Enews February 2014

February 2014

Is the Community Initiatives Fund in your community yet? 
We're investing in communities just like yours!

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 childhood development, youth involvement, volunteer leadership, physical activities, Aboriginal inclusion, facility upgrades or renovations, and milestone or cultural community celebrations.

Our grants could be yours.

Feature Project: Canora's Aboriginals in Motion Project

Taking AIM Through Fun and Physical Activities

With more demand for this program than he can currently provide, Shawn Tratch with the Canora Child Action Plan's AIM Project offers after school activities and skills development for those 7-18 years of age through a project that combines learning with exercise and lots of fun. 

  • AIM provides after school exercise and new experiences for 7-18 year olds. 
  • CIF granted $14,000 to Canora Crossroads Project Reconnect for its AIM Project.
  • Partners include the Town of Canora, Sunrise Health Region, two Canora schools, the local Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, and others.
  • Contact the grant recipient.
  • Learn more about Canora's AIM Project
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Physical activities through the Canora AIM Project include swimming and snow shoeing. Photo Credit:  Shawn Tratch.  


Program Application Deadlines

NEW Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) programming, announced in December, will be effective April 1, 2014.  Programming supports individual, family and community wellbeing through grants for childhood development, positive life choices, active living, community celebrations, facility upgrades, and volunteerism. The CIF's Physical Activity Grant Program, the Problem Gambling Prevention Program and the Community Vitality Program ends on March 31, 2014. Application deadlines:  April 1 and October 1 for Annual Grants. Upcoming Summer Grant deadline February 1.  More.

Community Grant Program:  This program is broadened to include community support for active living; healthy growth and development of children and youth; individual, family and community wellbeing; supportive and inclusive communities; and community engagement and capacity building that includes cultural or centennial milestone celebration.  More.

Community Places and Spaces Program:  This program offers grants in support of community facility upgrades, retrofits, and related work to increase use and accessibility of community facilities. Facilities may include rinks, halls, arenas, playgrounds, ball diamonds, parks, and other areas or facilities. More.



Resource Highlights

Strengthening Organizations Seminars Series (on Wednesday's in February).  Imagine Canada offers a webinar series on key issues related to operating charities and nonprofits beginning February 5 with an integrated framework for earned income and social enterprise. OtherFebruary webinars include aspects of:  Transparency and impact, Receipting, Fundraising and Gifts, and Corporate Community Partnerships.

Community Grant through Heart and Stroke Foundation. The Saskatchewan Heart and Stroke Foundation through its My Healthy Community Grant Program offers up to $4000 as a grant to Saskatchewan groups and organizations for projects that make a healthy community difference and focus on children, youth and families. Individuals and organizations in Saskatchewan wanting to make healthy changes in their communities should apply by March 3, 2014.

Anti-Spam Regulation Exempts Charities.  New regulations through the Government of Canada relating to portions of Canada's Anti-Spam Law now exempt registered charities using commercial electronic marketing when the primary purpose of the communication is to raise money for the charity. This means registered charities can continue to use electronic communications to raise money for their cause without incurring significant new costs or risks. 

Saskatchewan Event Hosting Program.  

211 Saskatchewan is a Saskatchewan-based website that offers a comprehensive reference service for Saskatchewan government, community, social and health services.


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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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