Several southwest projects are benefiting from the province's recent round of Community Initiatives Funding (CIF).

With grants ranging from $2,500 to $25,000, the recent approved programs and initiatives around the southwest include things like breakfast programs at schools, counselling programs, language clubs, and skill development programs.

"By connecting individuals, families and communities with vital programming across the province, the Community Initiatives Fund enhances the quality of life for people in Saskatchewan," Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Laura Ross said in a release. "Our government is proud to support the Community Initiatives Fund. These grants strengthen important community programs, and we look forward to continuing this important relationship."

CIF receives a portion of the net revenues from casinos in Regina and Moose Jaw through the Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation and distributes the proceeds to support community-based projects across the province.

Through its latest application intake, 150 grants were approved totaling more than $2.4 million.

In the southwest region, that includes:

  • Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre Language Explorers Club receiving $25,000
  • Southwest Crisis Services Men's Outreach Counselling Program receiving $25,000
  • Saskatchewan Abilities Council Social Leisure Youth Program receiving $25,000
  • City Of Swift Current After School Program receiving $15,000
  • Success Daycare Preschool program receiving $2,500
  • Town of Shaunavon Better Together receiving $8,000
  • Grand Coteau Heritage and Cultural Centre Me Time Program receiving $3,000
  • Hodgeville Preschool Program Preschool Program receiving $5,500
  • Village of Hazlet South West Skills Development receiving $6,000
  • Gravelbourg and District Early Childhood Coalition Tot Spot receiving $12,000
  • Village of Frontier Southline Community Classes receiving $2,500
  • Unity Community Daycare After School Program receiving $9,000