SaskCulture: e-Update for April 15, 2020

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SaskCulture E-Update

April 15, 2020

SaskCulture E-Update Poll - Results
SaskCulture wanted to know how you were staying culturally connected while social distancing. Over 60% of respondents identified online movie or television services as their main activity, followed by 53% of respondents identifying offline hands-on activities at home. See the full results here.
#GivingTuesdayNow - May 5, 2020
Creative Kids will be participating in #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5 as it is an opportunity for people around the world to stand together in unity--to use their individual power of generosity to remain connected. We appreciate all Saskatchewan local artists and our service providers who are ensuring all Creative Kids students stay creative and connected during these hard times. We understand that these are trying times for everyone but if you’d like to support kids’ participation in arts and culture, you can consider making a donation to Creative Kids on May 5. By donating to Creative Kids, you are also supporting many arts and cultural workers in Saskatchewan. Let’s keep #SaskKids healthy, active and creative! Click here to donate.
Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to be Expanded
The Federal Government announced today that the CERB program will be expanded to workers who are earning less than $1,000 a month (including contract and gig workers) as well as seasonal employment workers who cannot find work due to COVID-19. Artists who receive payments from royalties and gig honorariums are eligible for CERB, provided they meet the other eligibility requirements. Those who are running out of EI benefits will also be eligible to apply for CERB. More information can be found here.
Saskatchewan Nonprofit Partnership (SNP) COVID-19 Impact Survey Report
The Saskatchewan Nonprofit Partnership recently released the results of its survey, conducted between March 27 and April 3, 2020, around the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on non-profit organizations in the province. Of the 522 responses, reduced revenues was identified as having a major impact for respondents: 73% of organizations were concerned about reduced fundraising revenue, and 57% were concerned about reduction in sales or fee revenues. A further 65% identified key impacts around disruption of services. And, 50% identified they were facing or anticipate facing human resource challenges, for both staff and volunteers needing to work remotely. The wish list for moving forward included: bridge funding, enhanced internet access; rent subsidization, flexibility in funding, reduced minimum requires for accessing federal and provincial subsidies, access to assistance or counselling programs, and access to training and resources on safety protocols. You can find the report here.
Saskatchewan Arts Alliance (SAA) COVID-19 Impact Survey
The SAA is asking artists and cultural workers to take a moment and provide information on how the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting them. The survey is focused on mitigation plans proposed by the levels of government, and whether those plans are reaching the arts and culture community. Click here to take the survey.
Employers - Canada Eases Access to 75% Wage Subsidy
The federal government noted that it will offer additional flexibility for the revenue loss calculation to registered charities and non-profit organizations. As well, the government announced employers eligible for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy will be entitled to receive a 100% refund for certain employer-paid contributions to Employment Insurance, the Canada Pension Plan, the Quebec Pension Plan, and the Quebec Parental Insurance Plan. More information about the wage subsidy can be found here.
LEAN Canada - Leadership Emergency Arts Network Announced
LEAN is a Canada-wide grassroots, pro bono response network to help Canadian professional non-profit arts organizations (big and small) deal with what's happened due to the COVID-19 outbreak. LEAN is looking for volunteer advisers to provide a minimum of 5 hours per week of one-on-one services to organizations who need it. If your organization could benefit from speaking with an adviser, click here to learn more.
Cameco Announces $1 Million COVID-19 Relief Fund
Cameco has announced a $1 Million COVID Relief Fund for Saskatoon and Northern Saskatchewan. Grants are available for charities, not for profits, town offices and First Nation band offices that have been impacted by COVID-19. Funds must be used to help with the challenges of COVID-19 and can be directed to ongoing program support, targeted COVID-19 community response or specialized programs. Funds cannot be used for primarily staff salaries. The deadline for applications is midnight April 28th, 2020. More information can be found here.
CBC Creative Relief Fund Announced
The CBC has launched the CBC Creative Relief Fund to provide immediate, urgent support to Canadian creators. Funding is available across three targeted streams (Innovation, Playwright Pilot, Short Docs) with up to $2 million available in funding. For more information, or to apply, click here.
National Volunteer Week - April 19 - 26, 2020
Next week is National Volunteer Week; even with the changes to organizations happening due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many organizations still rely on the support and expertise of a dedicated group of volunteers. SaskCulture is acknowledging the contributions of volunteers from across the province by doing a highlight of some great Saskatchewan volunteers. Look for some profiles to be shared on our website and social media channels next week.

Breaking Attendance Barriers: Why People with Interest Do Not Visit
When: Tuesday, April 21 - 2:00pm EST
Where: Culture Days Zoom Webinar
Registration is free of charge. Click here to register.
How to Fund That Project
When: Wednesday, April 22 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Where: Webinar
Free for CARFAC members; non-members $25. Click here to register.
Social Media Essential Skills
When: Thursday, April 23 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: Zoom Meeting Webinar; link will be sent to those registered.
Registration required; click here to register.
Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion
Until May 31, 2020 CCDI is offering complimentary access to their webinars for anyone. To find a full list of webinars, and to register, click here.
SaskCulture Grants

Multicultural Initiatives Fund - Project
Apply before April 30, 2020

Aboriginal Arts and Culture Leadership Grant
Apply before April 30, 2020

Métis Cultural Development Fund
Apply before May 15, 2020

Cameco Creative Kids Northern Cultural Fund
Apply before June 30, 2020

Culture Days Hub Sponsorship
Postponed until further notice.

Other Grants

LGBTQ2S Community Capacity Fund
Deadline April 30

Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation
Deadline April 30

SPRA Community Cultural Diversity Inclusion Grant
Deadline May 1

Deadline On-Going; 26 week service standard

April 22

Promoting Cultural Diversity Through Food

April 18, 2020 | Communications Chair

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