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For Immediate Release: Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Almost $1.9 Million in Saskatchewan Grants to Communities!

The Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) today announced that 88 Saskatchewan non-profit and volunteer organizations are collectively getting almost $1.9 million in grants to help deliver their community projects. The 64 capital project grants total $1,461,429 and the 24 community pride projects and events grants total $420,222. CIF's Community Vitality Program is designed to respond to community priorities by helping volunteer and non-profit organizations deliver community projects that benefit Saskatchewan residents. "Our three-year Community Vitality Program continues to be well received by Saskatchewan communities," Tracey Mann, CIF Executive Director said. "With only two application deadlines remaining for this program--April 1 and October 1 next year--we're encouraging every Saskatchewan community to apply and benefit from our support." The Program has two components: Small Capital and Community Pride Projects and Events. Small capital projects could include renovations to community halls, rinks or pools, or improve accessibility for residents. Projects that enhance community pride involve special events such as community anniversaries and volunteer recognition. To date the CIF has disbursed more than $6 million in grants for Saskatchewan communities through its Community Vitality Program. "The Government of Saskatchewan thanks and congratulates the Community Initiatives Fund Board for all their great work on the Community Vitality Program so far," Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Bill Hutchinson said. "This program supports an extensive number of communities and that kind of help is part of the Saskatchewan advantage." CIF programs offer grants that support community efforts to enhance the quality of life for residents as they benefit children, youth and families. CIF programs also encourage active living and promote culture, sport and recreation for all Saskatchewan residents. The CIF is a Special Purpose Fund created through The Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation Act and governed by a volunteer Board appointed through the Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport. The two remaining application deadlines for the Community Vitality Program are April 1 and October 1, 2012. More information about the Community Initiatives Fund is available at: www.cifsask.org . -30- For more information, contact: Sharon Rodenbush Janice Wilby Community Initiatives Fund, Regina Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport, Regina Tel: 306.545.7137; Cel: 306.533.3699; Tel: 306.787.5781; Cel: 306.527.8152 Email: [email protected] Email: [email protected]

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