Enews October 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: October 1 & April 1. 

Feature Story: Seniors Community Events Coordinator;
Northern Village of Buffalo Narrows

The Seniors Community Events Coordinator, partially funded by a grant from the Community Initiatives Fund, organizes events and activities for all elders/seniors in the Buffalo Narrows community. This program is vital for the community as it engages seniors in activities outside of their homes and encourages them to participate in the community. 

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

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Resources & Events:

Resource Roundup: Human Resources
Every month, the CIF features a new Resource Roundup PDF on a specific topic. October's Resource Roundup is on Human Resources! Find resources designed to help managers, employees & board members better understand & manage matters relating to HR from a variety of sources including the HR Council. Click here.

Win $250-500 for your Community Organization! 
Host or initiate a minimum of 2 Real Food projects or events between October 1, 2016 and May 1, 2017. The goal of the program is to make healthy food choices the easy choice and more accessible in our food environments. To register or for more information: Click here.

Call for Events for Saskatchewan Multicultural Week, November 19-29 
MCoS invites you to hold events of all types during Multicultural week centered around the five streams of multicultural work: cultural continuity, celebration of diversity, anti-racism, intercultural connections and integration. Click here

IAVE’s Handbook on Youth, Volunteering and Employment 
The International Association for Volunteer Effort has introduced a new handbook on youth volunteering and employment. This handbook is a resource to inform and educate youth volunteers, organizations that engage youth volunteers, and corporations, of the added value and skills youth obtain from volunteering. It serves to highlight the importance of youth volunteering as a way to learn skills, increase a young persons’ network of contacts, and encourage youth to gain real-life perspectives. Click here

CRA’s Online Consultation on Charities' Political Activities 
The CRA will collaborate with the Department of Finance to engage with charities to clarify the rules governing political activities. The online consultations are now open. The online consultations are the first step in a broader engagement process, and are open to all Canadians, including charities. CRA encourages you to visit their website and submit your feedback before November 25, 2016. All feedback received will be fully considered in policy development efforts, including the development of updated guidance or educational resources for charities on the rules governing political activities. Click here

Other Funding Sources:

First Nation Member’s Recreation Grant (Deadline: October 31, 2016) 
The 2016 SPRA First Nation Member's Recreation Grant assists First Nation members to develop recreation opportunities in the First Nation communities within Saskatchewan. Click here

Connecting for Canada’s 150th (Deadline: Nov 1, 2016) 
Connecting for Canada’s 150th is a unique series of grants to support Canada 150-related initiatives organized by postsecondary institutions and scholars. These events or outreach activities should mark or celebrate this historic anniversary, enhancing understanding of the social, cultural, technological, environmental and economic issues we face at 150. Click here

Forever...in motion Grant (Deadline: Nov 15, 2016) 
The 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: Grant Review Process

The following process will occur within 2.5 months of the application deadline:


  1. The grant application is received. 

  2. The CIF Grants Administrator reviews all applications to confirm basic eligibility requirements are met and the application is complete. Applicants may be contacted by the CIF Grants Administrator to provide clarification or further detail on their budget or proposed project. 

  3. Eligible applications are forwarded to the relevant Adjudication Committee, based on the location and/or type of project. The CIF's Adjudication Committees are composed of volunteers from across the province with a range of knowledge and experience relevant to the CIF's funding objectives. Adjudication committees are responsible for reviewing applications and making grant recommendations to the CIF Board. 

  4. Recommendations from the Adjudication Committees are forwarded to the CIF Board for final consideration and approval. 

  5. Applicants receive written notification of the outcomes of their funding requests within 2.5 months of the application deadline. 

Funding recommendations are based on a competitive, merit-based process. CIF program funding is limited, and not every eligible application may receive funding. The amount approved for each project may be less than the amount requested and is based on how closely the project meets grant criteria, eligible expenses, the number of requests received, and consideration for providing support across the province. If awarded a grant, you will be required to sign and return a funding agreement. Alternatively, your application may be declined or you may be asked to provide more information and reapply. You may appeal a decision by sending a written request to the CIF Board within 60 days of notification.

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

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