Three west-central communities, and 58 in total throughout Saskatchewan are set to benefit from Tuesday's announcement on the latest round of funding from the Community Initiatives Fund.

"The Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) has approved 150 grants totaling $2,495,454 through its latest grant application intake, that will benefit an estimated 90,000 participants and contribute to the wellbeing of 58 communities."

The Biggar and District Family Centre is receiving $25,000 towards family programs. Outlook's Small Steps Learning Centre is getting $11,413 for both their before and after school programs. The Unity Community Daycare will be getting $9,000, also towards their after school program. 

"By connecting individuals, families and communities with vital programming across the province, the Community Initiatives Fund enhances the quality of life for people in Saskatchewan," Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Laura Ross said. "Our government is proud to support the Community Initiatives Fund. These grants strengthen important community programs, and we look forward to continuing this important relationship."

This support helps Saskatchewan communities by providing more access to local projects that encourage:

  • Community wellbeing
  • Inclusion
  • Leadership
  • Vitality
  • Opportunities for children and youth to gain the knowledge, skills and supports to develop positive mental health, self-esteem and healthy lifestyle behaviours, and ensure families have access to support and resources to create healthy and caring environments

"The programs and initiatives funded by CIF have a profound impact on the wellbeing of communities across Saskatchewan," Community Initiatives Fund Executive Director Tracey Mann said. "We are continually amazed by the dedication and creativity of community leaders and organizations that work so tirelessly to enrich our province."

Find the official release and complete list of grant recipients here. It states that as a "Special Purpose Fund", CIF was created though The Lotteries and Gaming Saskatchewan Corporation Act, and managed by a government appointed Board of community volunteers.

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