The Anglican Foundation of Canada (AFC) awarded more than $1 million in grants in 2021, a total that Executive Director Scott Brubacher calls “extraordinary” and potentially the largest in the foundation’s 64-year history. .
A precise figure was not yet available because Anglican newspaper was going to go to press, but Brubacher confirmed the total was just over $1 million. By comparison, he said, the foundation typically awards between $700,000 and $800,000 a year. This year’s higher total follows CAF disbursing nearly $650,000 in grants and scholarships to 110 recipients during its fall grant cycle.
Disbursements during a specific grant cycle normally average between $200,000 and $300,000, he added. “It was much bigger than that, and a lot of it was down to the Say yes! to children call for proposals. »
The AFC launched its Say yes! to children campaign in April to fund post-pandemic ministry programs for children and youth. The campaign exceeded its goal of $100,000 and had raised more than $110,000 by its official end on June 30.
In response to Say yes! to children, the foundation received 84 applications for post-pandemic youth programs with a total request of approximately $518,000. Donations enabled AFC to fund 94% of these applications, awarding more than $468,000 to 79 grantees during the fall grant cycle.
An AFC press release described the disbursements as “the largest one-time investment in youth-focused ministry the Canadian church has seen.” The grants will fund youth ministry in areas such as resilience and mental health, faith formation, hunger and poverty relief, educational enrichment, arts and music, technology, outdoor recreation and Indigenous reconciliation.
In addition to grants for youth ministry, the foundation provided a range of regular grants during its fall cycle. The funds were allocated to areas such as church repair, community ministry programs, theological leadership, and Indigenous education and ministries.