The SCAA's Grant Committee
would like to say thank you to all who submitted project proposals to the 2016-17
Institutional Grants Program.
We received 16 applications representing 15 institutions. Requests for 2016-17 funding included:
- supply purchases and recommended facility renovations, to properly store archival material;
in conjunction to those projects
- description and re-description projects, to assure things are up to standards and able to create good finding aids
- digitization projects, to help members contribute to the SAIN database
All of this reflects the work being done in the province to help preserve and share these important pieces of our culture.
- promotional projects, will help archives "show off" their collections to the public
all national assets, archives are the most precious; they are the gift
of one generation to another and the extent of our care of them marks
the extent of our civilization"
Sir Arthur Doughty, Dominion Archivist, 1904-1935
SCAA Grants Committee Chair;
Tammy Donahue Buziak, (North Battleford Historic Archives)
For those who received a 2015-16 Institutional Grant
Please be sure your Final Reports and Letters of Thanks are completed
The "final report form" and an example of a "letter of thanks" have both been posted below
If your institution received a grant for a purchase or project to be completed in the 2015-16 fiscal year, April 2015 - March 2016, please download the "2015-16 final report form" and the example of the "letter of thanks" below and complete them.
your project is complete and/or your purchase has been made you may
complete the report and letter at any time, though the report is not
finally due until May 31, 2016.
Be aware that
if your institution has to applied for a 2016-2017 SCAA grant, its dispersal
may be delayed until the SCAA office has received notice of the
completion of the report and letter.For those who received a 2015-16 Institutional Grant please download the following forms:
The SCAA’s new Diversity Initiative
2014-15, the Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists was
chosen as one of five organizations to take part in SaskCulture’s
Diversity Pilot Project. SaskCulture states very clearly in their
Strategic Plan that its aim is to ensure that “cultural opportunities
are inclusive, responsive and reflective of the changing face of the
province”, and the groups that it funds must “…re-assess, re-think and
re-vamp to ensure they offer the most inclusive programs and services –
engaging increasingly diverse members, participants, volunteers and
audiences”. It was hinted that future funding could be contingent upon
adopting these ideals – that got our attention! So, to this end, over
the past year, members of the SCAA Executive have been meeting with a
consultant to, first of all, understand what diversity means to us, and
secondly, investigate ways to bring about a more diverse SCAA. We were
advised that SaskCulture was primarily focusing on two groups; First
Nations/Metis, as well as new Canadians, but, as we all know, there are
many other groups and communities in the province that would be
appropriate in any discussion about diversity. For more information on
the SaskCulture, Strategic Plan, 2015-2019, go to http://www.saskculture.ca/content/generic_atoms/titlefilecaption-files/SaskCulture2015_SP_web.pdf.
recent years, the Grants component of the SCAA has been very well
subscribed, and members have come to rely on these funds for many
projects. This was one area where the Executive felt that the Council
could possibly “nudge” our members into coming up with projects that
would fall under this diversity umbrella. We (the executive) discussed
how the term diversity applies to archives and our members; we believe
that it could apply to both users/researchers, as well as holdings.
Proposals that focused on bringing about greater inclusion in the
community, or projects related to individuals or groups that are
relevant to those of a diverse culture would be regarded favourably by
the Grants Committee.
The idea of diversity and inclusivity is a
product of our changing society in Saskatchewan. The SCAA, in an effort
to be relevant and accessible to all the people in the province, is
hoping to incorporate these ideals into our day-to-day operations. Look
for future diversity initiatives including training opportunities and
workshops to be announced over the coming year. One of our main goals is
to bring the history of the province to as many people as possible.
The diversity ideal may be one of our most effective tools to do this.
The deadline for complete project proposals is 5:00pm (Sask. Time) January 22, 2016.
Use these tools if you need help
Project time guidelines .pdf
Then, by the time specified, please send an electronic copy of your completed application to:
Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists
Cameron Hart, Archives Advisor
Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists
It will be adjudicated by the SCAA Grants Committee