Welcome to the Community Initiatives Fund!
From our February and April 2015 deadlines, we announce 502 projects that are receiving $7,210,203 toward individual, family and community wellbeing among Saskatchewan people through the Community Grant and Community Places and Spaces programs (April 1st deadline) and through Summer Grants (February 1st deadline). Congratulations to all Saskatchewan community grant recipients!
Community Places and Spaces Program Extended!
The CIF is excited to announce the extension of the popular Community Places and Spaces Program! Targeted to end March 31, 2016 the program will now end March 31, 2017. This means 2 application deadlines remain: October 1, 2015 and October 1, 2016. The program supports small capital renovations that improve the quality, sustainability, and long-term use of multi-purpose community facilities such as halls, recreation facilities, and playgrounds. Apply here!
The CIF Supports Unique Strategic Initiatives!
In addition to our traditional grants the CIF will sometimes identify and support particular initiatives that involve and benefit a large number of partners, organizations, communities, or participants as well as demonstrate strong alignment with CIF’s mission, strategic directions, values, funding objectives and priorities. Some of the Strategic Initiative projects that the CIF recently funded include:
CMHA Saskatchewan Branch’s Gambling Awareness Program (CMHA GAP) - Awarded $432,695
CMHA’s Gambling Awareness Program delivers community based prevention and education initiatives to strengthen the capacity of individuals and communities in Saskatchewan to gamble responsibly and to identify and respond to gambling problems. Learn more about CMHA’s Gambling Awareness Program here!
Mind, Exercise, Nutrition… Do IT! (MEND) - Awarded $750,000
MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition… Do It!) programs focus on the prevention, and early intervention of childhood overweight and obesity among children aged 2-13 and their families. Each MEND program is based on evidential research and employs a multi-faceted approach that is community and family-centered, utilizing existing and trusted social infrastructures within communities for its delivery. The programs are provided free of charge through the support of partners and donors. Learn more about MEND here!
Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) - Awarded $209,888
The Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) is an interdisciplinary, community-university collaborative, comprising students, the voluntary sector and faculty/staff administered out of the VSSN office at Luther College at the University of Regina. VSSN’s main purpose is to develop a more direct and visible route for graduating students to enter careers in the sector through the creation of a certificate program, thus supporting the vitality of the sector and ultimately the well-being of Saskatchewan communities. Learn more about the VSSN here!
We welcome your community's involvement in the Community Initiatives Fund!