Enews July 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: October 1, 2017

Thinking of applying to our Community Grant Program? The next deadline is midnight October 1. Please refer to the guidelines before applying.

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

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.

As a reminder, the Community Places and Spaces Program has ended. 
Please note that capital projects are not eligible under the Community Grant Program.  


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CIF Media Release: $4.6 Million Awarded to 390 Projects

CIF is delighted to announce that Saskatchewan communities will benefit from 390 grants totaling $4,643,559 from CIF’s February 1st and April 1st deadlines. CIF supports initiatives that enhance the quality of life and wellbeing of people living throughout Saskatchewan. Check out our media release for more information as well as the complete list of grant recipients and their projects!


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We’re excited to let you know the Saskatchewan Nonprofit Partnership (SNP) is up and running! SNP began with a small group of Sask-based nonprofit professionals from six organizations, who decided to step in where the Saskatchewan Network of Nonprofit Organizations (SNNO) left off: to improve awareness of the impact the sector in Saskatchewan, enhance its efforts and reduce its challenges. The Partnership will benefit the sector, its employees and volunteers through collaboration in research, networking, public awareness, sector strategy development and thought leadership. 

Connect with the Saskatchewan Nonprofit Partnership on Facebook and Twitter to be kept up to date on SNP’s activities! For a general overview of the Partnership, you can also visit the website: www.sasknonprofit.ca. To receive e-updates on the work of the Partnership and other information relevant to the nonprofit sector email us at info@sasknonprofit.ca. Feel free to share this exciting news with your networks! 

The Partnership is excited to launch the first-ever survey of nonprofit organizations in the province! The survey is intended to gather information so that we can better understand and collectively communicate the scope and impact of our sector. Survey questions focus on human resources (paid and unpaid), financial, audiences served, and trends. The Partnership has contracted with Insightrix Research to conduct the survey over the summer. Anyone wanting additional information about the survey is welcome to contact Tracey Mann, Community Initiatives Fund, at tmann@cifsask.org or 306.780.9395. If you have not been contacted by Insightrix to participate in the survey and would like to participate please email Tasha Moskal at Tasha.Moskal@insightrix.com.


Feature Story: iMAGine Arts Visual Arts Education Program

The Mann Art Gallery is the only professional public art gallery in Prince Albert and the surrounding area. Designing and delivering a professional quality, diverse, relevant, and robust Art Education Program is one of the three core ways the Gallery fulfills its mandate and serves its city and region. Its mandate is to bridge art and community through excellence in art. The iMAGine Arts Visual Art Education Program is one of the fundamental ways through which the gallery achieves its mission: "to engage and facilitate the development, presentation, and preservation of the visual arts in a diverse and inclusive community." 

"Crucial project-based funding from granting organizations like the Community Initiatives Fund has enabled iMAGine Arts to engage over 3,500 participants per year in high-quality art education in our 10 program categories, designed to provide access to professional art, artists, and art-making opportunities regardless of age, ability, financial standing, family situation, or social status," shares Lana Wilson, Gallery Educator. "CIF grant funding enables the Gallery Educator position to exist to provide both long-term, ongoing, and on-demand programs for the entire community. In 2016 we delivered a record-breaking 237 education activities to 3,853 participants. Our programs are in high demand and we regularly receive new requests from school and community groups."

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

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Resources & Events:

Participate in the 2017 Boland Survey 
The Boland Survey has provided the Canadian nonprofit sector with compensation data for 20 years. Human resource professionals, executive directors/CEOs, and board members look to the regional reports for annual data on salary trends and predictions, benefits, and human resource practices needed to make informed compensation decisions. This is the only survey in Canada that includes annual and equivalent hourly rates for the nonprofit sector. Read more

Call for Presenters - Gathering Strength: Framework for Recreation in Canada Forum
The Gathering Strength/Rassembler nos forces: Framework for Recreation in Canada Forum is happening in Regina in May 2018. This national Forum is focused on building relationships, continuing dialog and working in cooperation towards achieving the values, goals and priorities identified in the Framework for Recreation in Canada: 2015 Pathways to Wellbeing. The Program Sub-Committee for the Forum is accepting applications for concurrent session presenters. They are looking for thought provoking and engaging presenters and facilitators who can share knowledge from local, provincial and national levels and offer topics that are well aligned with the Framework for Recreation in Canada. Applications are due July 14, 2017. Read more

Interested in SARC’s Leap program? 
Learn about the Leap experience from none other than past Graduates of the program! Network with nonprofit leaders across Saskatchewan in this management skills development program. Registration is currently open for the 2017-2018 Leap year. Watch the video or learn more about Leap.

Generating Momentum 
This is a 4-day camp held at Camp Easter Seal, located on Little Manitou Lake (near Watrous), with a focus on providing the practical skills, knowledge, education, and networking opportunities necessary to make a difference in your community. If you are 18 to 35 years of age and are passionate about social, global, and environmental justice, this camp is for you! Read more

Report on Strengthening the Canadian Charitable Sector 
The Mowat Centre has released a report, Charting a Path Forward: Strengthening and Enabling the Charitable Sector in Canada. This paper explores the different dimensions of an ‘Enabling Environment’ in the relationship between the charitable and nonprofit sector and government. The paper defines the current challenge in the relationship between the federal government and the nonprofit and charitable sector; explores what an enabling environment could look like; identifies possible priorities; and presents different ways that the government and the sector can work together. Read more

Government of Canada Releases Report Based on Accessibility Consultations 
Over 6,000 people participated, both online and in-person, in the largest and most accessible consultation process on disability in Canada in the past 20 years. These consultations included 18 public meetings and 9 thematic roundtables where Canadians from across the country shared their personal stories and their challenges, successes, hopes and aspirations for a more inclusive society. The report summarizes what the Government of Canada learned from consulting with Canadians, experts, stakeholders and community organizations, and provides valuable insight on the barriers that Canadians with disabilities face in their daily lives. Read more


Other Funding Sources:  

Enabling Accessibility Fund (Deadline: July 26, 2017) 
The EAF funds organizations, businesses and other eligible recipients to improve accessibility and/or safety for people with disabilities by supporting the capital costs of renovation, construction and/or retrofit activities and the provision of accessible technologies in workplaces and communities across Canada. Read more

Communities at Risk - Security Infrastructure Program (Deadline: July 31, 2017) 
This program is designed to help communities at risk of hate-motivated crime improve their security infrastructure, which will help make Canada safer for all Canadians. Funding is available to not-for-profit organizations linked to a community at risk of being victimized by hate-motivated crime. The funds help with the costs of security infrastructure improvements for places of worship, provincially and territorially recognized educational institutions, and community centers. Read more


CIF Grant Tip: Building a Strong Grantee-Funder Relationship 

 The relationship between grantees and funders is an important one, but it can be difficult at times. Here are a few tips for grantees to help build a strong relationship with their funders. 

Do Your Research. Take the time to learn about the goals and mission of a funder, and make sure you have a solid understanding of the types of organizations and projects they fund. If your organization does not look like the best fit, it may be better to walk away than to make yourself fit the funder’s guidelines. Think of it like puzzle pieces - if you have to force them together, it’s probably not the right match. 

Don’t be Afraid to Ask Questions. If you want to know more about a funder, their process, or what kind of projects they support, don’t be afraid to pick up the phone or write an email. Funding agencies want to find great projects to support, so don’t be afraid to speak to them. If you are having trouble completing the application, or want to check on the status of your grant, you should feel comfortable asking. Just keep in mind that funders work with many organizations and they may not have time to meet individually with each organization to review draft applications in detail. 

Be Honest. Funders understand that non-profit work is messy, and not everything goes according to plan. Don’t try to cover up mistakes or overstate results. Showing that you are willing to change and can adapt to the needs of your community will have a far more positive impact than stretching the truth on the results of your program. Honesty will build far more trust, and continue to strengthen your relationship. 

Know that Mistakes Happen. Both funders and grantees are made up of regular people, and mistakes can and will happen. If you forgot to send in a final report on time or misplaced some receipts, talk to your funder and explain the situation. Also remember that funders make mistakes too, and if you think they have made an error, have a conversation about it. Being able to respectfully talk about mistakes is an important part of your relationship. 

Follow Recognition Guidelines. If you receive a grant from a funder, you will most likely be required to recognize the funder for providing a grant in support of your program. Be sure to follow any recognition guidelines they have and consider every opportunity to recognize the funder throughout your program delivery. Acknowledgement is important! We all like recognition for our work and funders are no different. 

Nurture the Relationship with Your Funder. Positively acknowledging your funders in public and following all reporting and acknowledgement requirements can help build a stronger relationship with your funder. If your application did not receive a grant, try to use the feedback from funders to improve your application in the future. Sometimes good applications are rejected simply because grant requests far exceeds the dollars available. As mentioned above, don't be afraid to ask funders any questions you may have and be sure to utilize resources they provide on their website. 

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


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Saskatchewan's Community Initiatives Fund (www.cifsask.org) 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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