The CDF was designed to allow community groups and individuals the opportunity to put SaskLotteries money to use strategically in a manner best suited to their own local needs. For many grassroots groups a seemingly modest grant can be the catalyst for a remarkable amount of activity and for long-lasting results. The terms of reference have been consciously kept wide so as to encourage groups to develop projects that meet their specific needs.
Any resident of Saskatchewan or community group, regardless of membership or association with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, may apply for the CDF. The UCC-SPC Board reviews and votes on applications and funding allocations.
In recent years, the demand for CDF dollars has far exceeded available funds. In 2011, $30,135 in grant support was allocated with requests exceeding $40,000. The budgets of these projects and activities totalled more than $425,000. This represents only a small portion of the economic impact made by Saskatchewan’s Ukrainian community.
Serving our community is the highest priority for UCC-SPC. Traditional sources of funding are increasingly limited so new ways to meet community needs must be explored. UCC-SPC has undertaken the UCC-SPC Provincial 50-50 Lottery with the goal to significantly increase current CDF funding levels.
Only applications for support of uncompleted projects are accepted. Funds are released only upon successful completion of the project, submission of a final project financial statement and narrative written report. The reports are usually reproduced in the UCC-SPC magazine, Visnyk.
For an application form click here for Portable Document Format (102KB). Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded free here or contact the UCC-SPC office at 306.652.5850.
There are four deadlines for applications each year: March 1, May 1, September 1 and October 31.
Note that grants are normally not greater than $500. Groups and individuals with larger projects are encouraged to discuss the proposal ahead of time with the UCC-SPC Executive Director.
The CDF has been providing financial assistance to member groups, individuals and non-profit organizations since 1994. In recent years, UCC-SPC has provided more than $100,000 in CDF grants to worthy projects promoting Ukrainian culture. This program serves as the UCC-SPC's member funding mechanism.