The AFC Board of Directors met in Halifax, Nova Scotia on May 17–18, 2023, and approved $245,000 in grants to 32 applicants in 19 Dioceses, bringing the 2023 grants total to date to $328,000. “All grant applicants were approved, unanimously, and loans totaling $182,000 were offered to applicants who requested additional financial support.”
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Bowcott points to the exemplary field of leaders across the Canadian church who have benefited from an AFC bursary in the pursuit of their doctoral level training. “Mrs. Boyce’s investment is paying great dividends…If you follow the pathway, you see how Ms. Boyce’s legacy is supporting leaders in the church who are in turn leaving a legacy.”
“Participants were offered the opportunity to learn the history of colonization and learn about the contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. The KAIROS Blanket Exercise gave them a much-needed safe space to talk about racial inequality with peers, and with Indigenous Elders.”
Since it was launched in 2021, Say Yes! to Kids (SYTK) has provided over $625,000 to more than 100 unique beneficiaries and fundraising partners in support of youth-focused ministry and outreach. All SYTK projects are different, but they share a common goal: to imagine more and to put that imagination into action to grow a brighter future for young people today.
The Anglican Foundation of Canada will be hosting its Annual General Meeting of members on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax at 7:30 p.m. Atlantic. This will be a hybrid meeting and will allow for attendance via the ZOOM platform at the same time (6:30 p.m. Eastern).
“We were drawn to supporting Brigadoon Village with this year’s Say Yes! to Kids campaign because we know how meaningful, even transformative, the camping experience can be for children with a significant medical challenge that often sets them apart from their peers,” says Cynthia Pilichos, Co-ordinator for the Diocese of Nova Scotia & PEI ACW.
Included in AFC’s Q1 grant cycle was a $15,000 grant to Church of the Holy Trinity in Toronto to help expand the much-needed Unity Kitchen Street Level Hub. This partnership-based outreach project grew out of the pandemic but continues to play an important role in poverty reduction and food security provision in Toronto’s Downtown East.
With the help of people from the congregation to serve as den mothers for the group and others to source podcasting equipment, the intergenerational team has braved the learning curve of podcasting together. “The youth choose the topics,” says the Rev. Jann Brooks, who wants as much as possible for the program to be fully youth-led.
And so, the work of the last 18 months comes to a conclusion—the last notes, the final bar line of this piece, but perhaps only the first movement of a new symphony that remains to be realized, as AFC’s strategic plan unfolds through the coming years. We hope that this newly realized grants program will encourage Anglicans with vision to seek out AFC support to bring their projects to fruition.