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Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) Grants

Grants to Saskatchewan Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools, and
Health Regions for Projects to Benefit the Community

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Community Initiatives Fund (CIF)

Deadline Date:

10/01/21 4:00 PM CST - For Community Grants


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Grants of up to $5,000, grants of up to $25,000, and grants of up to $50,000 to Saskatchewan nonprofit organizations, municipalities, schools, school boards, and health regions for projects to benefit local communities. Applicants are advised that registration approval may take several days. Funding is intended for one of three funding themes: healthy growth and development of children and youth, community and individual wellbeing, and nonprofit and community leadership. Grants are also available for summer programming.

Funding is available for community grants and summer grants.

  • Community grants may be local or provincial projects. See the Region Map & List Document in Supporting Documents below.
  • Summer grants The Summer Grant Program provides funding support to standalone summer programs for children and youth participants under 18 years of age. 

The Community Grant Program provides funding support to programs that fall within one of three funding themes:

  • Healthy growth and development of children and youth: The CIF provides grants to programs that support the development of children and youth, providing young children with a good start in life and preparing youth for the future. Community programs and services intended to benefit young people who face financial, accessibility or other barriers will receive higher priority.
  • Individual and community wellbeing: The CIF provides grants to programs for all ages that support healthy lifestyles, supportive and inclusive communities, and provide access to programs and services
  • Nonprofit and community leadership: The CIF provides grants to support initiatives that provide training and resources for nonprofit staff, Board members and volunteers to improve program delivery, governance and leadership, and the involvement of volunteers

Summer Grant Program: Summer programs are intended to increase the healthy growth and development of children and youth and result in:

  • Children develop their social, emotional, language and communication skills.
  • Children and youth are physically literate, physically active, and achieve minimum levels of daily activity.
  • Children and youth participate in learning, culture and recreation programs.
  • Children and youth gain the knowledge, skills, and supports to develop positive mental health, self-esteem, and healthy lifestyle behaviors.
  • Types of programs typically supported include summer camps and day programs offering positive recreation, arts, culture and learning opportunities for children and youth.
More information about Community Grant Program themes can be found at

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174511

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Community Grants: Maximum of $25,000/local project, Maximum of $50,000/provincial project
- Summer Grants: Maximum of $5,000

Term of Contract:

Community Grants: Programs must be no more than 12 months in length. Programs may be offered continuously throughout the year, may be for a defined time period (e.g. an 8 week program), or may be short-term such as a one-day session.

Programs must begin no sooner than 2 months after the application deadline (after notification of grant approval by the CIF Board) and will not be funded retroactively. The CIF is not responsible for any costs incurred by applicants for programs that begin prior to notification of the CIF Board’s decision.

Programs must be held between the months of June 1 and August 31.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Community Grant and Summer Grant:
To be eligible to apply, an applicant must be:
- An incorporated Saskatchewan nonprofit organization whose primary purpose and activities are to benefit Saskatchewan communities; or
- A municipality, health region, school or school board proposing community-based, community-led programs; and
- In good standing with the CIF (e.g. there are no outstanding reports or re-payments).

Organizations may be approved for a maximum of two (2) Community Grant Program grants per year. Applications for grants during the same year must be for different programs.

Summer grants are not intended to support school-related programs; summer fairs or events; adult or all-age programs that occur during the summer; or the summer portion of year-round programming. Organizations may be approved for a maximum of one (1) summer grant per year.

Remember that programs must start at least two months after the grant application deadline.

Applications requesting funding for capital projects (such as building a playground or renovating a facility) are not eligible.

Projects that primarily benefit First Nations people living on-reserve are not eligible regardless of where the project occurs. Projects on-reserve may be eligible if the applicant meets eligibility criteria and if the project primarily benefits First Nations people living off-reserve.

Community Grants Ineligible Programs & Expenses can be found at

Summer Grants Ineligible Programs & Expenses can be found at

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
- Community Grants: April 1 and October 1
- Summer Grant: February 1

Applications can be submitted up until 4 p.m. CST of the deadline date. CIF strongly recommends that you complete and submit your application well before to allow time for any questions you may have, and to avoid on-line system delays that can result from a large volume of applications being submitted at the same time.

Application Process:
- Applications must be submitted using the CIF’s on-line application form. It can take up to 3 business days for your account to be approved and your login information to be sent by email.
- Applications will be accepted up to 4 p.m. CST of the deadline date.
- Mailed, faxed or emailed submissions will not be accepted.

Applicants will receive notification of the outcome of their funding request 2 months after the application deadline.

Successful grant recipients will receive an approval letter and funding agreement. When the agreement has been signed and returned to the CIF office, recipients will receive an initial payment of 80% of the approved amount of the grant. The remaining 20% will be released when the CIF Grants Administrator has confirmed that all funding and reporting obligations have been met following completion of the project.

Contact Information:

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

Online Application Portal:

If you have questions, need additional assistance, or have suggestions for improving this guide, please contact:
Rhonda Newton
Grants Administrator
1870 Lorne Street
Regina, SK S4P 2L7

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