Written by Tara Garcia
The SaskEnergy Share The Warmth Grant helps non-profits do great things for people who might need a little help during the winter season in Saskatchewan.
Community organizations that provide care and services focused on warm shelter/clothing/food for vulnerable individuals during the winter in Saskatchewan are encouraged to apply.
Allix Schweitzer, Community Engagement Supervisor with SaskEnergy provides some background on the Share The Warmth program.
"Originally in the early 90's the Share The Warmth program began as a sweater recycling project which redistributed thousands of articles of warm clothing to help people in Saskatchewan manage the cold winter months. And over the years the program has shifted to the grant program format which allows for charitable organizations to leverage the funding in a way that works for their specific needs."
Applications are accepted online at www.saskenergy.com and the deadline to apply is October 31st. There are 40 $1000 grants and up to $2000 grants may be available for projects where there is large participation or urgent need.
Schweitzer adds that at its core the program exemplifies what they are trying to do as an organization which is lending a helping hand when and where possible. Being in the community is what SaskEnergy is all about and engagement and support with community organizations are really foundational to the organization as it allows them to connect with customers and the people they serve.
This year the grant program has expanded to include mental health-related initiatives as Schweitzer explains.
"Obviously we've seen a lot of challenges this past year due to the global pandemic and seeing the impact right here in Saskatchewan. So I think all of those events combined have really highlighted the importance and need for mental health awareness and support in our community. We see this as another great opportunity to share the warmth with the people we serve."