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Community Grant Program

Grants to Saskatchewan Nonprofits and Groups for Community
Engagement and the Development of Children and Youth

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Initiatives Fund (CIF)

Deadline Date:

10/01/18 4:00 PM CST - For Annual Grants only.


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Grants of up to $25,000 for local projects, grants of up to $50,000 for provincial projects, and grants of up to $5,000 to Saskatchewan nonprofit community organizations to support healthy development and growth of children and youth; individual and community wellbeing; and nonprofit and community leadership.

Annual grants support programs that are no more than 12 months in length and are not summer programs. 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 projects such as a one-day training session.

Summer grants support programs held between May 1 and August 31. Summer grants support only programs, or the portion of programs, that benefit children and youth.

The vision of The Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) is to enhance quality of life for all Saskatchewan people, including those who:
- Experience barriers to participation in community programs (e.g., financial, physical, etc.);
- Are First Nations people living off-reserve;
- Are Métis people;
- Are newcomers to Canada;
- Live in rural or remote areas of the province including Northern Saskatchewan

CIF expects that all programs funded through the Community Grant Program will be:
- Inclusive of all ages, ability, gender, income and cultural backgrounds;
- Accessible, safe, and age and ability appropriate;
- Affordable;
- Prevention based with a focus on long term outcomes;
- Community based.

Community-based / community-led projects are projects that involve community members or organizations in the planning and delivery of the project, and that are not offered as a core service of the institution.

Local projects benefit residents of one community or region.

Provincial projects are a) delivered in two or more regions; or b) involve participation from across Saskatchewan. Provincial applications must clearly identify how they qualify as a provincial project.

Generally, funding will support expenses such as salaries, supplies, and other costs directly related to the delivery of the project.

General operational expenditures up to a maximum of 20% of the approved grant amount are eligible. This includes items not directly related to program delivery such as supervision, accounting, administration, insurance, rent, repairs, office supplies, travel, telephone, utilities, and fundraising expenses. Invoices or receipts are not required for expenses claimed under this category.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174511

Estimated Size of Grant:

Annual Grants:
- A maximum of $25,000 is given for a local project
- A maximum of $50,000 is given for a provincial project

Summer Grants:
- A maximum of $5,000 is awarded

Term of Contract:

CIF grants are for a maximum of 12 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to apply to the Community Initiatives Fund, 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 projects; and
- In good standing with the CIF (e.g., there are no outstanding reports or re-payments).

Summer grants are not intended to support adult programs that occur during the summer, events, or the summer portion of annual programs.

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.

Music festivals, competitions and tournaments, centennials and homecomings, and other events are not eligible. Some events, such as those that promote and support ethno-cultural awareness and education, multiculturalism, or First Nations and Métis cultural identity, may be eligible if they are aligned with the Funding Themes and Priorities and are free to the general public to attend.

The Community Grant program does not provide funding for:
- Salaries (permanent, temporary, contract), fees and related expenses for: Federal or provincial government employees; Municipal government employees except those delivering community based programs; School and school division teachers, teaching assistants and administrators; Health region administration and medical staff; Artists, artisans and performers who do not live in Saskatchewan; Fundraisers, grantwriters and other nonprofit staff not involved in program delivery; Facilitators/consultants who do not live in Saskatchewan unless it can be demonstrated that resources are not available within the province.
- Honorariums, except for those paid to Aboriginal Elders to a maximum of $150/day and Elder helpers to a maximum of $50/day. Tobacco may be part of the Elder honorarium, but the total claim for the honorarium and tobacco may not exceed $150/day.
- Capital purchases such as playground equipment, construction or repairs to buildings and facilities.
- Employment preparation, training, and apprenticeship programs.
- Purchase of office equipment/furniture that is used for general operations and not specific to delivery of the project.
- Unhealthy food items such as chips, pop, and cookies (refer to the Canada Food Guide for healthy options at
- Fundraising events and programs, and public awareness campaigns, including related salaries or contractor fees.
- Direct religious activities of religious groups or organizations, and supplies related specifically to faith-based items (e.g., rosaries, Bibles, etc.)
- Government delivered projects, programs and services.
- Training for staff of schools, school divisions, municipalities and health regions.
- School curriculum related expenses, excursions, activities and trips.
- Competitive sporting, cultural, or other tournaments, trips or events.
- Expenses related to hosting or sponsorship of conferences, trade fairs, display fairs, or expositions.
- Out of province travel.
- Gift cards, contests, prizes, awards, trophies, plaques.
- Alcohol, party favors, balloons, decorations, flowers, fireworks, floats and parades.
- Promotional items, (e.g., team uniforms, t-shirts, water bottles, banners, signage, other similar items).

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
- Annual Grants: April 1 and October 1
- Summer Grants: February 1

Applications will be accepted up to 4 p.m. CST of the deadline date.

If the applicant is applying to the February 1 Summer Grant deadline, be sure to use the Summer Grant application form.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to create an account well in advance of the deadline as it may take up to 3 business days to confirm the creation of the account before the applicant can start the application.

Organizations may be approved for a maximum of two (2) annual grants and one (1) summer grant per year. Applications for grants during the same year must be for different projects.

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


Deadlines and Details:

Application Review Process:

Contact Information:

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

Online application:

Rhonda Newton, CIF Grants Administrator

Community Initiatives Fund
1870 Lorne Street
Regina, SK S4P 2L7

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Saskatchewan