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) Government of Canada Emergency Community Response Fund (ECSF) - as of June 25 we are fully subscribed
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.

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.

Our funding stream will receive applications from qualified donees
Qualified donees are defined by the CRA and include the following:

As you prepare your application, it is important to know that we are required to hold an open, impartial and fair selection and assessment process to fund projects which respect the following principles:
  • Addressing a pressing social inclusion or well-being need caused by COVID-19;
  • Serving one or more Vulnerable Populations; and
  • Is not duplicating funds from another source to cover specific project expenses and budget lines for which the community organizations have applied and/or received funding.

2) 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 Guelph Wellington Dufferin to support charites doing critically important work and those put under immense pressure as a result of the current COVID 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 shared and we will contact you within 48 hours if we require further information. 

How to apply:

1) Please utilize our new grants portal for all applications here:

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 can sign in, as well as collaborate on applications together.

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

3) 2020 Musagetes Grant Program - now closed
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. 

4) 2020 Community Grants - now closed, results will be shared mid September 2020
For 2020, 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. 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
  3. Funding requests are a maximum of $5000.00 per application for 2020