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Swift Current community groups to benefit from Sask Lotteries grant program

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A variety of community groups in Swift Current will receive funding from the Saskatchewan Lotteries grant program.

Swift Current City Council approved the final list of applicants and funding amounts during a regular council meeting, March 26.
The City Community Services division is responsible for administering and disbursing the funds received from Saskatchewan Lotteries.
“This grant program allows non-profit organizations, whose purpose is the delivery of sport, culture and recreation, the opportunity to secure funding to operate or advance the scope of their program,” Community Services General Manager Dean Robson said.
The funding amount for each community is determined by population numbers. Swift Current received a total of $107,281 to fund program activities in the community between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019.
Community Services received 59 applications from various organizations and the total value of these funding requests was $147,471.
“We have a set group within Community Services that goes through all the applications to make sure that they meet the Saskatchewan Lotteries community grant criteria as well as our own criteria,” he said.
“Then they get vetted and we take a recommendation to the Recreation and Parks Board, which is a community representative group of all areas and they provide comment, and if no concerns or issues, then that goes forth to a formal council meeting for approval.”
Fifty six applications were selected during the review process and the total available amount of $107,281 will be disbursed between these projects.
More applications were received this year than a year ago. There were 56 applications in 2017 and their total request was $137,000.
“So it varies by year and by need, and often if we have new groups we target them,” Robson mentioned. “We had sledge hockey and stuff coming out over the last few years. We would target for them. So they may get a bigger kick in the first couple of years and then just level off like everybody else.”
The organizations that will benefit from these funds during the next 12 months vary from local sports groups, for example for archery, baseball, curling, fencing, roller derby, seniors bowling, swim and wrestling, to cultural groups such as the Southwest Cultural Development Group (Lyric Theatre), the Mennonite Heritage Village, and the Swift Current and District Music Festival Association. Funding is provided to recreation organizations such as the Swift Current Duplicate Bridge Club, the Windscape Kite Club and various local seniors dance groups.
“What you also see in there is a large chunk of money goes to our own City programs,” he said. “We have professionals in place that run programs that have been recognized as very successful. The after-school program, working with The Center, summer play programs. So we have a number of funds in there that go direct to areas we know require assistance.”
The criteria for the grant program require that at least 30 per cent of the funding is targeted at under-represented populations such as indigenous people, women, seniors, youth at risk, persons with a disability, single-parent families, identifiable minorities and the economically disadvantaged.
Organizations that will receive funding in accordance with these requirements include SaskAbilities, the Swift Current branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Prairie Dog Métis Local 123, and the Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre.
Robson said the grant program is a great way to provide a wider benefit to people in Saskatchewan through the sale of lottery tickets.
“Even though you don't personally win, the province and the communities and the groups win,” he noted. “So that is a key factor. It's awesome.”

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