's Top 100 Employers competition have recently been announced. The winning organizations collectively employ almost three-quarters of a million Canadians, but their influence on the nation's employment practices and working conditions extends far beyond. Now in its 16th year, the Canada's Top 100 Employers competition is an editorial project that recognizes employers with exceptional human resources programs and forward-thinking workplace policies. Congratulations to the nonprofits and charities that have made it into this year’s Top 100!

Other Funding Sources:

 WWF Canada's Loblaw Water Fund - Deadline: Dec. 14, 2015
WWF Canada is now accepting applications for the Loblaw Water Fund, a program supported by Loblaw Companies Limited with a total of $225,000 available to distribute between selected projects across the country. This fund provides grants to registered charitable organizations and not-for-profits working on critical projects that aim to protect and restore the health of freshwater in Canada. 

Canada Council for the Arts: Numerous Grants Available - Multiple Deadlines 
The Canada Council for the Arts has numerous grants on their website broken down into categories. These categories include: Dance; Media Arts; Music; Theatre; Visual Arts; Writing and Publishing; Audience and Market Development Office; Aboriginal Arts Office; Equity Office; Inter-Arts Office; Art Bank; Canadian Commission for UNESCO.

The National Trust for Canada launched This Place Matters 
This Place Matters is Canada's first national crowdfunding platform dedicated to heritage. Do you have a heritage place in need of critical restoration work or an innovative plan for adaptive-reuse? Or are you in the final stretch of a fundraising campaign and need a boost to attract those final contributions? This Place Matters can be the catalyst that helps your organization reach its goals.  

CIF Grant Tip Presents: Incorporated vs. Unincorporated

The Community Initiatives Fund can provide funding to an incorporated Saskatchewan nonprofit and charitable organization whose primary purpose and activities benefit Saskatchewan communities, OR an unincorporated volunteer community group that is endorsed by an eligible organization. 

If you are an incorporated Saskatchewan nonprofit then you must provide an active incorporation number which will be either a 6 digit or a 10 digit number. This number is different from the federal business or federal charitable number. 

Not incorporated? 
Then you will need an endorsing organization for your application which can be a Saskatchewan nonprofit, municipality, health region, or school/school division that agrees to receive, administer and account for CIF grants on your behalf. Should your application be approved, you will remain the main contact for the grant, however, the cheque will be made payable to the endorsing partner organization. 

There is no limit to the number of applications that an organization can be the endorsing partner for, and it does not affect them becoming an applicant themselves for a different project.

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

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

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