Grants of up to $10,000 to Saskatchewan nonprofit organizations and municipalities for Métis cultural activities. Priority will be given to activities that take place in rural and underserved communities. Funding is intended to support community-based initiatives and activities that transmit, strengthen, and preserve Métis culture and traditions. All funds are to be used for the benefit of Métis cultural development in Saskatchewan and for residents in Saskatchewan.
The MCDF program objectives are to:
Support and strengthen Métis culture and communities through arts and heritage activity in Saskatchewan;
Mentor and build cultural leadership skills in Métis Communities;
Increase employment opportunities for Saskatchewan-based Métis arts and heritage resource peoples;
Support engagement in Métis cultural activity at the individual, group, and community level;
Support the development of Métis identity through research, documentation and/or sharing;
Benefit children through skills development, mentorship, and having fun; and
Encourage gathering, sharing, learning, celebrating and developing Métis culture in Métis communities aimed at building long-term cultural awareness, retention and pride.
Priority will be given to projects that:
Provide significant opportunities to meet the purpose of the MCDF grant;
Deliver relevant cultural activities based on cultural impact, accessibility and service to communities;
Have significant youth involvement and/or contribute significantly to participation in intergenerational cultural activity;
Demonstrate strong partnerships and community support;
Take place in the province’s northern and/or rural or otherwise underserved communities; and
Are supported by clear project plans and budget detail.
Saskatchewan-based registered non-profit Métis community groups, Métis Locals, or registered non-profit community groups partnering with a Métis community or organization that have a primarily cultural or multicultural mandate, or municipalities are eligible to apply.
Eligible Applicants are:
- Registered Non-Profit organizations in Saskatchewan with priority to Métis-led organizations. Organizations that are not Métis-led may still apply, but evidence must be provided to clearly outline the extent of Métis access and leadership in the delivery of the proposed activities. All non-profit organizations must:
a) Have a primarily cultural mandate in Arts, Heritage, Multiculturalism or Cultural Industries as defined by SaskCulture’s Cultural Policy, or otherwise demonstrate significant engagement in cultural activity;
b) Be in existence as a registered non-profit for at least one full fiscal year. If your organization has been incorporated for less than a year, please contact the SaskCulture consultant to discuss options;
c) Be in good standing with Information Services Corporation (ISC) and have no outstanding grant follow-ups due to SaskCulture; and
d) Provide a signed copy of the organization’s annual financial statement that was most recently submitted to the ISC to show evidence of good standing as a non-profit organization in Saskatchewan.
A Métis Local or Municipality that must:
a) Be in good standing with the Sask Lotteries Community Grant Program; and
b) Have no outstanding grant follow-ups due to SaskCulture.
Note: Organizations receiving Annual Global Funding are not eligible to apply.
If your organization does not meet the eligibility requirements contact the SaskCulture Outreach Consultant to discuss what alternate project funds might be available to you. Unincorporated community groups may consider forming a partnership with an eligible organization to meet the eligibility requirements for this grant program.
The following items are ineligible for MCDF funds:
- Capital expenses such as construction, renovations or repairs;
- Cash prizes, gifts, or the purchase of alcohol;
- Activity that exclusively promotes definable religious or political viewpoints;
- Contributions of volunteer hours;
- Allowances, wages or personal expenses for program registrants and participants;
- Salaries and expenses of existing staff of the applicant organization – except when they are hired to perform the duties of a cultural worker;
- Office and administration fees including utilities, rent and/or rental of an applicant organization facilities; and
- In-kind contributions.
Expenses incurred before or after the project period will not be eligible.
Deadline: September 28, 2023
If the deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline becomes the next business day.
Applicants can expect to be informed of funding results within eight (8) weeks of the application deadline.