The Guelph Community Foundation provides 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
below to view the type of applications that are currently being accepted. To ensure you do not miss a funding opportunity, we encourage 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.
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 - CLOSED May 11th
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 - CLOSED July 20th Successful applicants will be contacted in early October 2018
Community Grants Application Criteria
In 2018, the granting criteria for charitable organizations seeking funding will create and submit an application that meets both
of the following:
Collaborative efforts with one or more additional partner is encouraged
- Is categorized under one (or more) of the following areas, as highlighted in the 2018 Guelph & Wellington County Vital Signs report:
- Community Vitality
- Leisure, Culture and Recreation
- Connects to one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as outlined on page 22 of the Guelph & Wellington County Vital Signs report. The SDGs are listed 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
To print a copy of the 2018 Community Granting Criteria
, please click here
To apply for 2018 Community Grants online, please click here.
Community Grants - last year
To view our 2017 Community Grants recipient list, please click here.
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 - CLOSED July 20th Successful appplicants will be contacted in early October 2018
Musagetes Application Criteria
For 2018, The Musagetes Fund goal is to make arts more central and meaningful in people's lives. We are looking for innovative and bold projects that help with new approaches to building community and culture. These projects should help to build bridges and tear down walls to create a better community for everyone, using the arts as the vehicle. Priority will be given to those projects that:
- Address issues of the most under-served and under-represented in our community through the arts
- Address issues that promote and enhance sustainable environmental practises through the arts.
Application cover letter must outline how your project will support and advance social justice and enivornmental resilience. To read the complete 2018 Musagetes Fund guidelines and requirements
, please click here
To apply for 2018 Musagetes Grants online
, please click here
Musagetes Grants - last year
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.