Saskatchewan community needs remain fundamental to Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) programming. Changes in programming allow the CIF to more directly respond to the current needs of Saskatchewan communities.
The Community Grant Program has been broadened to include projects that support urban Aboriginal people and youth leadership as program priorities. Program directives are now more closely aligned with the wellbeing of children, youth, family and community, and for community inclusiveness and enagement.
The Community Vitality Program has been extended until March 31, 2014, providing two additional grant deadlines during 2013. Grants through this Program support small capital projects or events that enhance community pride, celebrate diversity or mark an anniversary.
Now, locally-led projects through the Physical Activity Grant Program are eligible, along with regional and provincial projects.
These grant opportunities lead to tangible benefits for Saskatchewan residents that include enhanced quality of life, vibrancy and sustainability.
Grants through CIF programs add to regular sources of revenue, leverage other funding partners and typically help communities finance time-limited, results-oriented charitable community projects.
Granting decisions are made by CIF's board members and are based on a transparent grant criteria review process, CIF's research, and advice from regional and local committees. This approach ensures CIF grants remain responsive to community priorities.
First Nations and Métis organizations may apply directly to the CIF or form partnerships to deliver off-reserve projects. Aboriginal inclusion and programs that support urban Aboriginals are priorities of CIF programming.
CIF is governed by a board of eight volunteers and funded by a portion of the Moose Jaw and Regina casino profits.
CIF research about Saskatchewan community life may help validate your community's project plans. For more information on Living in Saskatchewan: A Quality of Life Survey, click HERE or view slide-formatted regional reports HERE.