Our role as a grant maker is to build connections between donors and the charitable sector. We build these connections through the generosity of donors who provide financial support by directing their gift to various types of endowment funds. Our funds help people invest in the causes they care about most.
Through our grants program, we seek to...
~ honour the diversity of our community
~ build a stronger, healthier & safer community for all citizens
~ inspire a positive & enduring impact in our community
who can apply
Applications are invited from community organizations, agencies and institutions within Guelph and surrounding communities. Grants are disbursed to a wide range of registered charities and applicants must be recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency. Organizations that are NOT a registered Canadian charity can speak to the staff at The Foundation about their project and qualifications.
we fund qualified projects
Before filling out a grant application, visit our grant schedule
which will tell you the types of applications we are accepting and the deadline for each program. While each grant program has its own specific criteria, this page and
our General Grant Guidelines
can provide some insight to eligibility.
We fund eligible organizations that:
-Have registered charitable status with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Your charitable registration number must be provided. (Note: if your organization does not have registered charitable status, you may wish to establish a formal agency relationship, under written agreement, with a registered Canadian charity. The registered Canadian charity must provide direction and control over the project as per CRA bulletin June 20, 2011 CG 2004.)
-Provide services within Guelph and surrounding communities;
-Make services available without discrimination;
-Demonstrate fiscal and management responsibility, and financial need.
The Foundation is committed to seeding, nurturing, supporting and strengthening our community in the following categories:
~ Arts & Culture
~ Animal Welfare
~ Children, Youth & Seniors
~ Health & Wellness
~ Social Services
grant recipients are selected in two ways
1. Designated or suggested by the fund holder; or
2. Recommended to our Board of Directors by The Foundation's Grants Committee.
As a requirement for receiving funds, all grant recipients must complete a grant evaluation
. This enables The Foundation to assess the outcome of each grant and this is essential to learning and improving. This information is shared with donors on an annual basis.
inspiring change and making a difference
We recognize that there is no magic formula to address the many issues that affect the health and well-being of our community. We are a diverse community with many registered charities and we are faced with the challenge of deciding where best to provide our granting dollars, in order to build upon the assets of our community and achieve lasting impact. As a result, we are not able to support every request we receive.
We believe, however, that being an effective and dynamic grant maker is more than just about making good grants. It is also about strengthening our community by working with other funders, acting as a sounding board, being a convener for people and a catalyst for change. We strive to continually improve our skills as grant makers through a granting program that is balanced, flexible, creative and responsive.