Grant Programs
The Guelph Community Foundation makes grants that promote and support community initiatives and non-profit charitable organizations. We bring local knowledge, experience and a network of community relationships to our grant making. We are able to see 'the big picture' and build on community strengths.

Visit the grants schedule below to view the type of applications that are currently being accepted. To ensure you do not miss a funding opportunity, we encourage community organizations to subscribe to our RSS feed or visit this web page monthly to view our granting schedule.

grants schedule
We invite charitable organizations to apply for grants to the following grant programs listed below. Please read the application guidelines to ensure that your organization qualifies for the programs being offered – as each program has specific criteria. In addition, please review the Eligibility information.

1) 2018 Children & Youth Summer Camp Program - OPENS THURSDAY FEBRUARY 1, 2018
Click to access our online application form.

Application Deadline : (Monday February 19, 2018 at 4:00 PM)
The Children & Youth Summer Camp Program provides grants (financial support) to organizations operating camps that help children and youth from financially disadvantaged families participate in the summer camp experience.  This grant is supported by several funds held at The Guelph Community Foundation, including the Bonnie Ewen Fund, and Camp Discover Fund.  If approved, grants typically range between $500 to $3,000.

Camp Application Guidelines
The Foundation will consider applications for support from camps that are operated by local not-for-profit organizations with a charitable registration number, and:
  • have a process in place to determine financial need;
  • provide day or overnight camping opportunities to children who reside in Guelph and surrounding communities and who are in need of financial assistance;
  • serve children from the community-at-large;
  • and/or serve children with special needs, or who are disadvantaged, or who are vulnerable because of their life circumstances (for example, physical or mental challenges, major illness, survivors or witness of violence).
2) 2018 Scholarship & Bursary Awards 
Through its scholarships and bursary funds, The Guelph Community Foundation (GCF) supports continuing education, training of promising students, and financial assistance for post secondary education.

For most GCF scholarships and bursaries, the selection process is managed directly by the educational institution.  Students are nominated by their institution and the grant is given to the educational institution, that in turn, gives it to the student.  A list of all GCF awards and scholarship funds appears in our Report to the Community each year.  Award availability may vary from year to year.

3) 2017 Community Grants - Congratulations to our 2017 Grant Recipients!
To view our 2017 Community Grants recipient list, please click here The Guelph Community Foundation supports local charitable organizations that develop community-building activities, programming and opportunities for children, youth, youth-at-risk, seniors, single mothers, families, the indigenous community and newcomers to Canada.  We are particularly interested in environmental, animal welfare, arts & culture, community & social services, education, child & youth, and health & wellness focused ideas.  In 2017 we will be granting over $66,000 through our Community Grants program!  For more information about Community Grants we have supported in the past, please click here.

For 2017 applications, we were interested in grant applications that develop community at a grassroots level.  Collaborative efforts with one or more additional partner is encouraged.  

4) 2017 Musagetes Grant Program  - Congratulations to our 2017 Musagetes Grant Recipients! To view list of recipients click here.

Click to access our online application form.
The Musagetes Fund is a donor advised fund within The Guelph Community Foundation.  Each year the fund looks for different types of projects, programs or activities that strenthen community through the arts.  For 2017, the Musagetes Fund was interested in organizations that engage a community-based partner with a connection to social justice, environmental resilience and/or intercultural relationships.  

Please refer to the 2017 Musagetes Grant Guidelines for specific criteria.

If you have an outstanding post-grant evaluation, you are ineligible for future granting programs until all requirements of past grants have been fulfilled.  
grant criteria
All applicants must review the General Application Guidelines to determine eligibility and to learn more about what we do and do not fund. Your organization should verify that it qualifies for the grant program prior to submitting an application. If you would like to discuss your project before completing an application, please contact our office.

to apply for a grant
On-line submission: 
We will be accepting select grant programs through an on-line grant application process. Those affected will have a link directed to the specific application. Before you begin, read through the important tips and the required information, then complete and submit your grant application. We encourage all charitable organizations to apply on-line. 
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Electronic submission:
If you would like to submit an application by email, please send it to our office. Within a few days you must receive a verification that it has been received, if you do not receive this verification, please contact our office.
Mail submission:
The Guelph Community Foundation, PO Box 1311, Guelph, ON  N1H 6N6

In-person submission (our location):
46 Cork Street East, Guelph, ON  N1H 2W8

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Did You Know ...
In 2008, 58.9% of individuals (12 yrs and over) living in the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph health region were considered moderately/physically active. In comparison, the provincial average is 49.5%. Since 2007, the physical activity rate has gone down 2.0% in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph. See our VitalSigns report to learn more.