Enews January 2016

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Jan 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: February 1, 2016
  - CIF Media Release: Over $4.5 Million Awarded
  - CIF Feature Story: Assiniboia Tot Spot

  - Resources:

  • NEW: CIF's Resource Roundup: Evaluation
  • Volunteer Canada's Community Building Forum 
  • Become a HIGH FIVE Trainer 
  • Change Work Report
  • 2015 Hunger Count 
  - Other Funding Sources:
  • Young Canada Works 
  • Multicultural Initiatives Fund
  • Welcome Fund for Syrian Refugees
  • New arts initiative for Syrian Refugees
  -  CIF Grant Tip: Overhead Expenses













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.

Over $4.5 Million Awarded to 273 Projects!  

We are excited to announce that 273 projects are receiving $4,551,287 in funding from the Community Initiatives Fund! These projects support a wide variety of projects across Saskatchewan through the Community Grant and Community Places and Spaces programs (October 1st deadline). Check out our media release for more information as well as the complete list of grant recipients and their projects!

Feature Story: Assiniboia Tot Spot, Assiniboia Early Years Coalition

Tot Spot is an indoor playspace for children ages 0-5 and their parent/caregivers in the community and surrounding area of Assiniboia. The first Tot Spot began in 2006, making this upcoming year its 10th year in operation. This program is open two mornings a week with a supervisor who plans special activities and events for the families as well as ensures families feel welcome. This program, supported in part through a grant from the Community Initiatives Fund, is of no cost to children and their parent/caregivers. 
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Tot Spot initially came about to give children a place to play and be physically active during the winter months, but over the years it has evolved to promote much more than just physical activity for the children. “It has been a great avenue to reach parents, especially stay at home mothers, with best practice advice. We have heard from many that this program is extremely helpful for mothers experiencing the ‘blues’ in a very geographically isolated area where getting out and finding support may be difficult” says Jill Zahariuk, Regional KidsFirst Community Developer. 

“Our goal is to give rural parents and children a place to socialize as well as promote activities that are engaging and developmentally appropriate for children” shares Jill. Not only is Tot Spot a great place for children and parents to build new friendships, but it is a hub for parenting advice and an excellent avenue for health care professionals to reach out to parents. Tot Spot has given parents a safe, non-judgmental place to spend quality time with their children. 

Click here for PDF of this month’s Feature Story.

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NEW: CIF's Resource Roundup: Evaluation
The CIF is starting off the New Year with a new addition to our e-updates! Every month, the CIF will feature a new Resource Roundup PDF on a specific topic. This month’s topic is on Evaluation! Find a webinar, toolkits, frameworks and guides on evaluation for nonprofits from the Ontario Nonprofit Network, Imagine Canada, Tamarack Institute, and more!

Volunteer Canada’s 2nd annual Community Building Forum
Join Volunteer Canada at the 2nd annual Community Building Forum for businesses and non-profits in Toronto on June 8-9, 2016. This year’s theme is Building Strong and Connected Communities. Over 150 leaders from diverse regions and sectors will explore ways to strengthen business-community engagement and employer-supported volunteering in Canada. Registration opens in January, 2016.  

Become a HIGH FIVE® Trainer 
Do you provide programming to children and youth? Are you interested in increasing quality assurance in your organization? Becoming a 
HIGH FIVE Trainer and utilizing HIGH FIVE  as a quality assurance tool for training and evaluation has helped many organizations throughout Saskatchewan. On April 13-15, 2016, SPRA will be hosting a HIGH FIVE Trainer course. Prior to this, on March 10-11, 2016, SPRA will be hosting 'HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development' & 'Quest 2courses in Regina. These are prerequisits to becoming a HIGH FIVE Trainer. 
If this sounds like something that your organization could benefit from please contact Desirea Weninger at dweninger@spra.sk.ca or 306.780.9291 indicating your level of interest before January 15, 2016. 

Change Work: Valuing decent work in the not-for-profit sector
Change Work, a report by the Mowat Centre, Ontario Nonprofit Network and Toronto Neighbourhood Centres, explores the concept of decent work and its potential for the not-for-profit sector. It looks at the possible link between the health of the not-for-profit sector as an employer and its effectiveness in achieving community impact. 

2015 Hunger Count 
Food bank use has increased for the second consecutive year, and continues to hover at record levels, according to a national study released today by Food Banks Canada. The HungerCount 2015 report shows that 852,137 people – 305,366 of them children – accessed a food bank in March this year. Food bank use is 1.3% higher than in 2014, and a troubling 26% higher than in 2008, when the economic downturn started. This means that 175,000 more people each month are seeking assistance, compared to 2008. 


Other Funding Sources:

Young Canada Works - Deadline: Jan 15, 2016 
The Young Canada Works program is a joint collaboration between the National Trust for Canada and the Department of Canadian Heritage designed to provide students and recent graduates with work experience in the built heritage sectors. This program assists employers in the creation of jobs for students and recent graduates in such areas as historic research, heritage site interpretation, Doors Open events and much more. 

Multicultural Initiatives Fund - Deadline: Feb 1, 2016
The Multicultural Initiatives Fund (MIF) aims to advance multiculturalism in Saskatchewan by supporting projects encouraging people in Saskatchewan to share, learn, appreciate, respect and accept cultural diversity. 

Welcome Fund for Syrian Refugees
Manulife is partnering with Community Foundations of Canada to establish the Welcome Fund for Syrian Refugees (Welcome Fund). Manulife has donated $500,000 to seed the Welcome Fund. Canada’s community foundation network will also match this contribution at the local level, for a total investment of $1 million to communities that will support refugees. The Welcome Fund will address the refugees’ immediate needs for transitional housing, job training and skills development as identified by the Government. 

New arts initiative to support welcome of refugees to Canada
The Canada Council for the Arts and Sun Life Financial has established new arts initiative to support efforts to welcome Syrian refugees to Canada. Starting in April 2016, the Canada Council’s new initiative will support arts organizations that wish to provide free access to refugees to a performance, exhibition or arts event in their communities. The Canada Council will release further details in March 2016 for arts organizations who are interested in getting involved. 

CIF Grant Tip: Overhead Expenses grant tip picture slim.jpg

maximum of 20% of your CIF grant can go toward overhead expenses. Keep in mind, the final percent (up to 20%) for overhead expenses is determined based on the final grant approved.

Overhead is defined as: supervision, accounting fees, administration, insurance, rent, repairs, office supplies, telephone, utilities, and fundraising expenses – those expenses generally incurred by an organization to maintain operations. 

You must include your request for overhead expense funding in the budget section of your grant application form. Claiming overhead is optional for applicants. Invoices or receipts for overhead costs are not required to claim overhead expenses. 

Remember to double check your numbers to ensure that revenue and expenses match, and that the $ CIF column total in the budget matches your grant request. 

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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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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