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Applications open for health foundation’s CAS Endowment


The Aberdeen Health Foundation is now accepting applications for the Children's Aid Society (CAS) Endowment.

Now in its sixth year, the CAS has contributed nearly $400,000 to community programs. There is $30,000 currently available to give out this time. Historically, funding is shared among several projects. Only registered charities and qualified donees are eligible. The deadline is Oct. 15.

Funding is open to community organizations and programs that are seeking to create transformational change in terms of their capacity to foster healthy outcomes for children, youth and families in Pictou County.

Projects that qualify include innovative programs, and training opportunities or workshops that help staff and volunteers build skills and increase impact. For this funding cycle, preference will be given to projects that particularly bolster and enhance mental health outcomes.

“The Aberdeen Health Foundation’s CAS Endowment helps organizations bring their most aspirational projects to life,” says Peter Bennett, Health Foundation director and chair of the CAS committee. “Our goal is to support organizations that are seeking to make transformational change in their organization’s ability to serve children and families in Pictou County and develop projects that will inspire their staff and volunteers.”

One such example is a project that was funded by CAS earlier this year. Kids First ‘Supporting African Nova Scotian Families,’ will help the organization fulfill its longstanding goal to better engage and serve the African Nova Scotian community. The support will help Kids First move from aspirational planning to concrete action. The organization has committed core funding to ensure delivery of culturally appropriate programs grounded in Afrocentric philosophy, led by African Nova Scotian staff.

Funding from the CAS Endowment will deliver specialized programming that will bolster community engagement work that needs to be done to build relationships and trust in the community. Programming includes a health expo, food mentoring, parenting support, personal development, and other programs that will help the African Nova Scotian community in Pictou County come together to share experiences immersed in cultural significance, and learn to navigate systems and other barriers that act to limit access to opportunities.

Other projects funded earlier this year by CAS include a music therapy program for Autism Pictou County, and enhancement of resources for the Child and Youth Program Room at Tearmann House.

Classroom-based school programs and capital projects such as buildings, parks and playgrounds are not eligible. However, student-led projects are welcome.

For more information or application forms, visit

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