Applications to the Anglican Healing Fund have reopened and are now online. With a new influx of funding, the Healing Fund can continue to support community projects that promote healing and reconciliation and address the legacy of the Indian residential school system.
The focus of the Healing Fund grants going forward is to fund community projects geared toward Indigenous language preservation or language recovery, as well as youth programs to help teach traditional ways to young people. Criteria for applying and additional information are available online.
The deadline for applications is March 1, 2018. Eligible projects must involve Indigenous people at the community grassroots level, with applicants based on a reserve or territory or part of an off-reserve Indigenous community-based program.
Following the deadline in March, the Healing Response Committee will meet at the end of April 2018 to review applications. Applicants who do not receive a grant are highly encouraged to apply again the following year.
The Healing Response Committee last met in April 2017, as funds from the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement that had supported the Anglican Healing Fund was coming to an end. With money from the settlement agreement spent, the Anglican Church of Canada established 2017 as a year of raising money for the Healing Fund. In January 2017, Archbishop and Primate Fred Hiltz announced that all undesignated funds raised through the General Synod’s annual Giving with Grace campaign would replenish the Healing Fund. The goal for the year was to raise $1 million, which would allow grants to be made by the Anglican Healing Fund for the next five years. Every dollar raised goes directly to the grant money; all administrative costs come out of the General Synod operating budget.
As of Nov. 21, the church has raised approximately $700,000 towards that goal. That total includes a $100,000 gift from the Diocese of Toronto, an $80,000 gift from the Diocese of Fredericton, money raised through Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, and $6,000 in donations made in the name of the late Archbishop Terence Finlay, a major supporter of the Anglican Healing Fund.