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Saskatoon Community Foundation Announces 2018 Quality of Life Grants

June 12, 2018

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Saskatoon Community Foundation Announces 2018 Quality of Life Grants


On June 12, 2018, 4:30 pm at Persephone Theatre, the Saskatoon Community Foundation will host “Many Voices Together,” a celebration of its 2018 grants from the Quality of Life Grants Program and the Community Fund for Reconciliation. (Note that the grants from the Community Fund for Reconciliation were announced at the Reconciliation Flag Raising at City Hall on May 29, 2018. Funded projects include the Rock Your Roots Walk for Reconciliation, the ConnectR Program, and programs to engage employers and newcomers in reconciliation. For more details, see the media release.)


The Quality of Life Grants Program


Quality of Life Grants is the Saskatoon community foundation’s core grants program, which includes donor funds which grant to various fields of interest, as well as the many funds donors for which donors have given the Foundation discretion to respond to the emerging needs of the community. In 2018, in response to community data from our 2017 Vital Signs report and other sources, the Saskatoon Community Foundation’s Board of Directors chose to strategically focus on supporting belonging, reconciliation and social inclusion through the 2018 grants.

According to SCF Executive Director Carm Michalenko, “The Quality of Life Grants Program has always served a broad range of needs in the community. Our donors have trusted the Foundation to assess the most emergent needs and grant to address those issues, and the evidence tells us we can make our best impact by focusing on diversity and inclusion.”

For Grants Committee Chair Curtis Kimpton, the challenge was to respond the needs of many applicants, while also making a measureable impact on belonging: “By setting reconciliation, belonging, and inclusion as our focus, we wanted to encourage all applicants to think about how they could be incorporating these ideas into their core work. Many of the grants we made, such as our support for the Wîcihitowin Conference, had a direct focus on reconciliation, but just as many were projects which revealed a broader awareness becoming part of the core programs of community organizations.”



2018 Quality of Life Grants:

Organization Name Project Name Grant
John Arcand Fiddle Fest Inc. John Arcand Fiddle Fest $5,000.00
Persephone Theatre Inclusivity Program $9,000.00
FASD Network FASD Support Worker $20,000.00
Care & Share Saskatoon Inc. Babysitter Program $9,000.00
Saskatoon Community Youth Arts Programming Inc. Enhancing Cultural Connections & Celebrating Diversity Through Art $5,000.00
Cental Urban Metis Federation Incorporated. Bent But Never Broken $20,000.00
Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre (SFBLC) Garden Patch Engagement and Education Programs $10,000.00
Community First Development Fund of Saskatoon Inc. Build Up Saskatoon $20,000.00
Sexual Health Centre Saskatoon Tell It Like It Is! $12,500.00
Family Service Saskatoon Calming the Volcano Within $20,000.00
AKA Artist-run Locals Only $4,500.00
Northern Saskatchewan International Children’s Festival 30th Annual Children’s Festival of Saskatchewan – “The Land” $5,000.00
Sum Theatre Corp. Theatre in the Park 2018 $20,000.00
Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Foundation-St Marys Summer Camp St Mary’s Summer Camp $5,000.00
The Saskatoon Downtown Youth Centre Inc./EGADZ Action to Employment $20,000.00
Creative Kids Canada Inc Creative Kids Saskatoon – Social Inclusion through Creative Participation $15,000.00
United Way of Saskatoon Wîcihitowin – Indigenous Engagement Conference and Speakers Series $20,000.00
STR8 UP 10,000 Little Steps to Healing Inc. Moving Forward $20,000.00
Saskatchewan Intercultural Association Community Reconciliation Education for Diversity (CRED) Project $20,000.00
The Micah Mission Reconciliation and Reintegration $10,000.00
Persons Living with AIDS Network of Saskatchewan. Inc. PLWA Community Engagement Coordinator $12,776.00
Station 20 West Saskatoon Mothers’ Centre Indigenous Prenatal Educator/Birth Doula Training Program $20,000.00

For more information or to arrange interviews, media may contact:

Carm Michalenko, Executive Director

Saskatoon Community Foundation

P: 306-665-1766



Don Ewles, Grants and Communications Manager

Saskatoon Community Foundation

P: 306-665-1767