Numerous communities in southeast Saskatchewan have been awarded grants from the Community Initiatives Fund's (CIF) fall allocation.
Several projects received funding through the community grant program. Arcola School received $2,000 to support the Challenge Day program, a school nutrition program and the development of a local advisory committee. The Cornerstone Family and Youth Centre in Carlyle will receive $15,000 for early childhood and after school activities. The Estevan Family Resource Centre will receive $8,711 for pre-natal and post-natal infant and toddler programming.
Funding was also awarded through the community vitality program to the Carnduff Recreation's Board tennis courts ($2,600); the Macoun Town Hall's refurbishment effort ($15,000); and the Redvers and District Recreation Centre's Operation Clean Up ($10,700).
Active Estevan was granted $5,200 for a pathway map of the city.
The CIF’s programs contribute to individual, family and community well-being through grants for childhood development, positive life choices, active living, volunteerism, community celebrations and facility upgrades.
A total of 226 projects, worth more than $3.98 million, received funding through the fall allocation. There were 102 grants through the community grant program; 104 grants worth more than $1.3 million through the community vitality program; and 20 grants worth more than $1 million through the physical activity grant program.
In addition to the grants, the CIF announced programming changes that are designed to simplify access to its funding and better align its programming with the needs and priorities of Saskatchewan communities.
The CIF’s community grant program will be broadened to accommodate physical activity, problem gambling prevention initiatives, nonprofit support, youth engagement, leadership development, and community cultural and milestone celebrations.
The program will continue to help support healthy development of children and youth, community inclusiveness and accessibility, and positive life choices.
Small capital projects such as energy efficiencies or community facility upgrades will be supported through the new, two-year community places and spaces program, replacing the community vitality program.
The changes take effect on April 1, 2014.