Grant Impact
We would like to thank each and every donor who has given so generously to The Guelph Community Foundation.  The charitable organizations we work with appreciate every donation whether large or small. 

 

WATCH THE IMPACT OF GRANT DOLLARS IN ACTION
You are invited to go "behind the scenes" with us as we share our grant dollars in action through mini-documentaries that we've called Community Impact Stories.  Click here to see the episodes that have been launched so far!


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READ THE IMPACT OF GRANT DOLLARS IN ACTION
We capture grant impact stories in our Annual Report, our Newsletters and monthly e-blasts. 

In addition to those resources, we invite you to take a moment to learn more about some of the programs, projects and initiatives that we have supported with grants and the impact they have in our community over the years:

GYO Group and BassoonistFostering a love of music
(2012 Community Grants Program) - Mentoring young musicians is one of the mandates of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra (GSO); thus the launch of the GSOKids Club in the fall of 2012 comes as no surprise. Building on the success of the Guelph Youth Symphony Orchestra, this free, season-long program was designed for children between 6 and 12 years of age. Recent grants from the Foundation have helped to get both the Youth and Kids program off the ground. Read more...







GYO Group and Bassoonist
Build Your Community, Build Your Resume
(2012 Community Grants Program) - Build Your Community, Build Your Resume is an interactive High School Student assembly that demonstrates how youth can make a difference in their community while gaining valuable workplace experiences. This project, a recipient of a $5,000 Community Grant in 2012, addresses volunteer needs and emerging employment opportunities in our community. Read more...







GYO Group and BassoonistSpecialized learning in the not-for-profit sector
(2012 Community Grants Program) - In 2011, the United Way of Guelph Wellington Dufferin, the City of Guelph, and the Guelph Community Foundation teamed up to provide partial tuition scholarships for Conestoga College’s Certificate in Senior Leadership and Management in the Not-for-Profit Sector.  Due to the success of the program, it was repeated in 2012. Read more ...










GYO Group and BassoonistPollination garden beautifies Hospice site
(2012 Community Grants Program) - A community grant to Pollination Guelph, a local charity, helped fund the second phase in a multi-year project to transform the Hospice Wellington site into an attractive, diverse and sustainable landscape that complements the spirit and work of the organization. Read more ...



GYO Group and BassoonistGuelph Based Orchestra Strikes a Chord With Youth
(2011/2012 Musagetes Fund) - In 2011, the Guelph Symphony Orchestra and Guelph Youth Music Centre teamed up to provide financial backing and ongoing mentorship in striking a new Guelph Youth Symphony Orchestra. A grant of $6,000 through The Guelph Community Foundation’s Musagetes Fund helped to get this thriving partnership off the ground. Read more ...


Youthopia RISE UP CastYouthopia - Youth for Inclusion
(2011/2012 GCF Community Fund: Building Vial Communities) - “Moving to a new school is difficult enough for youth, now imagine being new to the country, city, neighbourhood, and having to function in a second language,” says Roya Rabbani, Executive Director of Immigrant Services – Guelph Wellington. Read more ...



Guelph Contemporary Dance FestivalGuelph's Vibrant Arts Community
(2011/2012 Musagetes Fund) - If the best community initiatives build rich and broad partnerships then the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival’s (GCDF) Karen Kaeja Residency project certainly leaps to mind. These dancers and community-builders know how to stretch a grant and do so with creativity and grace! Read more ...



Living On Less Workshops
 (2009/10 GCF Community Fund: Building Vital Communities) - Given that Guelph has been named as one of the best cities in Canada to live, you may be surprised to learn that 15 percent of Guelph and Wellington’s families with children live in poverty. That’s why a unique program to help people to live on less and maintain their dignity and health was supported by The Guelph Community Foundation. Read more ...

 




 
 

The Food Project
(2009/10 GCF Community Fund: Building Vital Communities) - A $32,400 grant from The Guelph Community Foundation allowed Family and Children Services of Guelph & Wellington County to fund part-time coordinators to work with six unique neighbourhood groups where hunger and food security are pressing issues. Read more ...


 Julien Project Grows Roots at Our Lady of LourdesThe Julien Project at Lourdes
(2009 GCF Community Fund: Building Vital Communities) - ‘What does a healthy plant look like and if a plant is going to do well, what does it need to have to stay healthy?’. This is a question that is asked to participants at The Julien Project going into its 4th growing season. The Julien Project, which recently received a $5,000 grant from The Guelph Community Foundation for their field organic vegetable production program, enriches lives and communities by social and therapeutic gardening. Read more ...







 
Young Parents Program
(2008 GCF Children & Youth Fund) - Twelve parents (ages 15-24) and ten children (ages 6 and under) gather in Fergus for the Young Parents Resource Night offered by the Community Resource Centre of North and Centre Wellington (CRC). This weekly program provides young moms and dads with opportunities to develop skills in parenting, health and safety, nutrition, relationships, positive lifestyle choices, and community resource support. Read more ...









Healthy Outlook … Stronger Future!
(2007 Ray Scapinello Foundation Fund) - Nutrition is essential for a child’s learning. Each morning, up to 83 school-aged children are served a nutritious breakfast at Onward Willow-Better Beginnings, Better Futures before heading to school. The children are also taught about ‘healthy food choices’ at a young age; this promotes a healthy lifestyle for their future. This may be the only nutritious meal of the day for some of the children in this neighbourhood. Make no mistake about it—although Guelph is a vibrant community, we have hungry kids in our own backyard. Read more ...







Helping Hands for Art & Culture
(2006 Musagetes Fund) - Immigrating and becoming a new Canadian is a huge change and many women feel  isolated as they begin a new life in a completely different culture. The Guelph Community Health Centre received a $3,000 grant for the Helping Hands for Arts & Culture program, supporting women from different backgrounds. Read more ... 






Rainbow Day CampIt’s not just about sports, games and roasting marshmallows ...
(2005 Guelph Mercury Kids-to-Camp Fund) - The Kids-to-Camp Fund, held by The Guelph Community Foundation, provides disadvantaged children and youth the opportunity to experience the thrills of summer camp ... “many of the children in the program do not have access to the natural outdoor environment, live in high-density housing, and are in families with limited financial means. Over the summer, their time is unstructured". Read more ... 


KidZCreate participantsKidZCreate … Empowering Children With Special Needs
(2005 Musagetes Fund) - “It’s like trying to put a square peg in a round hole”, explained a frustrated mother of her beautiful young daughter with autism. “Our kids just don’t fit”. Parents and other stakeholders from the special needs community along with representatives from the mainstream came together with the intention of designing a creative process for children and youth living with autism, mental health issues, developmental and other life challenges and brain injury. Read more


Nutrition Support for Seniors
(2005 McNeil Consumer Healthcare Fund) - Evergreen Action Nutrition is a nutrition education program offered to seniors at the Evergreen Senior Centre. “About half of older adults [aged 55+] continue to be ‘at risk’ nutritionally. Along with early detection and treatment of disease, adopting healthier diets and more active lifestyles can help to delay the progression of disease and decline in physical health”. Read more ...










Art Image at John McCrae Public SchoolSmall Grants Can Make A BIG Difference!
(2005 GCF Community Fund) - While learning about artists from various cultures of past and present eras, the students gain appreciation and understanding of art, culture, history and artistic heritage. This is a glimpse of one of the many benefits of ART Image, an art appreciation program at John McCrae Public School in Guelph. Read more ...



Exposing Children & Youth to the Arts
(2004 GCF Children & Youth Fund) - In 2004 the Guelph Youth Music Centre was awarded $3,000 from The Guelph Community Foundation’s Children & Youth Fund. This grant was used to purchase 20 djembes [drums] for children 6 to 13 years old in support of their Hum Drums and Shake Rattle & Roll programs. Read more 







Tree Planting at Guelph SchoolsProviding Shade to School Playgrounds (2004 Sanctuary Woods Fund) - In 2004, The Guelph Community Foundation's Sanctuary Woods Fund granted $1,350 to Fred A. Hamilton Public School and $1,350 to Jean Little Public School for the purchase of trees. Many schools, particularly in new subdivisions have very few [if any] trees on the property and sun exposure Read more ...
Guelph Community Foundation
Each year we publish a complete list of the organizations that receive a grant in our Report to the Community.