Enews October 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, Aboriginal inclusion, and community celebrations.

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 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.

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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Saskatchewan Nonprofit Organizations Research Survey

Only a few days remaining! Participate in the Saskatchewan Nonprofit Organizations Research Survey to help gather baseline data about the size, scope, and contributions of the sector. The survey is intended to gather information to better understand and collectively communicate the scope and impact of our sector. Survey questions focus on human resources (paid and unpaid), financial, audiences served, and trends. This survey is being undertaken by Insightrix Research on behalf of the Saskatchewan Nonprofit Partnership. 

To receive the survey link, please contact Tasha.Moskal@insightrix.com or visit www.sasknonprofit.ca for more information.

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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: Aerobic Powwow Program

The Thomson Aerobic Powwow Program was offered weekly and focused on improving the cardiovascular health, balance, and strength of participants through teachings of the rigorous routines of powwow dance. Sessions were conducted by Terrance Littletent, a former world champion Hoop Dancer, who also educated participants on the regalia, meaning, and origin of traditional First Nation dances. 

This unique program increased the physical activity level of participants, promoted and encouraged a healthy lifestyle, provided access to free recreational programming, encouraged community participation, and educated participants on Aboriginal culture and identity.

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

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Resources & Events:

SARC Fall Conference 2017 – October 25-26 
Registration is open for the SARC Fall Conference in Saskatoon. Join SARC as they explore a variety of topics for nonprofit managers and Board Directors. Sessions include The Executive Director and Board Relationship; Mindfulness: Well-being and Effectiveness at Work; Conflict Resolution and How to Have Difficult Conversations; and more! To learn more about the conference or to register online, click here

The ELEVATE Experience – Redvers Activity Centre 
Learn how Redvers Activity Centre's ELEVATE experience has impacted their Board. With new and experienced Directors, the program has really helped to ensure everyone is on the same page. To watch the video click here. To learn more about ELEVATE, click here

Leading with Intent 2017 
BoardSource's biennial study has been released. Formerly known as the Nonprofit Governance Index, Leading with Intent takes an in-depth look at the current practices and trends of nonprofit boards. Read more

Oh, Canada: Nonprofit Professionals and Decolonization (Part 1) 

How can nonprofits support Reconciliation and decolonization? To further the discussion and support the process, Charity Village is pleased to present this interview with Jada-Gabrielle Pape (Saanich and Snuneymuxw Nations) and Katherine (Kat) Dodds, co-creators of Drawing Wisdom, a collaborative initiative of creative agency Hello Cool World. Also included in the interview is Ryann Miller, director of nonprofit services for Care2. Read more

Where Are We Now? Surveying the Field 2017 
In the spring of 2015, the SPRA conducted a province-wide survey to learn how parks and recreation affect the quality of life in Saskatchewan. Surveys of this kind have been conducted in provinces across Canada, however SPRA had no similar or recent data for Saskatchewan. New baseline data was needed to understand how people in Saskatchewan think about the sector and its impact on their way of life. Read more

Framework for Recreation in Canada 
SPRA would like to hear your feedback on the implementation of the Framework for Recreation in Canada in your communities and organizations. Please send them any success stories or best practices, and they will highlight them on their website and social media profiles. By sharing these examples, we can help each other to create sustainable, long-term solutions to the challenges facing the recreation sector in our province. Read more

Towards Quality Mental Health Services in Canada Report 
This new study compares mental health care across five provinces and has found that young people between 16 and 24 years old have more challenges than other age groups in getting mental health and addiction services. The study also finds that young people, especially between the ages of 15 and 19, have the highest rates of suicide attempts of any age group, with significantly higher rates in Manitoba. Read more


Other Funding Sources:  

SaskFestivals (Project Deadline: October 15, 2017) 
The SaskFestivals program supports and encourages eligible festival organizations in the province that have a positive impact on the arts in Saskatchewan. This includes financial support for their artistic programs and services and governance, management, administrative and operational functions. Read more

Indigenous/Metis Art and Artists (Deadline: October 15, 2017)
Independent Artists Projects support Indigenous artists to work independently on their own artistic/cultural practice, either in a traditional or contemporary art form. Community Projects support Indigenous artists and Traditional Knowledge Keepers/Elders to share their art, skills and teachings with their communities through activities such as workshops, gatherings or mentorships. Read more

The Orange Door Awards: Grants to Help End Youth Homelessness 
The Home Depot Canada Foundation is now accepting grant applications from registered Canadian charities for The Orange Door Awards programs that support the work of charitable organization dedicated to helping put an end to youth homeless in Canada. Read more.


CIF Grant Tip: Grant Review Process

 The following process will occur within 2 months of the application deadline: 


  1. The grant application is received. 

  2. The CIF Grants Administrator reviews all applications to confirm that 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 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. 

If you have any questions, visit the Review Process on our website. If this does not answer your question, please contact our Grants Administrator, Rhonda Newton, at 306.780.9308 or rnewton@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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