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Grants to Saskatchewan Nonprofits to Promote Multiculturalism and Diversity

Multicultural Initiatives Fund (MIF) - Annual Funding


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Important Dates
Deadline: 01/31/22 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $20,000 to Saskatchewan ethnocultural, Indigenous, or multicultural nonprofit organizations to promote the values of diversity and multiculturalism. Applicants must schedule a consultation with program staff prior to applying. Supported projects will encourage citizens to share, appreciate, accept, respect, and learn about cultural diversity.

The Multicultural Initiatives Fund (MIF) prioritizes cross-cultural understanding and supports work that aligns with the principles of Truth and Reconciliation in Saskatchewan. The MIF Annual grant program provides funding to community-based organizations to support ethno-cultural, multicultural, First Nations and Métis organizations reaching Indigenous people, youth, northern and/or rural communities, and newcomers.

The MIF Annual grant program prioritizes:

  • Anti-Racism work that looks at issues of power and privilege and how they impact individual and systemic discrimination; it usually includes active dialogue to build equity and justice in organizations and communities.
  • Intercultural Connections and Truth and Reconciliation entails different cultural and indigenous groups coming together over time to build bridges through activities like exchanges, cooperative work, creating safe spaces, community dialogues, creative projects, etc. This includes projects that have a focus on implementing or working towards implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action or reconciliation efforts.
  • Integration supports welcoming and inclusive communities that create a sense of home and belonging. MIF recognizes the creativity and innovation that arise from bringing different cultural perspectives together and cultivating the unique contributions of all.
  • Celebration of Diversity includes education and festivals that showcase differences and similarities, most often through performance, cuisine and other arts. It includes an awareness that groups that include many perspectives, especially from different cultural world views, lead to greater creativity and innovation.
  • Cultural Retention supports organizations passing on cultural practices and traditions within a particular Indigenous or ethno-cultural community.

Eligible Activities:

  • All funds are to be used for the benefit of cultural development in Saskatchewan and for residents of Saskatchewan.
  • The organization’s annual activities must align with one priority of the MIF Annual program to be considered for funding.


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

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Registered non-profit organizations based in Saskatchewan or organizations that have a primarily multicultural or ethno-cultural mandate are eligible to apply.

MIF Annual is generally for provincial or regional multicultural or Indigenous organizations that have organizations as members such as Tribal Councils.

These organizations must:
- Have a primarily multicultural, Indigenous or ethno-cultural mandate as defined by SaskCulture’s Cultural Policy; and
- Be in existence as a registered nonprofit 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; and
- Be in good standing with Information Services Corporation (ISC); and
- Have no outstanding grant follow-ups due to SaskCulture.

Organizations that receive substantial funding through the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund, including
funding from an Eligible Cultural Organization, are ineligible to apply to MIF Annual.

The following items are ineligible for MIF Annual funds:
- Capital expenditures, construction, renovations or repairs;
- Cash prizes, gifts, or the purchase of alcohol;
- Food that is not a central focus of a cultural activity. Food costs are ONLY eligible if the cultural activity that is being offered is specifically focused on the cultural significance and mentorship aspects associated with traditional food preparation, instruction, gathering and so on;
- Activity that exclusively promotes definable religious or political viewpoints;
- In-kind contributions (donations of goods and services) do not replace eligible expenses;
- Contributions of volunteer hours; and
- Allowances, wages or personal expenses for program registrants and participants.

Pre-Application Information
The application deadline is January 31, 2022.

Organizations interested in applying to MIF–Annual must contact SaskCulture Consultant Paul Gingras to set up an initial consultation to discuss eligibility and access to the application form.

Eligible applications are adjudicated by a volunteer peer adjudication panel, and applicants are normally informed of results within eight (8) weeks of the application deadline.

Applicants may only submit one application per grant deadline. Applicants may only apply to MIF-Annual or MIF-Project; multiple applications will not be considered. Applicants may not apply to multiple SaskCulture funding programs to support the same activity for the same time frame.

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to 50% of an organization’s annual budget, to a maximum of $20,000

Term of Contract
The MIF – Annual program now operates on a two-year cycle, allocating two years of funding to successful applicants.

Contact Information
Paul Gingras
Outreach Consultant
Phone: (306) 780-9813
Toll Free: 1-866-476-6830

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