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CIF approves $3.3M in funding for community projects

The CMHA program in Weyburn received $20,000 for mental health activities, programs and services. The Family Place received $20,000 for their Mini-Go School program.

WEYBURN - Saskatchewan communities will benefit from 324 grants totaling $3,369,832 from the Community Initiatives Fund’s (CIF) February 1st and April 1st deadlines. These grants will contribute to the wellbeing of 118 communities across Saskatchewan.

Through its Community Grant Program’s April 1st deadline, CIF approved $2,719,073 in support of 125 grants, for programs that contribute to the wellbeing of children and youth, families, and communities, benefiting an estimated 76,623 participants.

Two projects in Weyburn were approved for this program. The CMHA program in Weyburn received $20,000 for mental health activities, programs and services. The Family Place received $20,000 for their Mini-Go School program.

These programs provide opportunities for children and youth to gain knowledge, skills, and supports to promote positive mental health, self-esteem, and healthy lifestyle behaviours, and to ensure families have access to supports and resources to create healthy and caring environments. Funding also supports nonprofit organizations to enhance their program delivery, governance and leadership capacities, and to engage individuals as volunteers.

Additionally, 199 summer grant programs were approved totaling $650,759 to support camps and day programs offering positive recreation, arts, culture, and learning opportunities for an estimated 46,763 children and youth during the summer months.

Several community programs received funding in the Weyburn and surrounding area.

The City of Weyburn received $3,000 for their Fun in the Sun Mobile Play Park; Inclusion Weyburn received $4,000 for the Inclusive Summer Teen Camp; the Southeast Regional Library received $4,000 for the summer reading program; the Family Place received $4,000 for their Sunny Scholars program; and the Weyburn and District Kayak and Canoe Club received $3,500 for their summer camp program.

In addition, the Ceylon Regional Park Authority received $1,250 for their Sunshine and Summertime Day Camp. The Midale Public Library received $840 for the summer reading program, and the Town of Midale received $1,400 for their Keeping Cool in the Pool program.

The Ogema Regional Park received $2,880 for a Youth Summer Day Program; the Pangman Daycare received $4,000 for their Summer School program; and the Radville-Laurier Regional Park received $3,500 for the Summer Adventures program.

“For more than 25 years, the Community Initiatives Fund has been enhancing the quality of life for individuals, families and their communities across the province,” Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport Laura Ross said. “Our government works closely with the Community Initiatives Fund to ensure our residents and communities benefit from investments in community-based programs and projects.”

“The CIF supports a wide range of organizations, programs, people, and communities in all regions of the province,” said Tracey Mann, Executive Director of the Community Initiatives Fund. “As more programming is beginning to re-open, the CIF is grateful to be able to continue to provide funding to support availability of these programs that enrich communities and contribute to quality of life.”

The CIF is a Special Purpose Fund created through The Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation Act and managed by a government appointed Board of community volunteers.

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