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Grants to Saskatchewan Registered Charities for Programs to Improve Social Inclusion in Eligible Regions

Quality of Life Grants

Saskatoon Community Foundation (SCF)

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #150483

Grant Description

Grants to Saskatchewan registered charities and qualified donees for projects that focus on creating an integrated and socially inclusive community in eligible regions. Applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to a full grant application. Additional areas of interest to be considered are youth, health, social development, arts and culture, environment, education, and capacity building. Eligible applicants serve the community of Saskatoon.

The Saskatoon Community Foundation's current strategic focus is Belonging. Everyone deserves a community in which they feel that they belong. Saskatoon Community Foundation supports projects which seek to support, enhance and increase a strong sense of belonging in the community. Registered charities are encouraged to submit requests for support of projects fostering Belonging in Saskatoon in three main areas of focus:

  1. Reconciliation: Does your project address directly or indirectly any of the 94 Calls to Action identified by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission? Does your project reflect an awareness of issues affecting relationships among indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians?
  2. Social Inclusion: Does your project improve inclusiveness among diverse cultures or demographic groups? Does it seek to improve equity for a particular segment of the community, or improve the community’s understanding of issues around equity? Does it promote cross-cultural tolerance or understanding? Does it value and celebrate our diversity?
  3. Youth Engagement: How does your project or program engage youth to be included more effectively in Saskatoon’s community life?

The Quality of Life Grants program can still support projects which touch on its traditional areas of focus: Arts and Culture, Education, Environment, Health, Social Development, and Capacity Building. However, projects should now be presented in terms of their impact on Belonging. Organizations seeking support for youth-focused projects can also apply through Youth Endowment Saskatoon (see link in Pre-Application Information, below).

The Saskatoon Community Foundation’s grants must: 

  1. Align with the SCF Vision Statement, Mission Statement, and Guiding Principles.
  2. Encourage the qualified donees to engage in activities which strengthen their ability to serve the community.
  3. Empower qualified donees and those they serve, while recognizing and valuing diversity within the community.
  4. Respond to the changing nature of the community by listening to community organizations, in order to identify areas of high priority as they arise. 

For grant criteria, see:

Preference will be given to projects that:

  • Have a direct and meaningful impact on a significant number of people
  • Are respectful of program users, and may involve them in planning, execution and evaluation
  • Involve community partnerships
  • Mobilize financial resources by utilizing such funding strategies as leveraging and partnering
  • Avoid duplicating similar services
  • Set measurable objectives, which will be evaluated
  • Plan for future funding needs 

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In accordance with federal regulations, the Foundation considers applications from registered charities and qualified donees, as defined by the Income Tax Act. A registered not for profit organization is not necessarily a registered charity. Questions about registered charity status can be answered by the Canada Revenue Agency at 1-800-267-2384 or Organizations which are not qualified donees must partner with qualified donees in order to seek funding. The partnership must be one in which the qualified donee organization can present the programming as part of its charitable mission, serve as the recipient of grant funds and be accountable for their use.

SCF does not award unrestricted grant funds:
- In response to annual fund raising campaigns
- To retire debt
- Retroactively to projects that have already taken place
- For sectarian, religious or political purposes
- To endowment funds
- To individuals

Pre-Application Information:

- Deadline for Letters of Intent to Apply for Quality of Life Grants is February 1st at 5:00 p.m. each year.
- Letters of Intent are reviewed by the Grants Committee, which will respond to applicants no later than February 15th each year.
- Deadline for full applications (if requested) is March 1st at 5:00 p.m. each year.

Please review the Foundation's Granting Policy and Quality of Life Granting Terms of Reference prior to applying.

Outside of the regular granting cycle, the Executive Director and the Grants Committee have authority to award grants and then report these grants to the Board. “Out-of-cycle” grant requests come to the Foundation outside of SCF’s annual cycle of granting because of timing issues or emergencies. These grants are intended to address needs that arise through external or uncontrollable emergencies, or present a compelling story of an unmet and urgent need. Out-of-cycle requests are very rarely granted. Any such grant is contingent upon the availability of unrestricted funds at the time the request is made.

Youth Endowment Saskatoon:

Term of Contract:

Quality of Life Grants Program will consider requests for multi-year funding.

Contact Information:

Apply here:

Don Ewles, BA, MA
Grants Manager
(306) 665 - 1767

Saskatoon Community Foundation
101-308 Fourth Ave North
Saskatoon, SK S7K 2L7
(306) 665-1766

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