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Grants to British Columbia Charitable Organizations to
Meet the Needs of At-Risk Families and Children

Smart and Caring Community Grant

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Abbotsford Community Foundation (ACF)

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Grants of up to $15,000 to British Columbia charitable organizations for initiatives, programs, and projects that address social issues related to families and children at risk in eligible regions. Focus areas include food security, education, relief of poverty, physical well-being and personal safety, connections and engagement, housing, financial literacy, and mental health and wellness. Funded activities must benefit the residents of Abbotsford.

The goal is to fund projects that support equity, diversity, and inclusion, build resilience, and create opportunities for engagement with some of the community’s most vulnerable citizens.

The program, project or initiative outlined in the application must primarily benefit the citizens of Abbotsford and be delivered within the geographic boundaries of Abbotsford. Applications will be considered for projects which address one or more of the following:

  • Demonstrate innovative approaches that include specific goals to address local social issues specifically related to children and families at risk within the community, including but not limited to their needs for housing, food security, poverty reduction, education and mental health and wellness
  • Promote cooperation and collaboration between organizations
  • Promote volunteer participation to build organizational capacity for programs that address local social issues related to children and families at risk
  • Stimulate the participation of other funding partners

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143835

Estimated Size of Grant:

This year the maximum grant amount has increased to $15,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant request must be for a specific new project, program, or initiative and/or an enhancement of an existing project, program or initiative occurring within a defined period, typically commencing within 12 months following the application deadline; however, exceptions may be permitted.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, the applying organization must meet the following criteria:
- Be a registered charitable organization or other qualified donee as identified by the Income Tax Act, Sec 149.1(1)
- Make services available without discrimination as prohibited by the Canadian Human Rights Act

Grants are not available for:
- Paying down mortgages or reducing deficits
- Political and/or exclusively religious activities
- Retroactive funds for completed or partially completed projects
- An organization’s on-going or core operating expenses
- Office equipment or furniture

Pre-Application Information:

- February 14, 2022: Applications Open
- April 4, 2022: Applications Close (Applications received after this date will not be reviewed).
- April 30, 2022: Notification of Decision
- March 1, 2023: Smart & Caring Grant Project Evaluations due (unless otherwise stated in the grant agreement).

Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application within four weeks of the closing date.

Abbotsford Community Foundation will fund up to 60% of the total resources required for a project. In-kind contributions and/or cash contributions can be used to fund the remaining 40% balance.

An organization is eligible to apply for a Smart & Caring Community Grant to fund a project that has previously been awarded a grant from the Smart and Caring fund. However, the Smart & Caring Grant Project Evaluation Report must be received by the Abbotsford Community Foundation by March 1, 2022 to be eligible to apply for the 2022 funding stream.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications by email to:
Wendy Neufeld, Executive Director

If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Neufeld, Executive Director at 604-309-9274 or at the above email address.

Abbotsford Community Foundation
201-2890 Garden Street
Abbotsford, BC V2T 4W7

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