Enews July 2015

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July 2015

Growing Saskatchewan Communities

Is the Community Initiatives Fund in your community yet?

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 early childhood development, youth programming, volunteer leadership, physical activity, Aboriginal inclusion, facility upgrades or renovations, and community celebrations.

Community Places and Spaces Program Extended!

The CIF announces the extension of the popular Community Places and Spaces Program! Targeted to end March 31, 2016 the program will now end March 31, 2017. This means 2 application deadlines remain: October 1, 2015 and October 1, 2016. The program supports small capital renovations that improve the quality, sustainability, and long-term use of multi-purpose community facilities such as halls, recreation facilities, and playgrounds. Apply here!

Next Application Deadline: OCTOBER 1, 2015
Don't miss it!  

Thinking of applying to our Community Grant Program or Community Places and Spaces Program? The next deadline is midnight October 1st. We encourage you to submit your application well before the deadline to allow time for questions and avoid technology snags - they do happen!

Community Grant Program: Community grants that enhance the health and wellbeing of Saskatchewan's children, youth and families. Deadlines: April 1 and October 1 for Annual grants. Summer grant deadline: February 1. APPLY HERE.

Community Places and Spaces Program: Offers grants for small capital projects and upgrades to multi-use community facilities. Deadline: October 1. APPLY HERE.

Over $7 Million Awarded to 502 Projects!

We are excited to announce that 502 projects are receiving $7,210,203 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 (April 1st deadline) as well as through Summer Grants (February 1st deadline). Check out ourmedia release for more information as well as the complete list of grant recipients and their projects!

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How do you measure the impact of your program?

The article "How Do You Know Your Stories Are Making a Difference?" walks you through common perceptions of measuring impact and provides an array of helpful articles and tools on how to go about measuring the impacts and outcomes of your programs. 

One of the useful tools this article highlights includes the website How do we know if we’re making a difference – Horticulture Tools which uses garden tools as metaphors to provide fresh language for how to explore media impact. 

photo_70469_wide_650x325.pngFor example, rakes “scratch the surface of an issue to engage people with different perspectives around common values” and trellises “help movements grow by telling a story that affirms, directs, and heightens the visibility of existing efforts”.

Click here for a chart that summarizes the garden tool metaphors. Be sure to check out the website for a full description!



Get in Touch Today!

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Be sure to look out for us on Facebook and Twitter for weekly tips and tricks on how to write successful grant applications as well as a bunch of other exciting updates, news stories, and resources! 


Saskatchewan’s Community Initiatives Fund is a Special Purpose Fund created through The Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation Act and is 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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