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 range of registered charities and applicants must be recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency.
we fund qualified projects
Before filling out a grant application, give us a call so we can meet with you and help you with your application and the deadline for each program. While each grant program has its own specific criteria, we can provide general grant guidelines for 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: Your organization may wish to establish a formal agency relationship with a registered Canadian charity, in which case the link must be legitimate and an acceptable agency agreement must exist as per CRA Guidelines. Additional paperwork is required. Please refer to the CRA’s website for further details on “Using an Intermediary to Carry out a Charity's Activities within Canada”: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/chrts/plcy/cgd/ntrmdry-eng.html#N10210)
-Provide services within Guelph and surrounding communities; 
-Make services available without discrimination; 
-Demonstrate fiscal and management responsibility, and financial need. 
grant recipients are selected in two ways
1. Designated or suggested by the fund holder; or
2. Recommended to our Board of Directors or Grants Committee.
grant evaluation
As a requirement for receiving funds, all grant recipients must complete a grant evaluation. This enables us 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.
Did You Know ...
Ontario Works provides financial and employment assistance to people who are in temporary financial need. Between April 2008 and April 2009, the Ontario Works caseload increased 12.8% in Ontario. In comparison, it increased 34.1% in Guelph & Wellington. Read our VitalSigns report to learn more.