P.O Box 100 – Saddle Lake, AB (T0A-3T0)
Toll Free: 1-800-396-2167
Main Contact: George Cardinal
January 19, 2001, the Alberta First Nations and the Alberta Government created a policy
(First Nations Gaming Policy) to regulate the grant funds, i.e., (slot machine revenue) generated from the Alberta Host First Nation Casinos. The FNDFGP is similar to Alberta’s Charitable Gaming model in that it supports and meets the needs of the First Nation communities. Effective, October 2007, Alberta’s First Nations are eligible to apply to the FNDFGP to access grant funding for community, economic and social development use. The lottery sector grant funding is shared among the Alberta First Nations and is distributed on a formula funding basis as per the following:
SLOT MACHINE REVENUE – DISTRIBUTION FORMULA:
-30% is distributed as follows – 15% to operator and 15% to charities
-30% is distributed to traditional Alberta Lottery Fund initiatives
-40% is distributed to the FNDFGP – of this amount 75% is available to the Host First Nations and 25% is shared among Alberta’s First Nations communities
The Lottery Program will administer its business affairs in accordance with the following guiding principles.
TREATY RIGHTS ADVOCACY
The Saddle Lake Lottery sector is committed to protect the Treaties and to ensure that they are not abrogated or derogated in an shape form or manner.
The Saddle Lake Lottery sector is committed to be accessible at all times throughout the course of regular business hours and as required to achieve its mandate.
The Saddle Lake Lottery sector is committed to administer it business affairs in a professional and accountable manner in accordance with the terms and conditions of the FNDFGP and as per established accounting principles and practices.
The Saddle Lake Lottery sector is committed to improving the Saddle Lake Cree Nations community, economic and social development sectors.
The Saddle Lake Lottery sector is committed to cooperate with the Saddle Lake Cree Nation for the benefit of the community.
The Saddle Lake Lottery sector is committed to support and protect the Cree Culture, Language and traditions.
FAIRNESS & EQUALITY
The Saddle Lake Lottery sector is committed to administer its business affairs in a fair and equitable manner for the benefit of the community and its members.
The Saddle Lake Lottery sector is committed to compliment the self-determination mandate of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation.
ELIGIBILITY & INELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
The following criteria will be implemented to ensure that the grant funds are administered in a fair and equitable manner.
The grant applicant must comply with all of the following eligibility criteria to be eligible to apply for grant proceeds.
The applicant must be recognized by the Tribal Administration as a broad-based not-for profit organization that represents the community at large.
The applicant must provide copies of incorporation or other documentation to show how their organization is structured.
The grant applicant must designate a duly authorized representative who possesses signing and decision making authority to sign off on the Funding Agreement.
The grant applicant must provide a written declaration that shows how the proposed activity will benefit the community
The applicant must comply with the application process. Those applicants who take their request directly to the Tribal Administration will be referred back to the Lottery Program to follow proper application protocol.
The applicant must enter into a funding agreement with the Lottery Program prior to any grant proceeds being disbursed as supported by a Band Council Resolution (BCR).
The applicant must expend the grant proceeds as requested and must provide receipts for all expenditures that totals 100% of the disbursed amount.
The proposed activity must be carried within the Saddle Lake Cree Nation reserve boundaries.
A statement if the grant proceeds are to be used for the purpose of business development. The applicant must obtain approval from a quorum of five (5) Chief and Council members for business investment.
The applicant must submit an end of project report to the Lottery Program within 30 days of completion of the activity.
The applicant must agree to absolve the Saddle Lake Tribal Administration from 100% liabilities and encumbrances that may arise from the proposed activity for all time.
The grant applicant must provide a detailed funding proposal that includes the following information:
•Contact information, i.e., (applicants legal name, address, phone #, fax, email, name of the person delegated with signing authority).
•Title/name of the proposed activity and the location where the activity where it will be carried out.
•Description of why the proposed activity is important to the community and that there is no member self-interest.
•The start date and completion date of the proposed activity.
•A statement that clearly shows how the proposed activity meets the eligibility criteria (community, economic or social development).
•A statement if the proposed activity involves land, facilities, or programming that is under the direction or ownership of another party at arms length and a statement from the other party to show that they are in support.
•A statement if the grant applicant has received professional advices, i.e., (Consultant, Accountant, Service Providers etc.) pertaining to the development of the proposed activity.
•A list of all funding sources, i.e., (Band funds, Federal, etc.). Specify the amount(s) and the date(s) the funding will be received.
•A statement of how many persons will benefit from the proposed activity and contact information if possible.
•A statement that shows how the proposed activity is distinct or unique from other community-based activities.
•A budget that shows the requested amount, use of funds, invoices for purchases, name of the individual responsible for preparing the budget & maintaining reports.
Grant applications will be deemed ineligible if any of the following ineligible criteria have been identified within the funding application.
To finance the development, acquisition and maintenance of a gaming facility, i.e., (Casino, Bingo Hall etc.) and equipment is deemed ineligible.
A per capita distributions (a general distribution of money or other property, whether directly or indirectly and/or on a per capita basis) is deemed ineligible.
To provide security, i.e., (Loan guarantee) is deemed ineligible.
To subsidize larger Programs who possess the financial capacity for the purpose being requested are deemed ineligible to apply for grant funding.
Individual or personal requests are deemed ineligible to apply for grant funding.
Entrepreneur (small business) requests are deemed ineligible to apply for grant funding with the exception of Saddle Lake Cree Nation business investment.
Activities that will take place outside of the Saddle Lake reserve boundaries are deemed ineligible to apply for grant funding.
If the applicant has received funding support from the prior fiscal year the applicant is ineligible to apply for funding support for the subsequent new fiscal year. One full must elapse between each application, (example, applicant received funding support in 2008, the applicant is ineligible to apply for funding support until 2010).
If the applicant does not adhere to the mandatory requirements, i.e., (mid-project, and end of project reports) the applicant is deemed ineligible to apply for future funding.