SaskCulture in partnership with Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI) has launched the Métis Cultural Development Fund (MCDF) to support community-based cultural activities and initiatives that preserve, strengthen and transmit Métis culture and traditions.
The MCDF program objectives are to:
- support and strengthen Métis culture and communities through arts and heritage activity in Saskatchewan;
- mentor and build cultural leadership skills in Métis Communities;
- increase employment opportunities for Saskatchewan-based Métis arts and heritage resource peoples;
- support engagement in Métis cultural activity at the individual, group, and community level;
- support the development of Métis identity through research, documentation and/or sharing;
- benefit children through skills development, mentorship, and having fun; and
- encourage gathering, sharing, learning, celebrating and developing Métis culture in Métis communities aimed at building long-term cultural awareness, retention and pride.
Priority will be given to projects that:
- provide significant opportunities to meet the purpose of the MCDF grant;
- deliver relevant cultural activities based on cultural impact, accessibility and service to communities;
- have significant youth involvement and/or contribute significantly to participation in intergenerational cultural activity;
- demonstrate strong partnerships and community support;
- take place in the province’s northern and/or rural or otherwise underserved communities; and
- are supported by clear project plans and budget detail.
- The maximum request amount is $10,000 towards eligible project expenses.
- Start Date: Eligible start dates for this round must be eight (8) weeks after the grant deadline.
- End Date: All projects must be completed within one (1) year of the start date.
- Projects must directly address the purpose and priorities of this funding program.
- All funds are to be used for the benefit of Métis cultural development in Saskatchewan and for residents in Saskatchewan.
- Applicants can access only one MCDF grant at a time.
- If the applicant already has a current open MCDF grant wrapping up during the time of application or an incomplete/overdue Follow-up Report (FUR) for any SaskCulture grant, a new application will be accepted for consideration, but if approved, payment will not be made until the open grants are completed.
- Applicants may not apply to multiple SaskCulture funding programs to support the same activity for the same time frame.
- Registered Non-Profit organizations in Saskatchewan with priority to Métis-led organizations. Organizations that are not Métis-led may still apply, but evidence must be provided to clearly outline the extent of Métis access and leadership in the delivery of the proposed activities. All non-profit organizations must:
- have a primarily cultural mandate in Arts, Heritage, Multiculturalism or Cultural Industries or otherwise demonstrate significant engagement in cultural activity;
- be in existence as a registered non-profit for at least one full fiscal year. If your organization has been incorporated for less than a year, please contact the SaskCulture consultant to discuss options;
- be in good standing with Information Services Corporation (ISC) and have no outstanding grant follow-ups due to SaskCulture; and
- provide a signed copy of the organization’s annual financial statement that was most recently submitted to the ISC to show evidence of good standing as a non-profit organization in Saskatchewan.
- Note: Organizations receiving Annual Global Funding are not eligible to apply
- A Métis Local or Municipality that must:
- be in good standing with the Sask Lotteries Community Grant Program; and
- have no outstanding grant follow-ups due to SaskCulture.
For more information, visit SaskCulture.