The SaskCulture is seeking applications for the Multicultural Initiatives Fund (MIF) to prioritize cross-cultural understanding and supports work that aligns with the principles of Truth and Reconciliation in Saskatchewan. MIF supports organizations that encourage people to share, learn, appreciate and respect cultural diversity.
- The MIF Annual grant program provides funding to community-based organizations to support ethno-cultural, multicultural, First Nations and Métis organizations reaching Indigenous people, youth, northern and/or rural communities, and newcomers.
- The MIF Annual grant program prioritizes:
- Anti-Racism work that looks at issues of power and privilege and how they impact individual and systemic discrimination; it usually includes active dialogue to build equity and justice in organizations and communities.
- Intercultural Connections and Truth and Reconciliation entails different cultural and indigenous groups coming together over time to build bridges through activities like exchanges, cooperative work, creating safe spaces, community dialogues, creative projects, etc. This includes projects that have a focus on implementing or working towards implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action or reconciliation efforts.
- Integration supports welcoming and inclusive communities that create a sense of home and belonging. They recognize the creativity and innovation that arise from bringing different cultural perspectives together and cultivating the unique contributions of all.
- Celebration of Diversity includes education and festivals that showcase differences and similarities, most often through performance, cuisine and other arts. It includes an awareness that groups that include many perspectives, especially from different cultural world views, lead to greater creativity and innovation.
- Cultural Retention supports organizations passing on cultural practices and traditions within a particular Indigenous or ethno-cultural community.
Up to 50% of an organization’s annual budget, to a maximum of $20,000.
- All funds are to be used for the benefit of cultural development in Saskatchewan and for residents of Saskatchewan.
- The organization’s annual activities must align with one priority of the MIF Annual program to be considered for funding.
- Applicants may only submit one application per grant deadline. Applicants may only apply to MIF-Annual or MIF-Project; multiple applications will not be considered. Applicants may not apply to multiple SaskCulture funding programs to support the same activity for the same time frame.
- Registered non-profit organizations based in Saskatchewan or organizations that have a primarily multicultural or ethno-cultural mandate are eligible to apply.
- MIF Annual is generally for provincial or regional multicultural or Indigenous organizations that have organizations as members such as Tribal Councils.
For more information, visit https://www.saskculture.ca/programs/funding-programs/grants/multicultural-initiatives-fund-annual-funding