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
and build on community strengths.
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.
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
1) 2018 Children & Youth Summer Camp Program - CLOSED
To view the list of recipients for the summer of 2018 please click here.
Application Deadline : (closed on 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:
2) 2018 Scholarship & Bursary Awards
- 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).
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) 2018 Community Grants - OPENS JUNE 8, 2018. Deadline to submit is Friday July 20th at 4:00 PM
Please check back again soon for 2018 granting guidelines and a link to our 2018 application form.
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. In 2017 we were particularly interested in environmental, animal welfare, arts & culture, community & social services, education, child & youth, and health & wellness focused ideas. In 2017 we granted over $66,000 through our Community Grants program! For more information about Community Grants we have supported in the past, please click here
4) 2018 Musagetes Grant Program - OPENS FRIDAY JUNE 8, 2018 and closes FRIDAY JULY 20, 2018 at 4:00 PM
Please check back again soon for 2018 grant application guidelines and a link to our 2018 application form.
Congratulations to our 2017 Musagetes Grant Recipients! To view list of recipients click here.
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.