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Grants to Saskatchewan Charities in Eligible Regions for Programs that Meet the Needs of Local Residents

Community Initiatives Fund

United Way of Saskatoon and Area - Saskatoon Collaborative Funding Partnership

Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #137975

Grant Description

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Grants to Saskatchewan registered charities in eligible regions for programs that meet the vital needs of the community. Programs may focus on the areas of poverty relief, employment, building strong communities and neighborhoods, and supporting children's health, development, and education. Eligible programs benefit residents of the City of Saskatoon.

The focus of the United Way of Saskatoon and Area Community Initiatives Fund is intended to support non-profit organizations in Saskatoon & Area to develop and execute programs and services aligned with United Way’s Community Investment strategy. An underlying theme of “Vulnerable Individuals and Families” has been identified to act as a connector for the Community Investment strategy. UWS&A recognizes that all people can experience vulnerability in different ways at any point in their lives and as such, individuals and families may need to seek programs and services supported by UWS&A, ultimately, leaving the threat of falling into poverty.

The Fund's three focus areas are: 

  • All That Kids Can Be
    • Goal: All children and youth are successful in school and during life’s transitions
    • Areas of Focus:
      • Readiness for kindergarten
      • Mentoring for school success
      • Community & recreational supports
      • Creating connection to community, culture and roots
      • Programs that support/assist children/youth to improve school attendance
      • Enhance access to early years development supports
      • Programs that connect children & youth to positive role models & that develop leadership skills
  • Poverty to Possibility
    • Goal: Support for families in all their forms to secure all life’s basic needs
    • Areas of Focus:
      • Programs and community connections that support vulnerable* children, youth and families to have stability in housing and access to nutritious food
      • Strategies to improve quality of life for children, youth and families who are precariously or transitionally housed
      • Programs focused on meeting the basic needs of vulnerable individuals (housing, addictions, mental health, persons with disabilities)
      • Education and access to holistic food security
      • Access to services that will prepare vulnerable individuals to seek gainful employment
  • Strong Communities
    • Goal: Mental, emotional, and spiritual well-Being
    • Areas of Focus:
      • Support vulnerable individuals and families experiencing mental health issues to integrate into the community
      • Provision of quality of life programs for persons with disabilities, vulnerable individuals and families living with mental health concerns that further community integration and a sense of belonging
      • Programs that support the settlement and integration of newcomers
      • Programs that support children, youth and families to build cultural and social connections
      • Programs for victims of violence and abuse
      • Programs that support those who live with and witness violence including children and youth
      • Recreational, social and cultural activities to enhance the lived experiences of Indigenous/Indigenous children & youth

For desired outcomes of these focus areas, see:

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for a grant from the United Way of Saskatoon and Area Community Initiatives Fund, an organization must be registered as a charitable organization with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The CRA charitable registration number must be provided in the Application for Funding.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is 12:00 PM February 16, 2021.

Please email completed applications and attachments.

Contact Information:

Email grant applications:

Andrea Howe
Director Labour Partnerships & Community Impact

United Way Saskatoon and Area
100-506 25th Street East Saskatoon
SK S7K 4A7

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