Enews June 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.  

Thank you for your Dedication!

A warm and sincere thank you to Dwight Lemon and Lynn Chipley who served on CIF’s Board of Directors for 8 and 6 years, respectively. As your terms come to a close, we wish to thank you both for your wisdom and strong dedication in supporting CIF. We greatly appreciate the contributions that you’ve made and the support that you’ve offered to the Board and staff over the years. You will be greatly missed and we wish you all the best in your future endeavors!

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Welcome Steve!

We are pleased to welcome Steve Jeffers to the Board. Steve has spent the last 32 years in small business management and the prior 7 years in the banking industry. Steve has a long history of volunteerism. He is currently Board chair of Prince Albert Community Futures and President of the Prince Albert Pistol and Rifle Club. Steve values connecting with others, spending family time at the lake, and various outdoor sporting endeavours. We are excited to work with you, Steve! 

Feature Story: SEARCH Core & Mental Health Programs

Student Energy in Action for Regina Community Health, Inc. (SEARCH) is a non-profit student-run, interdisciplinary primary health care initiative in the North Central community of Regina. SEARCH prides itself on being a volunteer run organization where each week, student volunteers from various postsecondary institutions dedicate their time to work under the guidance of trained professional mentors. “SEARCH’s aim is two-fold. We strive to educate and empower our clients while also educating our students on the social determinants of health and primary health care to create a more socially responsive future of health care professionals,” shared Kelly Husack, Executive Director of SEARCH.

“CIF supports SEARCH’s core programs that operate on an ongoing basis including medical primary health care services, nutrition programming, cultural support, and mental health programming offering adult counselling services and women’s group talking circles,” shared Kelly. “We aim to create healthy individuals and families, so that safer and more resilient communities will be created. Community members and students also leave empowered to create a healthier community at large.”

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

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Resources & Events:

NPO Breakfast Series - Fraud: What can you do to reduce the risk?
Virtus Group is hosting sessions in both Saskatoon and Regina on reducing nonprofit risk. Nonprofit organizations often rely heavily on volunteers and some have few or no employees. This situation can increase the risk of fraud or loss to the organization. Read more. 

June is Recreation & Parks Month Events 
The June is Recreation & Parks Month initiative is a way to celebrate the contribution that recreation and parks make to our communities in Saskatchewan throughout the month of June. Read more. 

Summer Learning Series With Volunteer Canada and Charity Village 
This summer, Volunteer Canada will present a series of webinars in partnership with Charity Village. The presentations will help build capacity among non-profit organizations and volunteer centres to best engage volunteers in building stronger and connected communities. Read more. 

Talk It Out - Support Line for Sport, Culture and Recreation 
If your child or you are having issues with another participant, parent or instructor in any cultural activity, you are encouraged to call the Talk It Out Support Line. This service is provided as a confidential and non-judgmental sounding board for participants, parents or instructors to talk things through and get support and strategies right here in Saskatchewan. Read more. 

New publication by Imagine Canada: Young People & Nonprofit Work 
The future of the charitable work force in Canada can be seen in how charities and nonprofits hire, engage and retain young early-career workers. Through a series of interviews with young workers, we gained insights into the experiences, aspirations and challenges these individuals face as they explore a career in the charitable sector. Read more. 

Vital Signs: Arts and Belonging  
A national report, released by Community Foundations of Canada in partnership with the Canadian Arts Presenting Association, is shining a spotlight on the power of the arts to build a greater sense of belonging to our communities, to our country and to each other. Read more.

Toolkit for Developing and Influencing Physical Activity Policy 
PARC's Toolkit for Developing and Influencing Physical Activity Policy is for practitioners, decision makers, and individuals who are responsible for getting their students, employees, friends, residents, clients, or community members more active by using a policy approach to support and encourage an active lifestyle. Read more. 

Leisure Information Network (LIN) Survey Request 
LIN is developing the Physical Literacy Environmental Assessment (PLEA) Tool, a program evaluation tool for multiple sectors to assess how they are implementing the principles of physical literacy. The purpose of this survey is to learn about, and understand, the variety and scope of child and youth physical activity programs across Canada, so that we can understand how programs can meet, or not meet, indicators relevant to physical literacy. The PLEA Tool will be useful for teachers, coaches, and physical activity program leaders for program planning, delivery and evaluation. Read more. 

Charting a Path Forward: Strengthening & Enabling the Charitable Sector in Canada 
This paper is the first in Mowat NFP's Enabling Environment Series, which 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. 

2017 Summer Bucket List 
Nothing can replace fresh air, sunshine and adventure of an afternoon of playing outdoors! Get a head start on planning an active summer by checking out Saskatchewan in motion's Summer Bucket List. Explore the many great ways to get active this summer. Read more.

Other Funding Sources: 

Creative Kids (Deadline: June 9, 2017) 
Creative Kids provides funding for Saskatchewan children and youth to participate in creative activities such as art, music, dance, theatre, and culture. This deadline is perfect for summer activities. Please note the application forms have changed. Read more

New Horizons Seniors Program (Deadline: June 23, 2017)
The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced the New Horizons for Seniors Program 2017–2018 Call for Proposals for Community-based Projects. Organizations are invited to apply for funding for projects that promote positive aging and empower seniors to initiate and participate in activities that benefit the community. Read more. 

Community Investment Fund (Deadline: June 30, 2017) 
FCL cares about our families, friends and neighbours, as well as the communities where we live, work and play. The Community Investment Fund supports community programs and organizations that matter to their employees. Read more

Community Beautification Program (Deadline: July 14, 2017) 
Eligible projects for the Community Futures Southwest's Community Beautification Program include Community Beautification and Community Project Assistance. Read more

EcoFriendly Sask Action Grants (Ongoing) 
Projects should reduce, prevent, or repair damage to the natural environment. This can be direct (habitat restoration, energy conservation) or indirect (environmental education, promotion of local natural habitats). Read more

CIF Grant Tip: CIF's Recognition Requirements

If you have received a grant from CIF, you are required to recognize CIF for providing a grant in support of your project. You are asked to consider every opportunity to recognize CIF throughout project delivery. This recognition is important to us! This may be accomplished in any combination of the following activities: 

  • in printed products, advertisements, brochures, posters, newsletters, annual reports, media releases, signage, and/or correspondence;
  • publicly during a community gathering or celebration, and/or at exhibits and displays;
  • electronically through websites, e-newsletters, bulletins, blogs, and/or social media. 

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On the ‘Recognition Requirement’ page of our website, you can find the following: 

  • CIF’s Recognition Standard Guidelines; 
  • horizontal and vertical CIF logos in a variety of formats; 
  • a Grant Recipient Certificate to print and display; 
  • and a short blurb on CIF. 

If you have any questions about CIF’s recognition requirements, please visit the website, or contact the Community Relations Coordinator at admin@cifsask.org or 306.780.9394.

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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