Enews Jan 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: February 1, 2017

Thinking of applying to our Community Grant Program Summer Grant? The next deadline is midnight February1st. Please refer to the guidelines before applying.

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.

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

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$4.5 Million Awarded to 274 Projects!

The Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) is thrilled to announce that Saskatchewan communities will benefit from 274 grants totaling $4,523,480 from CIF’s October 1st, 2016 deadline. CIF supports initiatives that enhance individual and community quality of life and wellbeing. With CIF support, Saskatchewan communities benefit by having access to local projects that encourage community development, access to programs and services, inclusion, and leadership. Check out our media release for more information as well as the complete list of grant recipients and their projects!

Summer Feature Stories: 
Allan Summer Fun Program & Kool Summer Daze

The programs highlighted in this month’s Feature Story have both received a grant from CIF’s Summer Grant program. Summer Grants are intended to support activities and programs 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. For more information on summer grants, please read our guidelines and/or contact admin@cifsask.org or 306.780.9308. 

The Allan Summer Fun Program is a summer program for children aged five to twelve with a focus on mental growth, physical activity, and healthy lifestyles. “The quality of life for the children of our community has been increased by giving children something extra to look forward to daily” said Nordmarken. “For our community the benefits of having our children grow up with positive outlets to express themselves as well as a sense of ease for parents knowing their children have a safe place to go is immense.” 

Kool Summer Daze provided children with the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of games, crafts, and activities. This program was offered at no cost and was accessible to children of all needs. “This summer program made it possible for children to engage in the community in meaningful ways” shared Bonnie Marchildon, Office Administrator. “Children gained a sense of belonging and they also learned to take pride in their community. It not only helped keep our community active throughout the summer, but it brought a dynamic sense of community to all involved.”

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

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Resources & Events:

 Heartwarming statistics about Canadian Nonprofits 
Charity Village has put together an infographic of heartwarming statistics about Canadian Nonprofits. Click here.

Anti-Racism Facilitator Training for Anti-Racism Youth Leadership Workshops 
In order to have facilitators for the anti-racism youth leadership workshops, MCoS is offering anti-racism facilitator training. This intensive orientation will take place the day before the large workshop in Regina, Saskatoon and Swift Current. Facilitators will be expected to commit to both the training and the workshop. Click here. 

2017 Arrêt/Stop Racism Youth Leadership Workshops 
MCoS is offering an opportunity for high school students to participate in an anti-racism leadership workshop. Students will engage with peers from throughout the province as they participate in activities to explore identity, intercultural relationships, power, privilege, racism and discrimination. They will learn to facilitate these activities for use in the local school and community. Great prep for the International Day for the Elimination of Racism on March 21st. Click here. 

Annual General Meeting Resource - SaskCulture 
An Annual General Meeting is required by law for any provincially incorporated non-profit organization, not to mention being an important part of its democratic life. Check out How to Run an Annual General Meeting on SaskCulture's website for useful information to help you prepare and conduct an effective AGM. Click here. 

When to file the T3010 
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has released a page to help charities better understand when to file their T3010 charity return. The CRA page also outlines what needs to be included with your T3010 and has links to various guides and checklists to help charities accurately compile their return and documentation. Click here

Other Funding Sources: 

Main Street Saskatchewan Grant Program (Deadline: Jan 23, 2017) 
This grant supports the implementation of the Government of Saskatchewan's Main Street Saskatchewan program by providing funds to local Main Street organizations and the owners of properties located in participating Main Street program areas for community organization, economic restructuring, marketing and heritage conservation and design projects. Click here. 

Leadership Development Grant (Deadline: Feb 1, 2017) 
The SPRA Leadership Development Grant encourages members to develop human resources needed to continue building community capacity that will advance recreational opportunities. Click here. 

Community Cultural Engagement and Planning Grant (Deadline: Feb 15, 2017) 
SaskCulture’s Community Cultural Engagement and Planning grant (CCEP) aims to support Saskatchewan municipalities and First Nations Bands to explore and plan for the creative and cultural potential of a community. Click here. 

Take The Lead! Funding (First come first serve until Feb 28, 2017) 
Take the Lead! is a program focused on fostering leadership skills in youth aged 11-14. The Take the Lead! Training Assistance Program is available to schools or community organizations interested in implementing a Take the Lead! program. Click here

Métis Recreation Development Grant (Deadline: April 1, 2017) 
The SPRA Métis Recreation Development Grant assists SPRA active members to develop recreation opportunities for Métis people in Saskatchewan. Click here

Community Cultural Diversity Inclusion Grant (Deadline: April 1, 2017) 
The SPRA Community Diversity Inclusion Grant assists SPRA active members in offering recreation programs or events that target the diverse populations within the member's community. Click here.

CIF Grant Tip: Summer Grants vs. Community Grant Program

 When you apply for a CIF grant, be sure you are applying to the correct grant program that suits your project’s needs. 
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Summer Grants – Deadline: February 1 
Summer Grants support activities and programs 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. Please note that although your project may occur between May and August, it must be specifically for children and youth to qualify as a summer grant.

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. Community Grant Program projects can include Child and youth development; reducing barriers to participation; prevention, intervention and support programs; cultural and community events; and volunteerism and capacity building. For more information, please read through the guidelines.

For the PDF, click here.

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Saskatchewan’s Community Initiatives Fund is a Special Purpose Fund created through The Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation Act & is accountable to the Ministry of Parks, Culture & Sport. Our programs are funded through a portion of the Regina & Moose Jaw casino profits.

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