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Quality of Life Grant

Grants to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Non-Profits
for Education, Community, Health and Arts Programs

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Foundation / Corporation

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Saskatoon Community Foundation (SCF)

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Grants of up to $20,000 to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan registered charities to support projects that focus on health, social development, arts and culture, environment, education, and capacity building. A letter of intent is due February 1, 2018.

The Foundation is interested in funding projects and on-going work in six areas of focus.

Arts and Culture
Funding for projects, or on-going work, that fosters and supports the growth and preservation of arts and cultural activities.

Capacity Building
Funding for projects or on-going work that establishes foundations for community service, develops or enhances organizational strategy, or builds capacity in our community.

Funding for projects or on-going work that enhances the quality and accessibility of lifelong learning and educational opportunities for all ages.

Funding for projects or on-going work that supports and encourages appreciation of the environment, or resolution to, and prevention of, environmental and wildlife issues.

Funding for projects or on-going work that promotes and advances the physical and mental well-being of individuals and families.

Social Development
Funding for projects or ongoing work that delivers programs for a particular demographic group defined by age, gender, race, disability, or income.

Quality of Life Grants Program will:

- Consider requests for multi-year funding
- Consider requests for new and innovative programs
- Consider requests for ongoing core programs
- Consider requests for operating funds in cases of emergent need where an applicant has a plan for sustainability;
- Consider requests for capital campaigns in selected cases when the impact will be larger than the amount granted (i.e. leverage other funding);
- Make available grants of varying sizes (typically up to $20,000) with careful consideration of the impact of the amount awarded;
- Involve a Grants Committee comprised of a diversity of community volunteers (Board and non-Board members) in the grant application review process

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150483

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amounts are typically up to $20,000.

Term of Contract:

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

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.

The grant program will rarely provide funding to the same qualified donee for longer than three years in succession.

SCF does not award grants:

- 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
- For marketing type sponsorships (i.e. sporting events, conferences)

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline for Letters of Intent to Apply (LOIs) for Quality of Life Grants is February 1st of each year.

Application deadline for full applications (if requested) is March 1st of each year.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply online:

Don Ewles, Grants and Communications Manager
(306) 665-1766

Saskatoon Community Foundation
101-308 Fourth Avenue North
Saskatoon, SK S7K 2L7

Questions about registered charity status can be answered by the Canada Revenue Agency at 1-800-267-2384 or

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Saskatchewan