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.

2020 grants schedule
We invite charitable organizations to apply for grants to the following programs below. Please read the application guidelines to ensure that your organization qualifies for the programs being offered – each program has specific criteria.

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) Guelph Community Response Fund - Partnership with United Way of Guelph Wellington Dufferin
This rapid response grant was launched on March 31, 2020 as a partnership fund with the United Way of Guelph Wellington Dufferin to support charites doing critically important work and those put under immense pressure as a result of the current COVID-19 crisis in Guelph and Wellington County. Grants will be dispersed together with the UW GWD and will be focused in the areas of: essential services (food), supports for seniors, housing/homelessness, mental health, community services and ongoing supports for volunteers. You only need to complete an application with one of the partners. Your application will be discussed and we will contact you within 48 hours if we require further information. 

How to Apply in 2020:

1) You will need to register a user account for your organization, or login to your already created account (if you are not sure, please send an email to: and we can help you find it)
2) Once an account is created, you will be able to invite fellow staff members to collaborate on an application
3) Click here to register and begin the process now

2) 2020 Children & Youth Summer Camp Program - Now Closed
The Children & Youth Summer Camp Program provides grants (financial support) to charities 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.

3) 2020 Musagetes Grant Program - opens March 1 - deadline extended until May 13
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 promises to make a meaningful and lasting contribution for our community’s benefit and our arts scene.
For 2020, the Musagetes Fund is particularly interested in new approaches to building community and culture. Preference will be 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. 

How to Apply in 2020:

1) We have launched a new application process this year. You will need to register a user account for your organization
2) Once an account is created, you will be able to invite fellow staff members in to collaborate on your application
3) Click here to register and begin the process now
4) If you'd like help understanding how to register, please call our office at (519) 821-9216 and we can walk you through the process.

4) 2020 Scholarship & Bursary Awards
Through our scholarships and bursary program, we support continuing education, training and provide 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 high school or university and the grant is provided to the educational institution, that in turn, goes to the student. Award availability may vary from year to year, contact your school for more information. Please call us if you are looking for specific scholarship and bursary programs.

5) 2020 Community Grants - opens June 1 - all applications due by June 30
In 2020, the granting criteria for charitable organizations seeking funding will create and submit an application that meets both of the following:

  1. Is categorized under one of the following areas, as highlighted in our 2018 Vital Signs report:
    • Education
    • Health
    • Community Vitality
    • Environment
    • Leisure, Culture and Recreation
  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.
  3. Funding requests are a maximum of $5000.00 per project application

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.