Grant Programs
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. 

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.

grants 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 – each program has specific criteria.

1) 2019 Children & Youth Summer Camp Program - now closed
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)
  • applications will open again in January 2020

2) 2019 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.

3) 2019 RBC Future Launch Community Youth Challenge (closed, will be announced in late November)
GCF is pleased to host the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge, with $15,000 available to youth-led projects that address diverse and urgent local priorities in Guelph and Wellington County. This inititive is possible through a $15,000 grant provided by the RBC Foundation.
Who can apply?
  • Funding will be considered from Guelph and Wellington County registered charities directed to a priority issue that is led by youth aged 15-29
4) 2019 Community Grants - will open again June 2020
In 2019, 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.  
Our 2018 Community Grants recipients can be found here

5) 2019 Musagetes Grant Program - will open again March 2, 2020, all applications will be due on March 31, 2020
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 2019, the Musagetes Fund is particularly interested in projects that bring new approaches to building community and culture, making the arts more central and meaningful in people’s lives. 

To view a list of the 2018 recipients click here.

If you have an outstanding post-grant evaluation, you are ineligible for future granting programs until all requirements of past grants have been fulfilled.
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.

to apply for a grant
We will be accepting select grant programs through our on-line grant application process.  Before you begin, read through the important tips and the required information, then complete and submit your grant application. Call our office directly if you have any questions in advance of the application being due.
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