Mary Wakefield Animal Welfare Grant:
Every fall we invite local animal welfare charities to submit proposals for funding and the representatives of this fund review these applications and allocate the funds. For 2017 we have $ 13,000 available.
In 2016 grants were issued to the Canadian Animal Rescue & Extended Shelter Society (CARES) for their Trap, Neuter & Release Program and to the Horse Protection Society of BC for their Paying Forward Project.
Neighborhood Spirit Small Grants:
Abbotsford Community Foundation is pleased to partner with the Vancouver Foundation and the City of Abbotsford for the second year in a row to provide up to $15,000 for our community’s Neighborhood Spirit Grants Program. The creativity of people in our community reflected in the projects funded last year and those proposed this year is amazing.
The City is to be commended for initiating this program that makes it possible for small groups of volunteers to implement projects that bring people together for a common good – whether its hosting a neighborhood gathering or painting a mural – these projects bring people together so people can meet their neighbors and make connections with them that will last long after the project or event is over. This year’s projects range from community safety programs, neighbourhood beautification, and an anti-bullying day ran by youth in a local neighbourhood, as well as a neighbourhood building their own community gathering space. There were 17 applications, and 13 projects approved, project values which reflect donated time, cash, labour, and supplies equaling $49,760.00.
Youth Philanthropy Initiative:
Abbotsford Community Foundation is pleased to partner with Youth and Philanthropy Initiative Canada to fund a program at WJ Mouat high school where students research and then present a case to a panel of judges for a local charity to receive $5000 for their programs. Funding for the 2017-18 school year has been approved and the successful charity will be selected in the spring of 2018.