They are three simple words—“Describe your project”—but they can be anxiety-inducing for anyone tasked with submitting a grant application. Dr. Scott Brubacher, the Anglican Foundation of Canada’s Executive Administrator, says he understands the tension well. “I have been on the applicant’s side of the process many times and have experienced the same nervousness myself. At AFC we love to say Yes! and work hard to help every eligible applicant be successful.”
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Can happiness and homework really go hand-in-hand? According to The Rev. J. Wesley Denyer, they truly can.“The kids love coming here,” says Denyer. “The look of joy you see on their faces is a huge reward.” The same is true for the club’s volunteers, many of them retirees drawn from the three Toronto churches that have helped to ensure the success of the program for more than ten years.
The Anglican Foundation of Canada is proud to support the revitalization of Indigenous languages. The Mentor–Apprentice Program was a 2020 AFC grant recipient. Here, in her own words, is one participant’s moving testimonial about the impact of this inspiring program.
Earlier this summer, we caught up with Arden Denyer-Willis, age 10, who made her broadcasting debut as narrator of the 10th and final episode of the Anglican Foundation of Canada’s Foundation Forward podcast. The extended season finale was based on Judy Rois’ 3rd children’s book Generous People are Everywhere.
AFC recognizes that in today’s fast-paced and complex environment, church leaders need to be versatile and have a broad range of knowledge to anticipate and lead change. They need to be authentic and reflective, collaborative, and inspirational. In 2020 AFC awarded $52,000 in bursaries for theological education to students enrolled in a variety of programs. Here are some of them.
As the world moves toward pandemic recovery, communities across the country are looking to the re-opening of churches as hubs for essential activities. For two spring 2021 grant recipients—St. John’s, Fort Smith, NT, and St. Brice’s, North Bay, ON—AFC grants for parish hall projects have been timely.