The Abbotsford Community Foundation is accepting applications for its Smart and Caring Grants program for charities that help children and families at risk, as well as for those that assist individuals facing homelessness. (Submitted photo)

The Abbotsford Community Foundation is accepting applications for its Smart and Caring Grants program for charities that help children and families at risk, as well as for those that assist individuals facing homelessness. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford Community Foundation offers $143K in grants to local charities

Applications open to organizations helping homeless and at-risk kids, families

Applications for the Abbotsford Community Foundation’s (ACF) Smart and Caring Community Grants program and 2021 Housing Grants program are now being accepted.

The ACF this year has $125,000 to distribute to registered charities for projects or programs that help children and families at risk in Abbotsford.

“This is a record-breaking amount of funding and we couldn’t be more excited to reinvest this money into our very own community,” said Denise Thandi, chair of the community grants committee.

Also available is $18,000 in grants for organizations that provide assistance for individuals facing homelessness in Abbotsford. The ACF Housing Grants are available every second year.

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Applications are reviewed by the community grants committee, which is composed of six community members.

“This group of dedicated volunteers devotes countless hours to thoroughly review each application before determining which organizations will be selected to receive funding,” Thandi said.

ACF board chair Andrea Senft said more than $700,000 in grants has been distributed since 2013.

Funds are raised for the Smart and Caring Community Grants program in a variety of ways, including the annual charity golf tournament, this year being held on Sept. 16.

Registration for the sixth annual Golf Classic is now open. Golfers are encouraged to secure their spot, as the event always sells out early.

Guidelines and applications are available online at abbotsfordcf.org. The deadline to apply for a grant of up to $10,000 is March 31.