Quality of Life is our core unrestricted grants program.
Thousands of donors over the Saskatoon Community Foundation’s 50 year history have given so that our foundation will have the flexibility to address the most important and pressing community opportunities. These grants are supported not only by thousands of smaller donations which make up the Give YXE Fund, but also many endowed funds for which the donors have given the Foundation discretion to make granting decisions. To support the Quality of Life grants program, you may make a gift to Give YXE.
2021 Grant Recipients
Congratulations to all of the organizations receiving 2021 Quality of Life grants. They are:
- Northern Saskatchewan International Children’s Festival – Nutrien Children’s Festival of Saskatchewan;
- Saskatoon Council on Aging Inc. – Senior and Youth Connections;
- READ Saskatoon – Star Light Star Bright Family Literacy Program;
- Meewasin Valley Authority – Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Land-Based Education;
- Saskatoon Indian and Métis Friendship Centre – Berbasthi si – Dene for “I am hungry”;
- Sum Theatre Corp. – Theatre in the Park;
- Care & Share Saskatoon – Babysitter Program;
- Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op – Skills Building;
- Station 20 West – Keeping Station 20 West Safe During a Pandemic;
- Crocus Cooperative – Transitional Employment Program;
- CHEP Good Food – Askîy Youth Internship Program;
- Saskatoon Downtown Youth Centre/Egadz – Action To Employment;
- CMHA Saskatoon – Wellness Hub and For Youth by Youth;
- Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Service – Mobile Crisis;
- Persons Living with Aids Network – Ways of Knowing;
- Prairie Harm Reduction – Drop-In Centre;
- SWITCH – Switch Kids;
- STR8 UP Community Outreach – 10,000 Little Steps to Healing;
- Reconciliation Saskatoon – Pathways Forward;
- Build Up Saskatoon; and
- Elizabeth Fry – The Circle of Strength Sharing Circle.
Our current strategic focus is Belonging.
Everyone deserves to be part of a community where they feel they belong. Saskatoon Community Foundation supports projects which seek to support, enhance and increase a strong sense of belonging in the community. Registered charities are encouraged to submit requests for support of projects fostering Belonging in Saskatoon in three main areas of focus:
Does your project address directly or indirectly any of the 94 Calls to Action identified by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission? Does your project reflect an awareness of issues affecting relationships among indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians?
2. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Does your project improve inclusiveness among diverse cultures or demographic groups? Does it seek to improve equity for a particular segment of the community, or improve the community’s understanding of issues around equity? Does it promote cross-cultural tolerance or understanding? Does it value and celebrate our diversity?
3. Youth Engagement
How does your project or program engage youth to be included more effectively in Saskatoon’s community life?
The Quality of Life Grants program can still support projects which touch on its traditional areas of focus: Arts and Culture, Education, Environment, Health, Social Development, and Capacity Building. However, projects should now be presented in terms of their impact on Belonging.
Before you apply
Please review our Granting Policy and Quality of Life Granting Terms of Reference prior to applying.
Note: In accordance with federal regulations, the Foundation considers applications from registered charities and qualified donees, as defined by the Income Tax Act. A registered not for profit organization is not necessarily a registered charity. Questions about registered charity status can be answered by the Canada Revenue Agency at 1-800-267-2384 or www.cra-arc.gc.ca. Organizations which are not qualified donees must partner with qualified donees in order to seek funding. The partnership must be one in which the qualified donee organization can present the programming as part of its charitable mission, serve as the recipient of grant funds and be accountable for their use.
Deadline for Letters of Intent to Apply for Quality of Life Grants is February 1st at 5:00 p.m. each year.
Deadline for full applications (if requested) is March 1st at 5:00 p.m. each year.