Grant Programs
The Guelph Community Foundation provides funding 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. 

To ensure you do not miss a funding opportunity, we encourage organizations to subscribe to our Twitter feed.  Are you eligible for grants? Learn more by reading our granting eligibility and guidelines.

2022 Grants Schedule

We invite charitable organizations to apply for grants to the following programs below. 

How to apply:

1) Please utilize our grants portal for all applications:

2) Check to see within your organization if an account has already been created, if you are not sure, please email us: - only one account is created per organization, multiple users are registered to each charity account and can collaborate on applications together.

3) Please 
login to your account to see the application form. This login is the same for all funding streams and all follow up reports and grant request history is saved. Our portal also has the ability to provide a status update on any applications currently in for review.

Please note - if you have any outstanding grant evaluations, you are ineligible for future funding until all requirements of past grants have been fulfilled.   

1) Kids to Camp - Opens late January 2023

Our children and youth summer camp funding provides grants to registered charities (or organizations partnered with a registered charity) operating camps that help children and youth from financially disadvantaged families participate in the summer camp experience. These grants are supported by several funds held at The Guelph Community Foundation and typically range between $500 to $3,000 each per year.

Due to Covid-19 uncertainty around summer camps, from 2020-2022 this stream of funding granted charitable organizations with unrestricted funds so that dollars could be directed where they were needed most. This way the dollars can be used quickly to support the changing requirements of summer camp programs and offer organizations flexibility to how summer camp programming can be delivered. The next round of Kids to Camp grants will open again in the early spring of 2023.

2) Musagetes Grant Program - Opens Febuary 2023

The Musagetes Fund is intended to act as a catalyst for the ongoing production and enjoyment of performing, visual and literary arts excellence in Guelph and area. The Fund aims to make art more central and meaningful in people's lives.

In 2022 the Musagetes Fund was particularly interested in new approaches to building community and culture. Preference was given to organizations that engage one community-based partner who satisfies a connection(s) to social justice, environmental resilience, and intercultural relationships through the arts. The next round of this granting program will open to applicants in the early spring of 2023.

3) Community Grants - Opens Fall 2023

For 2022, our community grants stream will provide dollars to registered charities (or non-profits partnered with a registered charity) operating community programs in Guelph or Wellington County. To best provide for those serving our community, and with an understanding of the ongoing pressures of Covid-19, applications are not limited to funding for programing but applications for operational and capital projects will also be accepted. The granting criteria for charitable organizations seeking funding will require applications meet both of the following:

1. Fits within the framework of Toward Common Ground wellbeing concepts:
  • Belonging and Participation
  • Economic and Household Resources
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Leisure and Culture
  • Safety
  • Transportation

2. Connects to one (1) of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as outlined on page 22 of our Guelph & Wellington County Vital Signs report. The SDGs are ranked in order of importance, according to this international framework for local responsibility. To view an electronic copy of the Guelph & Wellington County Vital Signs report that outlines these categories please click here. Some SDGs we would highlight of note are:
  • SDG 1 – No poverty
  • SDG 2 – Zero hunger
  • SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-Being
  • SDG 5 – Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities
Funding requests are a maximum of $5000.00 per application for 2022

4) GCF Scholarships - Opens April 2023

Applying to the scholarship program is restricted to local high school administrators only. Administrators without current credentials should email to receive access codes for the granting portal.  The Scholarship program open to applicants in the early spring of 2023 by email invitation. Please reach out at any time if any support is needed.

Available Scholarships:
  • Angelo and Rina Longo Scholarship
  • Bruce Graham Memorial Fund - Women in STEM Scholarship
  • Class of '71 Kathryn Winegard Memorial Scholarship
  • Eric Goegan Scholarship Award
  • Frank Taylor Bursary      
  • John A Hourigan Memorial Award
  • Iolanda Maugeri Hall Business Education Bursary
  • Mabel Anne Brouwer Scholarship Fund - Women in STEM Scholarship                    
  • Mary Phelan Scholarship              
  • Smith Valeriote Education Bursary

5) Government of Canada Emergency Community Response Fund (ECSF) - Now Closed

This $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund was initially announced on April 21, 2020 by the Prime Minister of Canada. It is part of a broad series of emergency response measures by the Government of Canada. Starting on October 5, the final installment of dollars was released.

The Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) is being delivered by Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), United Way Centraide Canada (UWCC), and the Canadian Red Cross (CRC). Each funding partner, and their network, can support communities in various ways.