Grants 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. 

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:

  • Fostering a love of music

    Fostering a love of music

    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 …

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  • Build Your Community, Build Your Resume

    Build Your Community, Build Your Resume

    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. Over the past year, the Career …

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  • Specialized learning in the not-for-profit sector

    Specialized learning in the not-for-profit sector

    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. This program provides learners with increased knowledge, skills, and attitudes …

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  • Pollination garden beautifies Hospice site

    Pollination garden beautifies Hospice site

    A community grant of $2,750 to Pollination Guelph, a local charity, helped fund the second phase of 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. In September 2012, volunteers with Pollination Guelph and Hospice Wellington planted over 300 perennials and flowering …

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  • Guelph Based Orchestra Strikes a Chord With Youth

    Guelph Based Orchestra Strikes a Chord With Youth

    A fledgling youth orchestra received a boost through an innovative partnership and support.  In 2011, the Guelph Symphony Orchestra (GSO) and Guelph Youth Music Centre (GYMC) teamed up to provide financial backing and ongoing mentorship to 32 Guelph-area youth in striking a newGuelph Youth Symphony Orchestra.   A grant of $6,000 through The Guelph Community Foundation’s Musagetes Fund – dedicated to performing, …

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  • Youth for Inclusion

    Youth for Inclusion

    “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. Each year, through its various programs, Immigrant Services Guelph Wellington serves more than 900 newcomers to Guelph and Wellington, many …

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  • Guelph’s Vibrant Arts Community

    Guelph’s Vibrant Arts Community

    Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival – enthralling, inspiring and educating 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! With a $2,500 grant from The …

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  • Living on Less

    Living on Less

    (2009 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. Living on Less workshops began as a pilot outreach project at St. James Apostle Church to help people …

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  • Healthy Food for Everyone

    Healthy Food for Everyone

    Each year, The Guelph Community Foundation invites requests for funding from charitable organizations within Guelph and Wellington County. Charitable organizations deliver the services and champion the causes that make our community thrive. Whether it is recreation opportunities for children, meals for the hungry, end of life care, or culture for the soul, our not-for-profit sector makes it all happen. The …

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  • Julien Project Grows Roots at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School

    Julien Project Grows Roots at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School

    (2009 Building Vital Communities Grant) – ‘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 …

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  • Young Parents Program

    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, …

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  • Healthy Outlook Stronger Future

    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 …

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  • Helping Hands for Arts and Culture

    Helping Hands for Arts and Culture

    (November 2006 – Musagetes Fund): Immigrating and becoming a new Canadian is a significant change and many women feel isolated as they begin a new life in a completely different culture. The Guelph Community Health Centre was granted $3,000 for the Helping Hands for Arts & Culture program, supporting women from different backgrounds. This initiative provided opportunity for women to meet others …

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  • It’s All About the Kids!

    It’s All About the Kids!

    (2005 Guelph Mercury Kids-to-Camp Fund): This past Thanksgiving, the Guelph Mercury successfully revived the historic Thanksgiving Day Races. Over 300 runners and walkers participated and over 1000 people took in the festivities of the Family Fun Day on a perfect fall day. At the end of the day, $2500 was raised for the Guelph Mercury Kids to Camp …

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  • Empowering and Shaping Children With Special Needs

    Empowering and Shaping Children With Special Needs

    KidzCreate Grant Story By Judith Rosenberg – Founder & Director, Spark of Brilliance (2005 Musagetes Fund grant ) – “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 …

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  • Nutrition Support for Seniors

    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 …

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  • Small Grants Make a BIG Difference

    Small Grants Make a BIG Difference

    (2005 GCF Community Fund) – “Did you know China is one of the largest countries in the world, mom?” stated 8 year old Halli. “Did you know China is in Asia and the Asian continent is the largest in the world, and that China has a very, very large population, 400 times bigger than Canada?”. “That’s very interesting …

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  • Helping Hands for Arts and Culture

    Helping Hands for Arts and Culture

    (November 2006 – Musagetes Fund): Immigrating and becoming a new Canadian is a significant change and many women feel isolated as they begin a new life in a completely different culture. The Guelph Community Health Centre was granted $3,000 for the Helping Hands for Arts & Culture program, supporting women from different backgrounds. This initiative provided opportunity for women to meet others …

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  • Providing Shade to School Grounds

    Providing Shade to School Grounds

    (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 little [if any] trees on the property and sun exposure during two 15 minute recess breaks and …

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