The South Saskatchewan Community Foundation (SSCF) is offering Smart & Caring Fund grants to charitable activities that promote and enhance vibrant, healthy and caring communities in south Saskatchewan.
The purpose of the Smart & Caring Fund is to allow the SSCF to respond to areas of focus identified in its current Vital Signs Report.
The 50 Vital Community Conversations 2019 Report identifies Belonging as the top community indicator, and five emerging issues:
- Sustaining rural communities;
- Drug abuse and addiction;
- Safety in communities;
- Racism towards new immigrants and Indigenous peoples; and
- Homelessness and affordable housing.
- Grants in the range of $500 to $2000 may be awarded to successful applicants.
- Special requests for grants up to $5,000 may be considered for projects or program adaptations to address demonstrated community needs specific to COVID-19 realities.
- SSCF can only grant to registered charities or qualified donees, and a Department of National Revenue Taxation Charity Registration number is an eligibility requirement. If not registered, a formal partner with charitable status is required and a formal agreement with the partner included as part of a complete application.
- SSCF funds are intended to benefit communities in south Saskatchewan, as per SSCF’s definition.
- Grants are generally intended to support projects rather than ongoing programs.
- Grants are intended to support projects that align with the purpose and intent of the Smart & Caring Fund and have a potential for positive community impact, as demonstrated by the application.
- Grants are made to organizations with the capacity to successfully complete the project, a well thought-out project plan, a reasonable budget, and a sound financial plan as demonstrated by the application.
- Grants are not made to organizations or for activities that promote discrimination or that do not comply with SSCF policy.
- Grants are not made to organizations engaged in multiple activities, which might redistribute SSCF funds to other organizations.
- Grants are not made to any religious organizations where the funds would be used to further the organization’s religious purposes.
- Grants are not made for any political purposes.
- Grants are not made to support projects normally financed by public tax funds or that appear to be sufficiently funded.
- Grants are not made for endowments, contingencies, operating or deficit financing.
- Grants are not made for fundraising, advertising or marketing activities.
- Organizations with any overdue SSCF reporting may be ineligible to apply to or receive new funds from SSCF.
- Organizations may only submit one application per Smart & Caring Fund deadline.
- A grant agreement will be required. Grants are only to be used for the purpose described and approved. Any unused portion of the grant must be returned to SSCF.
- A report on how a grant has been expended and the impact it has made toward “building a better community” is required 60 days after the project end date.
For more information, visit https://sscf.ca/smart-and-caring-fund/