Enews May 2017

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 childhoold 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 *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.

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

Feature Story: RISE Program

The Resettlement Initiatives for Support and Empowerment (RISE) is a pilot program designed to help newcomer, immigrant, and refugee families become full participating members of Canadian society through the provision of free and uniquely designed settlement and integration programs and services. The program provides supports to participants and creates opportunities for empowerment. It is divided into two programming streams: Beyond 55 for seniors and the Bridging Program for women. 

The RISE project has increased the quality of life of newcomer, immigrant, and refugee seniors and women by enabling them to build social connections among themselves and various community services. Through weekly sessions the participants are provided the opportunity to come together, learn new skills and knowledge, and share their own experiences.

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

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Resources & Events:

 Screen Free Week 
“On average, preschool children spend over four and a half hours a day consuming screen media, while older children spend over seven hours a day including multitasking. Excessive screen time is linked to a number of problems for children, including childhood obesity, poor school performance, and problems with attention span.” On May 1-7 plan to unplug from digital entertainment and spend all that free time playing, daydreaming, creating, exploring and connecting with family and friends! Read more.

Luther College Catering & Conference Services 
Luther College is an affordable alternative for organizations looking for an all-in-one and hassle-free option for any catering, meeting or conference needs. They have over 20 years of experience working with not-for-profit organizations, and understand the want for a welcoming environment, delicious food, and excellent service. For any questions or to book your next event, contact Rhonda Litzenberger, Manager of Residence & Conference Services, at 306.585.5029. Read more

Volunteer Recognition Study 
Volunteer Canada and Investors Group have released a ground-breaking volunteer recognition study examining Canadians’ perceptions and attitudes on volunteering. The results revealed that community involvement is increasingly varied and diverse, and may not always fall into the traditional definition of volunteering. Read more

Volinspire is a Canadian community engagement platform that brings volunteers, community organizations and businesses together to build more caring communities. Read more

Saskatchewan After School Resources Portal 
Saskatchewan After School is your one-stop-shop for resources and information on providing quality children's programs. Spring is in the air, and the website has been updated with a number of resources that focus on Outdoor Play in children's programming. Read more

Led by five of the province's most prominent business support organizations, #TransformSK is about answering one question: What must we do to ensure Saskatchewan is the best place in the world to live, work, play, and invest, for generations to come? Read more

Common Threads: Weaving a Stronger Nonprofit Sector Conference
This is a one-day gathering co-hosted by the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) and the Saskatchewan Nonprofit Partnership (SNP) that will take place on June 9, 2017 at Luther College at the University of Regina.  Read more

Other Funding Sources:

 Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) Program (Deadline: May 26, 2017) 
The PLAY program partners with more than 85 First Nations communities and urban Aboriginal organizations across Canada to deliver safe, fun and educational programming for Aboriginal children and youth. Each uniquely tailored play-based program is designed to enhance educational outcomes, improve peer-to-peer relationships, increase employability and improve physical and mental health amongst Aboriginal children and youth. Read more

Youth Health Community Grant Program (Deadline: May 31, 2017) 
The Saskatchewan Prevention Institute's Youth Health Community Grant Program is accepting applications. The purpose of these grants is to provide funding for youth-engaged projects in Saskatchewan that focus on preventing alcohol-related harms and/or promoting sexual health education. Read more

SPRA Grants and Funding Opportunities Guide
The 2016-2017 SPRA Grants and Funding Opportunities Guide is a great starting point for both professionals and volunteers working within our sector looking for grants to support projects, programs or initiatives. SPRA recognizes that new grant opportunities arise from time to time and some of these opportunities are time sensitive. SPRA's Communications, Information and Research Division has access to exclusive funding directories which we can use to identify the latest grant opportunities. Read more

CIF Grant Tip: CIF Grant Requests Exceed Dollars Available

The Community Initiatives Fund is a Special Purpose Fund created by the Government of Saskatchewan through The Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation Act. CIF receives a portion of the net revenues from casinos Regina and Moose Jaw via the Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation and distributes those proceeds to support community-based projects throughout Saskatchewan. 

Since receiving a high of $11.2 million in 2008/2009, the CIF’s revenues have steadily declined, averaging $9.1 million per year over the past 5 years. Our revenues are expected to continue to remain flat, if not further decline, in the foreseeable future reflecting gaming trends across North America. 

During the past three years we have seen a 21% increase in the number of applications to the Community Grant Program, with 165 more applications in 2016/2017 than the previous year requesting over $14 million. Based on the number of applications received at the April 1 2017 deadline we expect this trend to continue. Faced with these challenges there is a lesser likelihood of applications being approved including for programs that have received funding from the CIF in the past. Amounts approved may also be less than the amount requested and will be based on how closely the project meets grant criteria, eligible expenses, and consideration for providing support across the province. 

CIF’s Board is currently reviewing the current Community Grant Program objectives and priorities. Applicants are encouraged to visit www.cifsask.org to learn about updates to the guidelines as they become available. Before completing your grant application, you are strongly encouraged to read the guidelines to ensure your expenses are eligible.

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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