The Saskatoon Community Foundation is seeking letter of intents (LOIs) for its Quality of Life Grants program which is core community grants program, addressing a wide range of community issues through various areas of focus.
Thousands of donors over the Saskatoon Community Foundation’s 50 year history have given so that the foundation will have the flexibility to address the most important and pressing community opportunities. These grants are supported not only by thousands of smaller donations which make up the Give YXE Fund, but also many endowed funds for which the donors have given the Foundation discretion to make granting decisions.
Everyone deserves a community in which they feel that they belong. The Foundation supports projects which seek to support, enhance and increase a strong sense of belonging in the community. Registered charities are encouraged to submit requests for support of projects fostering Belonging in Saskatoon in three main areas of focus:
- Does your project address directly or indirectly any of the 94 Calls to Action identified by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission? Does your project reflect an awareness of issues affecting relationships among indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians?
- Social Inclusion:
- Does your project improve inclusiveness among diverse cultures or demographic groups? Does it promote cross-cultural tolerance or understanding? Does it value and celebrate our diversity?
- Youth Engagement:
- How does your project or program engage youth to be included more effectively in Saskatoon’s community life?
- Other projects:
- SCF’s Quality of Life Grants Program will:
- Consider requests for multi-year funding;
- Consider requests for new and innovative programs;
- Consider requests for ongoing core programs;
- Consider requests for operating funds in cases of emergent need where an applicant has a plan for sustainability;
- Consider requests for capital campaigns in selected cases;
- Make grants of varying sizes with careful consideration of the impact of the amount awarded;
- Make grants up to a maximum size of $20,000.00;
- Involve a Grants Committee comprised of a diversity of community volunteers (Board and non-Board members) in the grant application review process;
- Rarely provide funding to the same qualified donee for longer than three years in succession.
- Preference will be given to projects that:
- Have a direct and meaningful impact on a significant number of people
- Are respectful of program users, and may involve them in planning, execution and evaluation
- Involve community partnerships
- Mobilize financial resources by utilizing such funding strategies as leveraging and partnering
- Avoid duplicating similar services
- Set measurable objectives, which will be evaluated
- Plan for future funding needs
- Note: In accordance with federal regulations, the Foundation considers applications from registered charities and qualified donees, as defined by the Income Tax Act. A registered not for profit organization is not necessarily a registered charity. Organizations which are not qualified donees must partner with qualified donees in order to seek funding. The partnership must be one in which the qualified donee organization can present the programming as part of its charitable mission, serve as the recipient of grant funds and be accountable for their use.
For more information, visit https://saskatooncommunityfoundation.ca/grants/quality-of-life-grants-for-covid-19-resilience/