SaskCulture has announced the Multicultural Initiatives Fund (MIF) with an aim to advance cross-cultural understanding and Reconciliation in Saskatchewan by supporting projects encouraging people to share, learn, appreciate, respect, and accept cultural diversity.
- ethnocultural, multicultural, First Nations, and Métis initiatives, projects, and activities, with priority to projects reaching Indigenous people, youth, and northern and/or rural communities.
The MIF-Project grant prioritizes the following types of projects:
- 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 Reconciliation entails different cultural and indigenous groups coming together over time to build bridges i.e. exchanges, cooperative work, creating safe spaces, dialogue, 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.
The MIF-Project grant also supports the following types of projects, but with lower priority for funding:
- 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 cultural community.
- Project funding up to a maximum of $10,000 with conditions.
- Registered, Saskatchewan, non-profit organizations, First Nations, or municipalities, with cultural mandates are eligible to apply. The MIF program objectives are to support ethnocultural, multicultural, First Nations, and Métis initiatives, projects, and activities.
For more information, visit https://www.saskculture.ca/programs/funding-programs/grants/multicultural-initiatives-fund-project-funding