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September 2019

CIF Community Grant Program Deadlines

Annual Grants - April 1 & Oct 1
Annual Grants support programs and projects that enhance the healthy growth and development of children and youth, individual and community wellbeing, and/or nonprofit and community leadership. Annual grants support programs that are no more than 12 months in length and are not summer programs. Programs may be offered continuously throughout the year, may be for a defined time period (e.g., an 8 week program), or may be short-term projects such as a one-day training session.
Summer Grants - February 1
Summer Grants 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. Summer grants are not intended to support adult programs that occur during the summer, events, or the summer portion of annual programs.
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Free Online Volunteer Recruitment Platform

We have partnered with the Saskatchewan Nonprofit Partnership and are excited to offer VolunteerConnector – a new-to-Saskatchewan free online volunteer recruitment platform. VolunteerConnector is free to use and allows nonprofits to post unlimited volunteer opportunities anywhere in Saskatchewan! It takes two minutes to set up your VolunteerConnector profile.

We need your help spreading the word about this awesome platform! First, we need to spread the awareness that this platform exists and have nonprofits add their volunteer opportunities to the platform. Once we have nonprofits posting their volunteer opportunities, we will share VolunteerConnector far and wide across Saskatchewan, so eager volunteers can find the right opportunities for them.

Take two minutes to set up your VolunteerConnector profile here

Grant Tip: Outstanding Grants

With the October 1 deadline quickly approaching, you will want to ensure your organization is in good standing with CIF. This means that you have no outstanding reports or re-payments from previous grants. The final report is an essential part of the grant process and grant recipients are required to submit a final report for each CIF funded project. This lets CIF know the successes you have achieved through your program, accounts for the dollars you spent, and can be an opportunity for your organization to reflect on the project.

You have 60 days from the completion of your project to submit your final report and supporting documentation. If you do not submit your report by the deadline, you will not be able to apply for any future CIF grants until the report is received. The final grant payment of 20% (or adjusted amount based on actual expenses) will be released when the CIF Grants Administrator has confirmed that all funding and reporting requirements have been met following completion of your project. 

For a grant awarded before April 1, 2018 complete and submit the final report document found here. For grants awarded after April 1, 2018 you will be able to access, complete, and submit the final report through your CIF online account by signing into https://cifsask.fluxx.io and checking under 'reports' which can be found near the bottom of the left-hand menu.

If you have any questions regarding outstanding grants or final reports, please contact our Grants Administrator at 306.780.9308 or rnewton@cifsask.org.

View CIF's Grant Guidelines
“The project is community inclusive with the goal of increasing food knowledge through land-based education. The garden is a safe and positive environment where children learn about food and engage in hands on experiential activities,” shared Cathryn Abrametz, Public Health Nutritionist. “The garden provides a safe and secure environment for children in the community. Participating at an early age in each stage of the growing, harvesting, and preparation of food also promotes lifelong positive attitudes towards vegetables and fruit.”
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Resources

CIF Annual Report
CIF's 2018-19 Annual Report has been released! Check out what we have been up to over the past year here

September Heritage Workshops
The Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport is pleased to invite you to two workshops that will be held in Moose Jaw on September 24 and 25, 2019. These free workshops will provide training in heritage conservation tools that will be of interest to anyone who owns, uses, manages, interprets or regulates heritage buildings and other historic places. To register for one or both of these workshops, please follow the appropriate links: September 24: Statement of Significance and Heritage Inventory and September 25: Heritage Standards and Guidelines and Downtown Design.

Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector

The Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector held extensive consultations with charities, non-profit, and volunteer groups to learn how Canada could better support their important work. The report details the strategies, recommendations and regulatory reforms needed to maximize the impact of this sector in communities both here in Canada and around the world. Read more.

Other Funding Sources

RBC Future Launch Community Challenge (Deadline: Sept 18, 2019)
The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge will consider funding requests from diverse initiatives in participating communities that are led by youth, aged 15–29, that respond to a specific local priority, need or lived experiences of the community; build relationships between youth and community members towards a shared local vision for the future; or experiment with new and creative ideas for building a vibrant, resilient community. Read more

SGI Community Grant Program (Deadline: October 31, 2019)
This program provides $100,000 a year in total grants to help local organizations offset the cost of traffic safety and brain injury prevention programs. By applying for a community grant with your idea for a traffic safety or brain injury prevention program, you have an opportunity to access the funding needed to get your initiative started. Read more.

Department of Justice Victims Fund (No deadline)
The Victims Fund provides grants and contributions to support projects and activities that encourage the development of new approaches, promote access to justice, improve the capacity of service providers, foster the establishment of referral networks, and/or increase awareness of services available to victims of crime and their families. Read more

First Nations and Métis Community Engagement Project Fund (Deadline: year-round)
The Office of the Provincial Interlocutor supports qualifying innovative projects that involve practical arrangements and partnerships with First Nations and/or Métis communities, agencies, or non-profit organizations. Projects will be considered under categories including Safe Communities; Strong Families; Student Achievement; and Economic Growth. Read more

Northern Capital Grants Program (Deadline: year-round)
The Capital Grants Program provides northern municipalities and settlements with financial assistance to build or purchase municipal infrastructure and capital assets. For an approved project, the grants may provide up to a maximum of eighty per cent of the cost of the project. The local municipality must cover a minimum of twenty percent of the costs. Read more.

Taking It Global (Multiple Deadlines)
Do you have a simple project idea to support your community? TakingITGlobal (TIG) is looking for young people who are inspired with ideas and are ready to take action through youth-led community service grants. Three levels of grants are available. Read more

Sustainable Development Goals Funding Program (Ongoing)
The Sustainable Development Goals Funding Program was launched to support projects aimed to build awareness of the 2030 Agenda; increase partnerships and networks; advance research; and further Canada’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda. They are currently accepting applications, on an ongoing basis, from organizations interested in receiving up to $100,000 in grant funding from the SDG Funding Program for projects that are up to 12 months in duration. Read more.

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