Communities will benefit from more than $2.1 million in funding from the Community Initiative Fund’s (CIF) Oct. 1 deadline allocation.
Among the projects to receive funding are:
• The Estevan Family Resource Centre, $25,000 for its ongoing programming;
• The Carlyle Elementary School, $2,000 for its family fun nights;
• The Southeast Regional Library’s Carlyle branch, $2,500 for its intergenerational programming;
• The Southeast Regional Library’s Carnduff branch, $500 for its Lego club;
• The Southeast Regional Library’s Midale branch, $8,000 for its Let’s Get Together program;
• The Expressway Family Centre in Oxbow, $25,000 for its community programming;
• The Friendship Club of Oxbow, $8,000 for its activities; and
• The Stoughton Central School, $3,250 for its breakfast and nutrition program.
A total of 137 Community Grant Program recipients will contribute to the wellbeing of children and youth, families and communities across Saskatchewan.
These programs are crucial, as they provide opportunities for children and youth to gain knowledge, skills and supports to develop positive mental health, self-esteem and healthy lifestyle behaviours, and ensure families have access to supports and resources to create healthy and caring environments.
Programs also provide imperative training and resources for non-profit organization staff, board members and volunteers to improve program delivery, governance and leadership, and support individuals to become involved as active citizens, volunteers and community leaders.
“CIF strengthens the capacity of communities through effective investments in community-based initiatives, providing a future of vibrant, resilient, sustainable and proud Saskatchewan communities across our province,” said Gene Makowsky, the minister for Parks, Culture and Sport.
“The supports and services that these programs provide are integral for the health and happiness of our province,” expressed Tracey Mann, executive director of the Community Initiatives Fund. “CIF’s priorities reflect the eight interconnected domains of the Saskatchewan Index of Wellbeing, working towards improving the quality of life of all Saskatchewan residents.”
The CIF is a special purpose fund created through The Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation Act and managed by a government-appointed board of community volunteers.