Enews Mar 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: April 1, 2017

Thinking of applying to our Community Grant Program? The next deadline is midnight April 1. Please refer to the *updated* 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.

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Updated CIF Guidelines - Effective Immediately

 If you are applying for CIF’s Community Grant Program this April 1, 2017, you must follow the updated guidelines. CIF’s guidelines have been updated to improve clarity on what is eligible under CIF’s Community Grant Program. Before completing your grant application, you are strongly encouraged to read the updated guidelines to ensure your expenses are eligible. 

Changes to eligibilities include: 

  • Honorariums are ineligible, except for those paid to Aboriginal Elders to a maximum of $150/day and elder helpers to a maximum of $50/day. Tobacco may be part of the Elder honorarium, but the total cost of the honorarium and tobacco may not exceed $150/day.
  • Equipment, furniture, and other purchases previously ineligible may be eligible if directly related to the delivery of the project. 

CIF's updated Community Grant Program guidelines: ENGLISH | FRENCH 

CIF provides a Sample Application based on a successful Community Grant Program application. It is designed to assist you in the application process by providing an example of what we are looking for in an application. 
Find the updated Sample Application here.

CIF Feature Story: Saskatchewan Pride Network

The Saskatchewan Pride Network seeks to support and empower LGBT+ people living in smaller communities across Saskatchewan. The ultimate goal is to create safer, more welcoming and more inclusive communities through the provision of inclusive community events and educational opportunities. The 7 communities targeted through this project include Moose Jaw, Swift Current, Weyburn, Estevan, Yorkton, Humboldt and Prince Albert. 

“Through this project, we help to organize community events, provide diversity training to organizations and connect individuals with support, information and resources,” shares Joe Wickenhauser, Executive Director of Moose Jaw Pride.

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

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Resources & Events:

Volunteer Summit 
Celebrate the spirit of Saskatchewan volunteerism at the University of Saskatchewan’s Volunteer Summit on March 25, 2017. "You will have the chance to network with other volunteers, learn about the important ways in which we can inspire others to join us, and keep volunteerism thriving in Saskatchewan." Click here. 

Leap Management Skills Development Program Registration
Registration for the 2017-2018 Leap program opens March 27, 2017. Leap is a management skills development program designed for nonprofit professionals interested in enhancing their management skills. The program consists of 9 one-day sessions throughout the year on a variety of management topics. Learn in a small group environment and connect with other non-profit leaders. Click here. 

Business Continuity Planning & Crisis Management Seminar
SARC Learning Central is hosting a one-day Business Continuity Planning & Crisis Management seminar on March 30, 2017 in Saskatoon. The morning session will be facilitated by Matt Sawatsky from Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations, and will provide knowledge and tools needed to develop a business continuity plan specific to your organization. The afternoon session will be facilitated by Steve Armstrong and will focus on Crisis Leadership. This session will provide individuals with the tools to lead their organization and teams through any crises. Click here. 

2017 SPRA Spring Education and Training Symposium 
If you are a recreation director, facility manager, park operator or volunteer, the Spring Education and Training Symposium in Humboldt, Saskatchewan is the place to be April 10-13, 2017! The Symposium offers professional development opportunities taught by certified instructors, opportunities to connect with colleagues and experts from across Saskatchewan, and courses on topics that matter most to practitioners and volunteers. Click here. 

Common Threads: Weaving a Stronger Nonprofit Sector Conference
This free conference is taking place on June 9, 2017 at Luther College at the University of Regina. It is co-hosted by the Voluntary Sector Studies Network and the Saskatchewan Nonprofit Partnership and will focus on new developments and challenges in advocacy, policy and engagement. Four workshops will be led by Bruce MacDonald (President and CEO, Imagine Canada) , Dr. Cindy Hanson (Faculty of Education, University of Regina), Jeph Maystruck (co-founder, Strategy Lab) and Dr. Gloria DeSantis (founder of VSSN, Faculty of Justice Studies, University of Regina). Please stay tuned for further details!

Passport 2017 Events App for Canada’s 150th 

Passport 2017 is a free mobile and web app designed to help Canadians discover and explore what’s happening for Canada’s 150th. Passport 2017 will be the gateway to thousands of events taking place across the country throughout 2017 and will offer users a constantly updated feed of news, stories, photos and videos. Click here

Financial Planning / Budgeting in the Organization Resource – SaskCulture 
It's that time of the year when many non-profit organizations turn their attention toward year-end reporting, and preparing for the year ahead. Financial planning is an integral part of the process. Get a quick refresher on Financial Planning (aka Budgeting) in the Organizational Resources section of SaskCulture's website. Click here. 

Nature Playbook
Developed by the Canadian Parks Council, the Nature Playbook is a strategy to connect young people with Nature in Canada. This resource includes practical ideas to support programmers and community leaders in facilitating nature experiences and aligns with the Framework for Recreation in Canada's goal of Connecting People and Nature. Click here. 

Other Funding Sources: 

Cameco Creative Kids Northern Cultural Fund (Deadline: March 15, 2017) 
The Cameco Creative Kids Northern Cultural Fund is accepting applications for creative programs for children and youth ages 4 to 19 in Northern communities that address the cultural, creative or artistic needs of their community, up to a maximum of $7,500. Click here. 

Multicultural Initiatives Fund (Deadline: March 31, 2017) 
The Multicultural Initiatives Fund aims to advance multiculturalism in Saskatchewan by supporting projects encouraging people in Saskatchewan to share, learn, appreciate, respect and accept cultural diversity. Click here. 

Bell Let's Talk Community Fund (Deadline: March 31, 2017) 
Grant applications are now being accepted for local mental health initiatives that improve access to care in communities around the country. Registered charities are invited to apply for a grant up to $25,000 to help fund local mental health programs, and all submitted applications are reviewed by a committee of mental health experts from across Canada. 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

Forever...in motion Grant (Deadline: April 1, 2017) 
The Forever...in motion Grant supports communities in the development, implementation and/or delivery of a Forever…in motion program. Click here

Community Cultural Diversity Inclusion Grant (Deadline: April 1, 2017) 
The SPRA Community Cultural 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

Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Leadership Grant (Deadline: April 15, 2017) 
The Aboriginal Arts and Culture Leadership Grant supports the sharing of cultural skills and knowledge to young people through participatory cultural activity with First Nations or Métis arts and culture leaders. Click here. 

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CIF’s Community Grant Program adjudication committees are composed of volunteers from across the province with diverse experiences and knowledge relevant to the CIF's funding objectives. Committee members come from a variety of professional careers including nonprofit leaders, recreation professionals, educators, artists, municipal administrators as well as community volunteers. 

Adjudication Committees are responsible for reviewing applications and making grant recommendations to CIF Board of Directors. 

The Northern, Central and South committees review applications for projects within those regional areas, while the Provincial committee reviews applications for projects that occur in more than one region or that involve participation from throughout Saskatchewan. A description of the regions is available here. 

CIF currently has adjudication committee members from 17 communities across Saskatchewan, stretching out as north as La Loche and as south as Estevan!

Visit CIF's website for more information. 

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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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