Sask Lotteries Community Grant Program
The Sask Lotteries Community Grant Program assists non-profit, volunteer-led community organizations developing impactful and innovative sport, culture and recreation programs that meet the needs of the local community.
The program is a partnership involving the Government of Saskatchewan, Sask Sport, SaskCulture and the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association.
Every year, these community grants help fund diverse programs and activities, such as youth beading programs, taekwondo clubs, music camps, hockey tournaments, Air Cadets, senior fitness classes, curling, swimming clubs and paint nights, to name just a few.
Organizations that are eligible to receive funding include municipal governments (city, town, village, organized hamlet or rural municipality), First Nation communities and northern settlements. These authorities distribute funds to local non-profit groups to provide programs.
Community Grants are determined by population with the minimum grant of $250 for southern communities and $500 for northern communities. Inter-community co-operation 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 equity groups, such as Indigenous people, Newcomers, seniors, women, single-parent families, persons living with disabilities and persons facing financial instability. The equity 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 Feb. 28; Northern community applications must be postmarked on or before April 1 or Oct, 1. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.