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Community Grant Program

Grants to Saskatchewan Nonprofits, Municipalities, Health Regions, and
Schools for Wellbeing, Leadership, and Development of Children and Youth

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Initiatives Fund (CIF)

Deadline Date:

10/01/19 4:00 PM CST - For Annual Grants only


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Grants of up to $5,000, grants of up to $25,000, and grants of up to $50,000 for Saskatchewan nonprofit organizations, municipalities, health regions, and schools for programs to benefit the local community. Funding is intended for programs that fall within one of the following 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.

Nonprofit and Community Leadership:
- The CIF provides grants to programs for all ages that support healthy lifestyles, supportive and inclusive communities, and provide access to programs and services.

Individual and Community Wellbeing:
- 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.

For more information about Funding Themes and Priorities, see:

The vision of The Community Initiatives Fund is to enhance the 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.

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

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.

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.

For a list of items that are not eligible for funding, see:

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 and must be submitted using the CIF’s on-line application form.

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

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.

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.


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:

Contact the funding source at:
Rhonda Newton
CIF Grants Administrator
1870 Lorne Street
Regina, SK S4P 2L7

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Saskatchewan