South Saskatchewan Vital Community Fund

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We regret to inform you that the South Saskatchewan Vital Community Fund (formerly known as the Smart & Caring Fund) grant opportunity is being postponed for 2023 due to an insufficient amount of funds to disburse. We anticipate the grant opportunity to return for the regular scheduled deadline in 2024.

In the absence of this grant opportunity for 2023. We encourage charities to submit requests for funding through SSCF’s public grant catalogue.

Please Note: Guidelines and Criteria may change prior to the application process opening for the May 15, 2024 deadline.
The application process will be open in our Online Grant Portal March 1, 2024.

If you have barriers with applying or reporting through SSCF’s Online Grant Portal please contact us as soon as possible to discuss alternatives.


Guidelines and Criteria

The South Saskatchewan Community Foundation (SSCF) grants to charitable activities that promote and enhance vibrant, healthy and caring communities in south Saskatchewan. The purpose of the South Saskatchewan Vital Community Fund is to allow the SSCF to respond to areas of focus identified in its current Vital Signs Report.

The Vital Signs research identifies Belonging as the top community indicator, and six emerging issues:


1) Sustaining rural communities;

2) Drug abuse and addiction;

3) Safety in communities;

4) Racism towards new immigrants and Indigenous peoples

5) Homelessness and affordable housing; and

6) Mental health.


A grant up to a maximum of $5000 may be awarded to successful applicants.

(Activities must take place in south Saskatchewan: from Davidson west to the Alberta border, east to the Manitoba border, and south to the United States border.)

How to Apply

Application Checklist

To be considered a complete application, the following documentation must be received by SSCF by the deadline (May 16, 2022 – 11:45pm):

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