Enews February 2016

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Feb 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.   

 In this e-update:
  - Next CIF Deadline: April 1, 2016
  - CIF's Survey: Community Perspectives Survey
  - CIF Feature Story: Financial Literacy Train the Trainer
    and Community Mentorship, READ Saskatoon

  - Resources:

  • NEW: CIF's Resource Roundup: Governance
  • Truth & Reconciliation Commission Final Report 
  • Income-Related Health Inequalities in Canada 
  • Sun Life Canadian Health Index
  - Other Funding Sources:
  • Annual Violence Prevention Grants 
  • Municipal Cultural Engagement & Planning Fund 
  • Canada Summer Jobs 
  • Creative Partnerships - Artist in Residence 
  • Southeast Connection Funding Activity Assistance
  -  CIF Grant Tip: 3 things you should know!













Next Application Deadline: April 1, 2016

Thinking of applying to our Community Grant Program? The next deadline is midnight April 1st. 

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.

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

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Please participate in our Community Perspectives Survey!

 The Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) has implemented a number of changes to our grant programs over the past
4 years and we are looking for your input in assessing the impact of these changes. As an applicant to one or more of the CIF’s programs, your perspective is critical and we hope you will take a few moments to provide us with your honest assessment of your experiences with the CIF. Your feedback will help inform future program improvements as we strive to ensure our grant programs are meeting community needs. Please be assured that your responses are completely confidential and your anonymity is guaranteed. Your responses are incredibly valuable to us! 

You can access the survey directly by following this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TCYJ9LD
Please copy and paste the URL into your browser if the
above link does not work.

This survey should take less than 15 minutes to complete.
Please complete this survey before February 10, 2016.

Feature Story: Financial Literacy Train the Trainer and Community mentorship, Read Saskatoon

Since 2012, READ Saskatoon has delivered Financial Literacy Programs to youth and adults in partnership with community groups, libraries, parent and workplace programs through trained staff and trained financial institution volunteers. READ Saskatoon's Financial Literacy Program offers a series of workshops based on the sustainable livelihood model that focuses on building the strengths of individuals. The two-hour workshops cover financial topics such as asset building, banking, credit, budgeting, and consumerism and are based on the Momentum Money Management curriculum. Thanks to the investment from the Community Initiatives Fund, five communities are now able to address the poverty issues of their cities or towns.

readsaskatoon.png“Over the past three years we have had great interest from other communities about our workshops, so this fall we delivered the training to five Saskatchewan communities: Prince Albert, Swift Current, Yorkton, Regina and Nipawin” shares Desiree Tirk, Program Manager of READ Saskatoon. “Each organization went home with a toolkit of resources, program forms, databases and networking connections. Ongoing support for each community is critical for this project’s success, so we provide follow-up support for all phases of the planning, delivery, and evaluation of each community’s financial literacy programs.” 

READ Saskatoon’s Financial Literacy Program’s goal is to provide support to those who live in poverty or those who are vulnerable to living in poverty. This year, their workshops have mainly been attended by single parents and women, earning less than $30,000/yr. “Our work is based upon the sustainable livelihoods model, which is an asset-building approach to poverty reduction and other social programming. It is based on the premise that everyone has assets on which to build and that strengthening a number of asset areas can enable people and families to not just get by, but to actually get ahead despite shocks and changes in the external environment. It is strength-based because it focuses on what people already have, rather than on what they lack. Studies have found this approach impactful because it allows people to prosper by addressing social, human, personal, financial and physical (material) assets” says Desiree. 

Based on READ Saskatoon’s results over the past three years, they have found that once given the tools, guidance, advice, and connection to local resources, people make positive changes to their behaviors that result in savings and increased stability for themselves and their families. 

Click here for PDF of this month’s Feature Story.
Click here for READ Saskatoon's website.
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NEW: CIF's Resource Roundup: Governance
Every month, the CIF will feature a new Resource Roundup PDF on a specific topic. This month’s topic is on Governance! Learn about how to build your Board, Board roles and responsibilities, Board policies and planning, governance structures, risk management, evaluation and more! Find helpful guides, tools, resources, an online course, podcasts and more from sources such as Imagine Canada, Charity Village, Dalhousie University, and Volunteer Canada! Click here

Truth and Reconciliation Commission Releases Final Report   
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its final report, a comprehensive and detailed account of the history, experiences and profound, long-lasting impacts residential schools have had on survivors, their families and communities, as well as on Canadian society, as a whole. It also outlines specific Calls to Action on how Canadians can move forward together in the spirit of reconciliation. Click here.

Trends in Income-Related Health Inequalities in Canada 
Canada has made little progress in closing the gap between the health of richer and poorer Canadians, according to data released today by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). In fact, this gap has generally persisted or widened over time. Click here.

2015 Sun Life Canadian Health Index 
New findings from this study indicates that an overwhelming majority of Canadians (more than four in five) believe that employers are responsible for supporting their employees' physical and psychological health. The 2015 survey also found that there is a clear relationship between health and employee productivity among those surveyed. More than one-third (35%) of Canadians say that their productivity at work has been negatively affected by their physical or mental health in the last six months. Click here


Other Funding Sources:

Annual Violence Prevention Grants (Deadline: February 8) 
The Canadian Women's Foundation is now accepting proposals for 2016-2017 Annual Violence Prevention Grants. Organizations can apply for funding in four areas: prevention; rebuilding lives; loan funds; and collaborative projects. Click here

The Municipal Cultural Engagement and Planning Fund (Deadline: February 16) 
This fund aims to support Saskatchewan municipalities and First Nations Bands wanting to explore and plan for the creative and cultural potential of their community through cultural engagement and planning initiatives. Click here.

Canada Summer Jobs (Deadline: February 26) 
Canada Summer Jobs is a Government of Canada initiative that provides funding for nonprofit organizations, public sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees to create summer jobs for students between the ages of 15 and 30. Click here

Artists in Communities - Artist in Residence (Deadline: April 15) 
Funding assists eligible applicants to host an artist in residence project by contracting a professional Saskatchewan artists in any discipline to collaboratively engage the community in arts activities. Click here.  

Southeast Connection Funding Activity Assistance (Deadlines: First of every month except March.) 
Communities and organizations can apply for support for sport, culture, and recreation opportunities such as a physical activity initiative, cultural program or a sport clinic. The purpose of the assistance is to help remove barriers to participation and assist organizations and groups to provide affordable sport, culture and recreational development opportunities. Click here.

CIF Grant Tip: 3 things to keep in mind when completing your Grant Application. 

1. Is the organization incorporated? 

  • If your organization is incorporated, you must provide the 9 digit Saskatchewan incorporation number from ISC. Please note that this is not the charity number from CRA (CRA numbers include RR0001). If you don’t have an incorporation number, you will need an eligible organization to act as an endorsing partner and accept the funds on your behalf. Learn more here.
2. Summer Grants vs. Community Grant Program Grants
  • Summer Grants – Deadline: February 1 
    Summer Grants support activities for children and youth that occur between May 1 and 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. Learn more here.
  • Community Grant Program – Deadlines: April 1 & October 1 
    Community Grant Program grants support projects and activities for all ages that occur anytime during the year. If you are applying for an event, this is the grant program you would apply to. Community Grant Program projects can include education and awareness; prevention and intervention; sport, culture and recreation; volunteerism; and community celebrations. Learn more here.

3. Balancing the Budget

  • The budget in your application is no different than any budget in that it needs to balance! When completing the budget in your CIF application form, please make sure that the total Grant Request amount matches the CIF Total Expenses Budget amount. Please click here for a visual.

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

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

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