Enews Nov 2016

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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: February 1, 2017

Thinking of applying to our Community Grant Program Summer Grant? The next deadline is midnight February1st. Please refer to the guidelines before applying.

Summer Grant: Support activities for children and youth that occur between May 1 & August 31. Annual Deadline: February 1.

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

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CIF is inviting applications from individuals throughout Saskatchewan who are interested in serving on one of our four Adjudication Committees! The Adjudication Committees will be responsible for reviewing applications from our Community Grant Program and making grant recommendations to the CIF Board of Directors. 

     - Find the details here
     - Find the application here

To apply, send your completed application form to mleisle@cifsask.org by December 2, 2016. If you have any questions about the application process or adjudication requirements, contact Matt Leisle at 306.780.9397 or mleisle@cifsask.org.

Feature Story: Northern Partnership for Inclusion

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“We are working closely with partners in each community to find efficiencies, to smooth out jurisdictional barriers, to bridge the gaps in knowledge, and to develop locally based solutions for individuals with intellectual disabilities” says Dickson.

The Saskatchewan Association for Community Living has implemented Northern Partnership for Inclusion (NPI) to build a case for better supports and services for individuals with intellectual disabilities in Northern Saskatchewan. Currently NPI is operating in La Ronge, Creighton, Pinehouse and Onion Lake. 

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

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Resources & Events:

Resource Roundup: Continuity Planning
Every month, the CIF features a new Resource Roundup PDF on a specific topic. This month's topic is on Continuity Planning. A service continuity plan allows organizations to maintain their critical services in the event of a crisis. It’s best to plan these strategies in advance, not under the stress of a disaster. Click here

CIF's Community Perspectives Survey Summary
Early in 2016, CIF undertook a Community Perspectives Survey asking for your feedback and input into CIF’s grant program priorities and administration. We received 543 responses! The information presented in this summary consists of responses from the respondents who took part in this survey. Our Board wishes to thank everyone who took the time to complete the survey. Your comments provided a wealth of information that will inform our planning over the coming year as we strive to remain responsive to community priorities. Click here

SARC’s new Board development program ELEVATE is an online program specifically designed for new and experienced Boards of Directors in the nonprofit sector. This comprehensive program provides information on governance best practices in a number of key areas including legal and financial responsibilities. It also includes a wealth of resources ranging from sample policies and templates to helpful checklists that can be customized to fit your organization’s specific needs. The program is flexible and can be accessed at any time to best suit your Board’s schedule. For more information visit SARC’s Learning Central website. Click here. 

2017 Go Out & Play Challenge 
Registration is now OPEN for the 2017 Go Out & Play Challenge powered by Saskatchewan Blue Cross. This year's challenge runs March 1-10, 2017. Inspire children, youth and families in your community to Go Outside and Play! Get your community active and log their physical activity minutes for a chance to win $10,000 towards your active outdoor project. Register today! 

Let's Make Saskatchewan the Most Playful Province! 
In celebration of Canada's 150th birthday, Saskatchewan in motion is teaming up with Sask Sport, Ministry for Parks, Culture & Sport, Saskatchewan Parks & Recreation Association (SPRA), and the Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) to get Saskatchewanians moving with the ParticipACTION 150 Play List. Canada's 150th birthday is an opportunity to celebrate all that makes us Canadian, and being physically active is an essential part of that collective identity. The ParticipACTION 150 Play List is the ultimate list of 150 physical activities that make us Canadian. The top 150 activities will be selected by Canadians, and Canadians will be encouraged to participate in as many of the 150 activities as possible in 2017! Vote now! 

Launch of the Framework for Recreation in Canada 
The Canadian Parks and Recreation Association recently announced the launch of the Framework for Recreation in Canada 2015 Implementation Portal. This portal is home to resources that support implementation of the Framework within your organization, including key messages, a FAQ section, tools and templates, news about the implementation and special resource collections. The portal also provides an opportunity for you to share your Framework implementation plans and best practices with colleagues across the country. Click here. 

Regina Area’s Third Annual Vital Signs Report 
The annual Vital Signs reports promote awareness of community issues and are used by communities for social planning, by citizens and philanthropists to identify community needs and strengths, and by community foundations to inform their grantmaking and leadership activities. Click here.  

Other Funding Sources: 

Forever...in motion Grant (Deadline: Nov 15, 2016) 
SPRA's Forever...in motion Grant supports communities in the development, implementation and/or delivery of a Forever…in motion program. Click here

SAYCW Healthy Schools and Communities Grant (Deadline: Nov 16, 2016) 
Do you have a great idea to improve health and well-being of youth in your school or community? The SAYCW Healthy Schools and Communities Grant is meant to positively impact youth health in Saskatchewan by supporting actions and initiatives at the school and/or community level. Click here

Museum Grant Program (Deadline: Nov 30) 
SaskCulture’s Museum Grant Program provides operational funding to help foster strong, vibrant, community-based SK museums that are valued and supported by society. This funding enables museums to focus on excellence in their programs and operations and to contribute to the understanding of the world and our place in it - our past, our present, and our future. Click here

Creative Kids (Deadline: Dec 2, 2016) 
Creative Kids provides funds for families with financial barriers so all children can participate in artistic and cultural activities. Creative Kids help children across the province take music, art, dance, drama, and cultural classes and have several application dates each year. Click here

2016 Community Rink Affordability Grant (Deadline: Dec 16, 2016) 
The Community Rink Affordability Grant is a program for communities in Saskatchewan to register their indoor Skating or Curling rinks for funding. Click here.

CIF Grant Tip: The Final Report

Grant recipients are required to submit a final report for all projects funded by CIF. The report is to be submitted within 60 days after the project end date, and must include copies of receipts, invoices, payroll records, etc. to verify project expenditures before the final payment representing 20% of the total grant will be released. Any unused CIF funds, or funds used for purposes other than that approved by CIF, must be returned to CIF. If the financial verification is not received with the final report then the file is considered to be open and future applications will not be considered until the grant file has been closed. 

We will accept an audited financial statement that includes a special section that clearly outlines the CIF grant and the project expenditures. Original documents and receipts must be kept by the grant recipient until the final report has been accepted by CIF. Sample forms for claiming honorariums and mileage for pick-up and delivery are sent with the approval letters that outlines the necessary information required. 

CIF may request proprietary information for verification purposes and will not release this information, except as required by law. Information will be securely stored for seven years, as required by The Personal Information Protection and Electronics Documents Act, and then destroyed. 

       FINAL REPORT for Community Grant Program 
       FINAL REPORT for Community Places and Spaces Program 

Your completed Final Report must be submitted by mail to: 
Community Initiatives Fund 
Rhonda Newton, Grants Administrator 
1870 Lorne Street 
Regina, SK S4P 2L7

Click here for the PDF of this month’s Grant Tip. 

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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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