CIF Grant Helps Create Great Lanigan Playground!

Posted by on Mon, Jul 01 2013

Recesses at Lanigan’s Elementary Now More Memorable!

Working long and tirelessly, five moms from the Lanigan Elementary School formed a Playground Fundraising Committee, determined to earn double-digit thousands for their school’s new playground. When other communities around them received grants for playground facilities from the Community Initiatives Fund (CIF), the path became clear. In April 2012, Lanigan Elementary School received a $20,000 grant from the CIF, setting the stage for a host of new playground equipment.

“My memories of school revert to recesses, the fun we all had playing on the swings and slides and monkey bars.” says Danielle Knudsen, chair of the Lanigan Elementary School Playground Committee. “So when our children’s playground no longer met standards and the one big slide had to be removed, we knew we had to do something!” 

Fundraising for Lanigan Elementary School’s new playground equipment involved young and old, the school and businesses, and included some innovative activities. 

“We sold raffle tickets for bikes donated by Centennial Ford in Watrous.” says Knudsen.  “We auctioned some great pies at Jansen Steakfry, hosted by Jansen Kinsmen. The school held a Skate-a-thon where parents and grandparents made pledges to the students. We also held a Ride a Ford event with the Watrous Centennial Ford dealership. Ford donated $20 to us (Lanigan Elementary School Playground Committee) each time someone test drove one of their vehicles. Centennial Ford also donated two bikes for raffle with tickets sold by school children.”

“When the Community Initiatives Fund gave us a $20,000 grant, that (grant) became the catalyst, and Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan donated the rest!” says Knudsen. “The new playground equipment was then installed before school opened last September, one whole year ahead of schedule!”

Lanigan Elementary School’s new playground was purchased from an equipment company from nearby Watson. This company’s representative supervised as volunteer community members placed and secured the new playground equipment.

This year about 130 children use the new playground at the Lanigan Elementary School, many returning in the evenings to add even a little more fun to their day.

Lanigan is 125 km (77 mi) southeast of Saskatoon.


Photo credit:  Danielle Knudsen

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Bullying Rebuked!

Posted by on Tue, Apr 30 2013

CIF Grant Supports Humboldt Anti-Bullying Workshop


Fourteen adults—all women—gathered in Humboldt April 23-24, 2013 with a strong, common interest:  to learn more about bullying and help prevent its existence in their respective communities.

The St. Dominic School Community Council, in partnership with the Canadian Red Cross, delivered a two-day workshop about bullying to school community council members from Humboldt and nearby communities. By completing the Beyond the Hurt Bullying Prevention workshop, these adults become informed and equipped with tools and techniques to help manage or dispel this aggressive and harmful behavior. Each person could also continue to educate parents and others about the impact of bullying and harassment, especially on youth, offering strategies to families to help reduce or eliminate bullying, violence and abuse. Earlier in the year, St. Dominic’s School Community Council formed an anti-bullying initiatives committee known as Building Bridges, making bullying a priority and a key focus.

The school council had previously attempted to conduct a similar workshop but found that training and the entry fee for participants was prohibitive for most other school community council members. But this year, after St. Dominic School Community Council received a grant from the Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) through the Community Grant Program, the bullying prevention workshop in Humboldt became both affordable and timely for other regional School Community Council members to take part.

“Many of those attending our (bullying prevention) workshop had first-hand experience with being bullied…or had suffered through the bullying of a family member.” says Shari Hinz, Building Bridges coordinator and past co-chair of St. Dominic School Community Council. “But all who attended held a deep-seated hunger to more fully understand the behavior, how it can perpetuate through generations, and how to dispel and manage its affects.”

“It is the aim of our School Community Council to foster a positive and nurturing environment, both in our school and into our community.” says Hinz.

Their extended community partners are intentional, as well. By working with other community groups and agencies like Safe Communities Humboldt and Area, the RCMP and PARTNERS Family Services, St. Dominic’s School Community Council strives to inform its entire community about bullying and harassment prevention and intervention. Another objective has been to inform participants of an upcoming youth facilitator training program about healthy and respectful interpersonal relationships.

“Once again the Community Initiatives Fund is investing in communities—through support of this (anti-bullying) training workshop and through the future information-sharing from each of those participat

ing in this workshop.” says Tracey Mann, executive director of the CIF. “Efforts like these substantially contribute to an enhanced quality of life in Saskatchewan communities.”

Humboldt is located about 50 minutes by vehicle east of Saskatoon. 

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No More Barriers: Yorkton's Family Programming and CIF

Posted by on Sat, Mar 30 2013

Community wellness programming has a new dynamic—with overwhelming participation that includes free childcare—through the Community, Family and Parent Skill Development Project (the Project) in Yorkton and because of a partnership group and the Community Initiatives Fund (CIF).

The Project, delivered through the Society for the Involvement of Good Neighbours (SIGN) in Yorkton, offers a host of life skills training including prenatal guidance, early literacy, teen wellness and family support systems for Yorkton and area residents.

The project was conceived through the Intensive Integrated Services Program and funded by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services in 2011. SIGN and its many working partners then began its development. These working partners included two school divisions, in-home support programming officials, daycares, Regional Kids First, Sunrise Health Region, the Ministry of Social Services and the Ministry of Education, and others.

SIGN is affiliated with many partners. These partners include Family Support, Youth Life Skills, Sexual Assault, Regional Kids First, Intensive Integrated Services and Community Support programs in the Yorkton and Kamsack areas. Project delivery through the Intensive Integrated Services Program offers delivery that involves four key components:

  • Teen Wellness Program, offering youth life skills programming to girls 12 to 18 years of age. The focus is on building self-esteem, broadening horizons, and further access for support and wellness services.
  • Family Support and Youth Life Skills Program, encouraging parenting skills and promoting positive family behaviours.
  • Prenatal Caring Circle, a prenatal family literacy program to promote family literacy and nurture bonding and wellbeing before and after birth. Expectant mothers are encouraged to create a network of family, friends, and professionals for support throughout pregnancy and after birth.
  • GroupTriple P Program, offering support and education for parenting and guidance on family functioning, efficacy and self-sufficiency.

“With care not to duplicate existing community services, our Project is an opportunity for parents to meet and chat while they learned parenting skills and be provided with free childcare, making it easier for them to attend.” says Shelley Zoerb, manager of the Intensive Integrated Services Program with SIGN.  “This (family wellness) programming offered here is very much wanted—and needed—in our community.”

The CIF, through its Community Grant Program, provided a $13,000 grant for various aspects of Project delivery including project supplies, healthy snacks and even childcare services that help alleviate a barrier for attendance. 

“The enormous value of broad partnerships like this, involving programming, services and community group efforts, delivered in tandem for the benefit of individuals and families, cannot be overstated.” says Tracey Mann, executive director of the Community Initiatives Fund. “We (CIF) are pleased to have been a part of SIGN’s community wellness program delivery.”


Participants and facilitators of the Family Support Program

give rave reviews as they end their six months of Tuesday

evening meetings in Yorkton.  Photo credit:  SIGN.

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CIF Programs Update

Posted by on Fri, Mar 01 2013

March 2013

Featuring...CIF Programs Update.

We’re busy at the Community Initiatives Fund (CIF), streamlining our programs, broadening our delivery, and making it even easier for community leaders to make great projects happen. Charitable or nonprofit organizations, or community groups partnering with eligible organizations, may apply to any CIF program.

Here’s a snapshot of the programs, who to contact…and what to expect!


Projects involving youth leadership or urban Aboriginals are now priorities of ourCommunity Grant Program (CGP), complementing our support for the wellbeing of children, youth, families and community, and for community inclusiveness and engagement. This program's Summer Grant helps support summer camps and recreation programs.

The Community Vitality Program, now extended to March 2014, holds two more grant application options for small capital projects and community pride projects and events. 

The Physical Activity Grant Program offers grants that promote and support active living and physical activity at the local, regional and provincial levels. We know that more movement and an active community contribute to an overall healthy lifestyle.

Our Problem Gambling Prevention Program supports projects that inform and help prevent social harm associated with gambling addiction.




Application deadlines are:  April 1st and October 1st annually.The Community Grant Summer Program application deadline is February 1st. 

Want more detail?

Our website is always open!  Sign up for regular Enews bulletins or search out communities with recent CIF grants! Our Grants Administrator can guide, confirm, advise and inform about CIF programs and application process and our Communications person will assist you with CIF profile and recognition. 


Resource Highlights

Volunteer Canada recently announced the launch of its National Volunteer Week online gift store offering many affordable and meaningful gifts! From go-mugs to merchandise bags, posters to thank you cards and more, it's the perfect resource to help you thank your volunteers and celebrate National Volunteer Week.

The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) Convention will soon be here! Why not stop by our Community Initiatives Fund booth during SARM's Convention hours on March 11, 12 or 13, 2013 at Praireland Park in Saskatoon. 


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What's On the Line: CIF Supports Problem Gambling

Posted by on Wed, Jan 30 2013

Problem gambling prevention has long been the focus of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) in Saskatchewan. CMHA’s Problem Gambling Community Program helps inform, guide and facilitate an understanding of the challenges of problem gambling among Saskatchewan residents.

More recently CMHA has marked the success of its newest program, “What’s on the Line?”  This program is targeted at 18-24 year-olds, those with twice the gambling rate of the general population. Highly visible displays attract Saskatchewan’s post secondary students’ interest and encourage dialogue at campuses across the province. Interactive games such as Beat the House card game, Turn to Learn spinning wheel, and Cost of Play calculator are featured in these displays and teach students about “house advantage” and various other issues related to problem gambling. In a fun and engaging venue, outreach coordinators share their knowledge and often partner with responsible gaming specialists to enhance students’ experience.  

“We (Canadian Mental Health Association) are the most experienced outreach team responsible to help educate people about the potential risks associated with gambling”, says Shauna Altrogge, director of the Problem Gambling Community Program.  “For most people, gambling is fun and a social activity, but for others, gambling can quickly become a problem. What’s on the Line? helps us work with university students, those at significant risk of developing a problem.”

Although What’s on the Line? reaches 18-24 year-olds, CMHA has developed programs for a range of audiences and anyone may participate. All CMHA services are provided at no cost to residents.


The What’s On the Line? Team at  University of Regina . L-R:Rachel Clare, Abigail Anderson, David Jones, Shauna Altrogge.
Photo credit:  Canadian Mental Health Association.

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