Rob Dickson, Chair of the Grants Policy Working Group, says the new and much larger Category C grants have the potential to be a game-changer for smaller dioceses. “The opportunity to submit a $50,000 grant request is well-suited to a diocese that may have the capacity to bring only one project per year, but a transformational project the entire diocese can rally around.”
“The Board had originally authorized $100,000 for the RFP, thanks to a generous bequest AFC received earlier this year to support Indigenous Ministries. However, during the grant review process it became clear that we needed to release a greater amount from this bequest to support these worthy projects.”
“This year, the Grants Policy Working Group undertook a major review of our granting policies in light of the Board’s desire to provide greater impact and to drive transformational ministry across the Canadian Church,” says Dr. Scott Brubacher, Executive Director. The resulting recommendations focus on three key areas.
Many of the children in the program were struggling with ADHD, anxiety, depression, family illness, divorce and understanding their gender and sexual identity. Sandra Clarke says, “Our team did their best to create a non-judgemental environment where all the children could benefit, feel included and supported in their choices.”
Emily Fontana says percussion was a good starting point because the instruments, thanks to their accessibility and shareability, are ideal for group participation and experimentation. “Right now, we are going by instinct and being highly responsive to where the kids want to go with this. My job is to make a safe happy space where these children can grow and achieve things.”
“An increasing number of Canadian churches are proving to be both community-minded and entrepreneurial,” says Michelle Hauser, Development & Communications Officer for AFC. “Almost daily we see grant reports that impress and amaze us. This knowledge and experience can and should be transferrable.
“The kids donned their bee suits and bravely went inside the hive. We spent about an hour inside and all the kids were able to collect a little honey from the hive…parents were happy to see their kids having fun and loved the program for bridging learning, science, and talking about God’s creation.”
The Anglican Foundation of Canada and St. Anne’s Anglican Church, Toronto, are pleased to invite friends in the Greater Toronto Area to attend a Choral Evensong and the closing night exhibition of “NetherMind – Elegy” on Wednesday, November 16. The exhibition has been generously funded by a grant from the George & Esther Snell Trust.
Over the next year, under the guidance of the Rev. Mark Whittall, Incumbent, these students will commit to living together as part of their faith journey. As members of this intentional community, they also commit to supporting one another in their spiritual, work, and academic life.