Enews September 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: October 1, 2017

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

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

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.

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

 Are you a Saskatchewan Nonprofit? Make your voice count! 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.

Please share this survey with your networks and through Facebook and Twitter!

Feature Story: 2017 P.A.R.T.Y Program, Safe Communities Humboldt & Area

 The P.A.R.T.Y. (Prevent Alcohol & Risk Related Trauma in Youth) Program Day is a full day session where students follow the paths of injury survivors and meet professionals involved in trauma situations. Paramedics, RCMP, Therapists, Emergency Room Nurses, and Addictions Counselors assist students in experiencing the difficult journey of a trauma patient. Students have hands-on experience with the equipment used in trauma care and rehabilitation. They have the opportunity to witness a mock crash scene and learn about the harsh realities of not only sustaining an injury but other potential consequences of being involved in a vehicle crash. They also visit a local funeral home and morgue and hear from a coroner. To end the day, injury and trauma survivors share with students their own personal experiences as they describe their lives, before and after the injury and trauma. 

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

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Resources & Events:

 Leap Registration Dates 
The deadline to register for SARC’s Leap program is Friday, September 8. If you’re interested in registering for individual Leap sessions, you can do so starting on Friday, September 1. Learn more about this management skills development program and the variety of sessions available, including topics in human resources, communications, and labour relations. Read more

Community Foundations Get Ready for Vital Signs Week in October 
38 community foundations across Canada are getting set for this year’s Vital Signs week taking place October 2-6. Over five days, foundations will launch local reports and host conversations about the well-being and sustainability of their communities. Community Foundations of Canada will also wrap up a three-part series on belonging this October with the release of its 2017 national Vital Signs report. Looking at the “systems” that influence belonging in our communities, the report will highlight a different area of focus each day during Vital Signs week. Further readings include Tracking Vital Signs for the Communal and Global Good and Vital Signs and the Sustainable Development Goals

UAKN Research Podcast Series 
The Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network has decided to launch a podcast series to highlight community driven research in the form of storytelling. The goal of these podcasts is to provide an in-depth perspective on how community driven research occurs on the ground and the importance that relationships and partnerships play in this process. These projects are creating community impacts on the ground while also providing policy recommendations that aim to further contribute to a better life for urban Aboriginal peoples in Canada. Read more

Re-focus, Re-group & Review – How to Prepare the Board for a Busy Fall 
Coming back from summer always feels like a fresh start. Optimize this renewed energy with the Board of Directors by having a strong plan in place for the busy months ahead.  Start the fall off right, by focusing on Board development. Keep the “3 R’s” in mind – Re-focus, Re-group, Review, when getting going. Read more

Connecting with Nature 
This collection from the Leisure Information Network looks at various ways to connect with nature, whether through school programs, municipal strategies, conservation efforts, and more, as well as the many benefits of nature connection, such as economic, social, health, ecological and others. Read more

Welcoming and Inclusive Communities Toolkit 
The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS) is excited to announce that Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) has partnered with MCoS on the Welcoming and Inclusive Communities (WIC) initiative and endorsed the Welcoming and Inclusive Communities (WIC) Toolkit as a “strong tool for Saskatchewan hometowns to move forward” (SUMA Statement). The WIC toolkit boasts a Saskatchewan perspective and multiple success stories taken from bigger centres to smaller municipalities in the province. Read more

My Cat Makes Me Happy: What Canada’s Youth Told Us About Their Well-being 
A new UNICEF Canada report highlights what Canada’s youth consider critical to their well-being. Among the insights, holistic health and a sense of belonging top the list. In My Cat Makes Me Happy, UNICEF Canada outlines the findings of workshops held across Canada to learn directly from youth what well-being means to them, and to gain a better sense about what it’s like to grow up in Canada. Read more


Other Funding Sources:  

 SaskFestivals (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 Pathways Initiative (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


CIF Grant Tip: Grant Application Checklist

CIF’s next grant deadline is coming up on October 1, 2017. We put together a checklist of things to remember as you fill out your application. 

Guidelines. You are strongly encouraged to read the guidelines before completing your application. You can find the guidelines as well as the Application Guide and Sample Application to help you through the grant writing process here

Online Application. We accept online applications only. The online application allows you to save work as you go so you can come back to your application as many times as you need before submitting. Be sure to click 'submit' when you finished completing your application.

Deadline. Our next application deadline is October 1, 2017. Be sure to start your application early and submit it with ample time to ensure there are no technology snags – they do happen! 

Contact Information. Be sure your contact information is correct. We may need to contact you for additional information about your grant, and will be informing you if your application has been successful by using the contact information you provide. 

Executive Summary. The executive summary is the first section that will be read in a grant proposal. The summary should explain the community problem and your proposed solution. Ensure you express the need of your program and the results you aim to achieve. Although it is listed at the beginning of your application, consider completing the summary last, as the summary provides the overview of the entire grant proposal. The summary of your proposed project must be clear and concise. You may also include a short description of your organization, but keep in mind CIF’s maximum word count of 500 words. Once you have completed the summary, be sure to do the Litmus Test by asking yourself: “if a person read only this description, would they be able to understand the entire intent and scope of the project?” 

Budget. The budget in your application is no different than any budget in that it needs to balance! When completing the budget in your CIF application form, please make sure that the total Grant Request amount matches the CIF Total Expenses Budget amount. Make sure your project’s expenses do not start until after December 1, 2017. It is important that you include the CIF grant when you are listing both potential and confirmed revenue sources for your project. When listing estimated Project Expenses, make sure that you provide a brief explanation of what it is that you are requesting funding for. For example, for Staff Salaries, make sure to tell us what staff you are requesting funding for. Furthermore, for Project Supplies, list what you are planning on purchasing (e.g., sports equipment, craft supplies, etc.). 

Overhead Expenses. A maximum of 20% of your CIF grant can go toward overhead expenses. Keep in mind, the final percent (up to 20%) for overhead expenses is determined based on the final grant approved. Overhead is defined as: supervision, accounting fees, administration, insurance, rent, repairs, office supplies, telephone, utilities, and fundraising expenses – those expenses generally incurred by an organization to maintain operations. You must include your request for overhead expense funding in the budget section of your grant application form. Claiming overhead is optional for applicants. Invoices or receipts for overhead costs are notrequired to claim overhead expenses. 

In-Kind Goods or Services. In-kind support indicates that there is community support for your project, so this is an important part of your application. In-kind goods and services are contributions that other organizations or businesses in your community are providing free of charge or at a reduced rate to your project. This could include project supplies, professional services, facility and equipment rentals, etc. Please note that in-kind contributions are listed here and not in the budget. If any in-kind goods or services will be contributed to your project, select ‘Yes’ to this question and provide the name of the person, company or organization, a brief description of their contribution, and its value. If volunteers will be involved in your project, indicate the number of people that will be volunteering, and a brief description of how they will be involved. 

If you have any questions while you are completing your application, please refer to the Guidelines, Application Guide, and Sample Application here. If these documents do 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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