Enews November 2015

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Nov 2015

Is the Community 
Initiatives Fund in 
 your community yet? 


The CIF supports 
community projects that 
enhance the quality of life 
 for children, youth, & adults 
of all ages. Projects may
involve early childhood 
development, youth 
programming, volunteer
 leadership, physical activity, 
 Aboriginal inclusion, facility 
upgrades or renovations,
 and community celebrations.

 In this e-update:
  - Next CIF Deadline: February 1, 2016
  - Call for Adjudication Committee Members!
  - CIF Feature Story: La Troupe du Jour 

  - Resources:

  • Vital Signs: Annual Report on the QoL in Regina
  • Belonging: Exploring Connections to Community 
  • Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement
  • GivingTuesday: National Movement
  - Other Funding Sources:
  • 2016 Celebrate Canada Funding
  • Young Professional Stewardship Grant
  • The Museum Grant Program
  • Girls' Fund Grants
  -  CIF Grant Tip: The Final Report















Next Application Deadline: FEBRUARY 1, 2016

Don't Miss it!

Thinking of applying to our Community Grant Program Summer GrantThe next deadline is midnight February 1st. 

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. 

Community Places & Spaces Program: Offers grants for small capital projects and upgrades to multi-use community facilities. Final Deadline: October 1, 2016.


 The Community Initiatives Fund 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 to our Community Grant Program and making grant recommendations to the CIF Board of Directors.

  • Please find the call for interest details here: PDF
  • Please find the application form here: PDF Word

To apply, send your completed application form to mleisle@cifsask.org by December 4, 2015.

If you have any questions about the committee application process or adjudication requirements, contact Matt Leisle at 306.780.9397 or mleisle@cifsask.org.  

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Links not working? Head to the Home Page of our website: www.cifsask.org.

Feature Story: 30th Anniversary of La Troupe du Jour!

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, La Troupe du Jour (LTDJ) wishes to create a season with major productions, to highlight its anniversary and provide exposure for many Saskatchewan artists. The project is composed of LTDJ's three productions: Entre plaine et savane by a Saskatchewan collective, Les belles-soeurs by Michel Tremblay and Le reflet de notre lune dansera by David Granger. 

The productions of LTDJ benefit the community at large by offering presentations across the province, building bridges between ethno-cultural groups, involving people from the community, and offering the show to as many people as possible, by offering English surtitles. The groups targeted include: African community, specifically those who ltdj quote.pngimmigrated from French-speaking countries; friends and family members of the community actors, those who don't necessarily come to the theatre; and young adults, to reach out to younger audiences.

Entre plaine et savane (took place on) Jul 11 - Aug 1, 2015
Le reflet de notre lune dansera 
- Jan 28, 2016 - Feb 7, 2016
Les belles-soeurs 
- March 2, 2016 - March 6, 2016

"This project is a lot about creating bonds" says the LTDJ Team. "Bonds between ethno-cultural groups, between past and present, between professionals and amateurs, and between our theatre company and the general public. It's about providing exposure for our Fransaskois artists and bringing performing arts to people who don't normally come to see live theatre. These bonds help bring joy, fun, learning, and entertainment to communities. These bonds help build community within the communities." 

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From left to right: Idayatu Bello, Sam Mitchell and Alexis Normand in the play Entre plaine et savane (from the Plains to the Savanah), Idayatu tells the African tale "La Cruche" (the pitcher/clay pot), Sam does drawings to illustrate the story, Alexis provides accompaniment on the guitar.  Photo Credit: Pamela Jaton

Visit the LTDJ website here! 

View this Feature Story PDF here!


 Vital Signs: Annual Report on the Quality of Life in Regina - The South Saskatchewan Community Foundation is pleased to launch its second annual Vital Signs 2015 report for the Regina Community. Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by community foundations to measure the vitality of communities across Canada. It gathers and publishes data on significant social and economic trends and assigns grades in areas critical to quality of life. 

Belonging: Exploring Connections to Community - This national Vital Signs report looks back over the past 50 years at our sense of belonging and where we as communities and a country are going next leading up to Canada's sesquicentennial in 2017 and beyond.

Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement 
- Volunteer Canada created the CCVI to support organizations that engage volunteers. The CCVI is a framework for involving volunteers in all levels of an organization. This includes volunteers working in leadership, direct services and virtual roles.

GivingTuesday - GivingTuesday is a new National movement happening December 1 dedicated to giving and generosity. After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, imagine a day dedicated to giving back, around the world, across Canada, and in your own community. Just as Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season, GivingTuesday is the opening day of the giving season. Watch the video here.   

Other Funding Sources:

 2016 Celebrate Canada Funding - Deadline: Nov 16, 2015
The Department of Canadian Heritage provides financial support for activities delivered during the Celebrate Canada period, from June 21 to July 1.

Young Professional Stewardship Grant - Deadline: Nov 30, 2015
This grant was developed to promote future work to achieve success with prairie conservation and endangered species management. It is for professional or aspiring conservationists between the ages of 18-30 who live and/or work in Alberta, Saskatchewan, or Manitoba.  

The Museum Grant Program - Deadline: Nov 30, 2015 
SaskCulture's Museum Grant Program provides three streams of operational support to qualifying museums throughout the province. 

Girls' Fund Grants - Deadline: Dec 2, 2015 
The Canadian Women's Foundation is pleased to announce they are now accepting proposals for Girls' Fund Grants for 2016-2020. The Girls' Fund Grants are intended to support community programs or networks designed to increase protective factors in girls aged 9 to 13 - such as confidence, critical thinking skills, social connectedness, and overall resilience. 

CIF Grant Tip Presents: The Final Report
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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. Furthermore, 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 the 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. 

Click here for our final report form. 

Have other questions about our grants? Drop us a line at admin@cifsask.org.

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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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