Enews November 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, and Aboriginal inclusion.

Next Application Deadline: February 1, 2018

Thinking of applying to our Community Grant Program Summer Grants? The next deadline is midnight February 1. Please refer to the guidelines before applying.

Summer Grants: 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.

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

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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 details and application form here

To apply, send your completed application form to mleisle@cifsask.org by Dec 1, 2017. 

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

Feature Story: Reno Rascals After School Program

The CIF’s funding support has enabled Reno Rascals Early Learning and Child Care in Consul to reflect upon and enhance their after school programming for school-aged children. Through the assistance of community volunteers they were able to offer a variety of new monthly projects, activities, and learning experiences which sparked a renewed interest for the children to participate. Children had fun learning new skills including Christmas cookie baking and decorating, preparing healthy and nutritious snacks, building with clay, gardening (including seeding, transplanting, making a wicking bed and hoop house), yoga, gymnastics, and soccer. More activities will be offered in the upcoming months!

“The enhanced after school program supports our young families and their school-age children within the community and surrounding area of Consul,” shared Jean Wenaas, Director. “Parents can be at ease while they are working or away from home knowing that their children are safe, willing, and happily participating in our after school program.”

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

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Resources & Events:

 Saskatchewan Multicultural Week 
Saskatchewan Multicultural Week takes place November 18 - 26. This year’s theme and campaign is once again “Who’s Your Multicultural Superhero? and it runs from November 1-30. You are invited to help celebrate by sharing who your multicultural superhero is and why. Every year MCoS provides a resource called 'Building Welcoming Communities' that provides ideas, related to the campaign theme, on how to make your community more welcoming and inclusive. You can access previous versions until they reveal this year's resource. Read more

2017 Saskatchewan GSA Summit 
OUTSaskatoon and fYrefly in Schools are excited to host the second annual Saskatchewan Gay-Straight Alliance Summit. This event, to be held November 18, will be an exciting opportunity for students and advisors from across the province to come together, meet one another, and develop new skills that will make their GSAs successful, strategic, sustainable, and more inclusive! Read more

Research Study on the Leadership of Nonprofit Boards
The Alliance’s Governance Affinity Group is looking for current nonprofit board chairs, vice chairs, other officers and committee chairs to complete this 15-minute survey. Participants who complete the survey will receive a copy of the report. Please distribute this widely to your board, your clients, or others that are serving in these roles. Read more

Not-For-Profit Compensation Study 
The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC), along with Mercer Canada, is conducting a National Compensation Study for Management and Administration in Not-for-Profit Arts Organizations, in order to update information critical to recruitment, retention and human resource planning in the cultural sector. Over 2,000 organizations in the sector will be invited to participate in the research but the survey will also be available on CHRC's website. Read more

Attracting, Motivating & Retaining Volunteers in Today’s Landscape 
The competition to attract devoted, well-connected and passionate volunteers is fierce. Over the past 10 years, charities have searched for ways to secure the time, commitment and connections of key volunteers. Patti Lauzon, Director of Alumni Affairs and Donor Communications, University of Windsor shares 10 tips to bring a volunteer program out of the dark ages and into the light. Read more

Sask Resources Available: Animal Safekeeping 
The Saskatchewan SPCA has released two brochures to provide information for individuals and service providers to help with animal safekeeping. What You Need to Know About the Link is targeted to people who may be experiencing violence, the link to animal abuse and advice to create a safety plan if you have pets. Also available is a Resource Guide for Human Services Professionals: Understanding the LINK between Animal Abuse and Domestic Violence. Print copies are available by contacting leanne@sspca.ca. 


Other Funding Sources:  

Student Wellbeing for Systems Change Fund (Deadline: November 17, 2017)
The Student Wellbeing for Systems Change Fund is a new granting opportunity from the McConnell Foundation. School districts, groups of schools, and organizations working within the education system are invited to apply for projects dedicated to both improving student social and emotional wellbeing and addressing barriers to longer-term, deeper impact. Read more.

Community Investment Grant Program
The City of Regina’s program supports non-profit organizations to deliver programming, projects and services that improve the quality of life for residents. Funding is available under three streams with application deadlines as follows: Social development: Feb 6, 2018 | Sport & recreation: Feb 14, 2018 | Culture: Feb 22, 2018. Read more

Public Art Stimulus Partnership Fund in Prince Albert (Deadline: March 15, 2018)
The City of Prince Albert invites applications to its new Public Art Stimulus Partnership Fund. The purpose of the fund is to have an allocation of funds to support one to two partnership project(s) per year that can assist a Prince Albert professional arts organization, or a business or non-profit organization partnering with a professional artist, to complete a public art project. Read more

CIF Grant Tip: 
Tips when Considering an External Fundraiser or Grantwriter

As non-profit organizations continue to evolve and change, many seek the assistance of external fundraisers and grantwriters. While CIF dollars cannot be used for these expenses, organizations are free to contract others to assist with their CIF grant applications. Here are a few tips to keep in mind if your organization is considering contracting the services of an external fundraiser or grantwriter: 

Be clear about the fees you are paying the contractor before any work is done. Ensure that this information is in writing and signed by both sides. 

Fundraisers or grantwriter should not be paid commission. Commissions or percentage based fees can impact the trust of donors and grantors, and create an environment for self-gain instead of achieving the vision of the organization. Standards set out by both Imagine Canada and Canadian Fundraising Executive International do not allow for commissions. Doing so may affect an organization’s charity status with the Canada Revenue Agency. 

Be clear on details like your involvement, timelines, and risks. Contracting a fundraiser or grantwriter may not lighten your workload, and results will likely not be immediate. The fundraiser or grantwriter should be open and honest about what will be required from your organization, and about the risks if things don’t go according to plan. 

Get references from other organizations the contractor has worked with. A track record of satisfied clients will help you to know who you are doing business with. 

Ensure a free flow of information between both of you. Your contractor will need to be an effective storyteller to solicit grants and donations, which means they will need the right information from your organization to do so. 

Review and approve all grant applications, donation letters, and other communications the fundraiser or grantwriter is submitting on your behalf. 

For more information, check out the following articles: 


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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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