Community Grant Program
The Sask Lotteries Community Grant Program helps volunteer-operated, non-profit community organizations develop sport, culture and recreation programs. The program is a partnership involving the Government of Saskatchewan, Sask Sport Inc., SaskCulture Inc. and the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association Inc., and its goal is to enable communities to create sport, culture and recreation programs that are unique to the needs of local residents.
“The grants are very beneficial to our community,” explained Dana Dale, Shaunavon’s Director of Wellness and Leisure. “Without them, the many groups that benefit wouldn’t be able to keep doing the amazing work that they’re doing.”
Community grants have helped fund a number of diverse programs and activities, including a youth beading program, a taekwondo club, music camps, hockey tournaments, Air Cadets, senior fitness classes, curling, swimming clubs and a paint night, to name a few.
Organizations that are eligible to receive funding include: municipal governments (city, town, village, organized hamlet or rural municipality), First Nation communities or northern settlements. These authorities distribute funds to local non-profit groups to provide programs.
Community Grants are determined by population with the minimum grant being $250 for southern communities and $500 for northern communities. Inter-community cooperation is extremely important in the development of effective programs. Funds can be allocated to another jurisdiction to enhance access to high-quality programs as long as no outstanding grant follow-ups exist.
If the community grant is more than $2,000, a portion of the total grant must be used for programs aimed at increasing participation for under-represented populations such as Indigenous people, Newcomers, seniors, women, the economically disadvantaged, persons with a disabilities and single-parent families. The under-represented requirement can be met by welcoming and encouraging diversity among regular programs and/or by creating special programming.
Southern community applications must be postmarked on or before February 28; Northern community applications must be postmarked on or before April 1 or October 1. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.