Enews March 2014

March 2014

Is the Community Initiatives Fund in your community yet? 
We're investing in communities just like yours!

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 childhood development, youth involvement, volunteer leadership, physical activities, Aboriginal inclusion, facility upgrades or renovations, and milestone or cultural community celebrations.

Our grants could be yours.

Feature Project: Newcomers Rise to a Welcoming Challenge!

Swift Current's Newcomers Get CIF Support

Helping integrate newcomers to Swift Current has an added feature these days. Swift Current's Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre will run the Swift Current Mad Dash that combines physical activity with cultural awareness, some literary skills and a little bit of history. The CIF is supporting this welcome.

  • Newcomers to Swift Current receive a special welcome!
  • Over 50 volunteers help welcome more than 70 Swift Current newcomers.
  • CIF granted $8,368 for the Swift Current Mad Dash.
  • Learn more about the Mad Dash.
  • Contact the grant recipient. 
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Above:  Mark Brooks, information services advisor, and Icasiana 
de Gala, executive director, Southwest Newcomer Centre. 
Photo Credit:  Southwest Newcomer Centre)


Program Application Deadlines

NEW Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) programming, announced in December, will be effective April 1, 2014.  Programming supports individual, family and community wellbeing through grants for childhood development, positive life choices, active living, community celebrations, facility upgrades, and volunteerism. The CIF's Physical Activity Grant Program, the Problem Gambling Prevention Program and the Community Vitality Program will end on March 31, 2014. Application deadlines:  April 1 and October 1 for Annual Grants. Summer Grant deadline:  February 1.  More.

Community Grant Program:  This program is broadened to include community support for active living, healthy growth and development of children and youth; individual, family and community wellbeing; supportive and inclusive communities; and community engagement and capacity building that includes cultural or centennial milestone celebrations.  More

Community Places and Spaces Program.  This program offers grants in support of community facility upgrades, retrofits, and related work to increase use and accessibility of community facilities. Facilities may include rinks, halls, arenas, playgrounds, ball diamonds, parks, and other areas or facilities. More



Resource Highlights

Celebrate National Volunteer Week!   April 6-12, 2014 is National Volunteer Week, time to recognize and celebrate volunteer dedication and efforts in your community and support Saskatchewan's strong reputation of volunteer leadership across Canada. Volunteer Canada'sCampaign Kit has downloadable tools and resources for planning a National Volunteer Week (NVW) campaign. You can also call the Volunt-Hear Hotline to recognize and thank your volunteers through NVW's new online video. The online NVW gift store offers volunteer gift suggestions like notebooks, lenscloths, tote bags, posters, thank you cards and the Heart of Volunteering pin. Help celebrate volunteer recognition week. 

E-book on Nonprofit Leadership.  The Muttart Foundation is offering a free e-book about leadership in the charitable sector. This thoughtful and practical guide is solid value for those who are in, or aspiring to be in, charitable leadership roles.


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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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