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.
Any questions regarding our granting programs can be directed to [email protected] – we’d love to hear from you!
How to Apply:
Create an account in our grants portal which is what is used for all GCF funding stream applications.
Check to see within your organization if an account has already been created, if you are not sure, please email us at [email protected] – only one organization account is created per organization, multiple users are registered to each organization account and can collaborate on applications together.
Please login to your account to see the currently available application form(s). This login is the same for all funding streams and for all follow up reports. It is also where grant request history is saved. Our portal has the ability to provide a status update on any applications currently in for review.
Note – if you have any outstanding grant follow ups then you will be ineligible for future funding until all requirements of past grants have been fulfilled.
Kids to Camp – closed for 2023
Applications were accepted: January 02 – February 06, 2023
Our children and youth summer camp funding provides grants to registered charities (or organizations partnered with a registered charity) operating camps that help children and youth from financially disadvantaged families participate in the summer camp experience. If it were not for these funds, many of the local campers who benefit would not otherwise have an opportunity to attend camp – something that can be so beneficial to children’s development.
From the lessons learned of the last few years and as we lean further towards a Trust Based Philanthropy model, we will again be granting unrestricted dollars to applicants. This is so that the funds can be used quickly to support the changing requirements of summer programs and offer organizations flexibility in how camp programming can be delivered. These grants are supported by several funds held at GCF and typically range between $500 to $4,000 each per year. This grant is opening weeks earlier than in previous years as we hope that this change will help assist organizations plan for the summer. Decisions will be announced in mid-March 2023.
Community Service Recovery Fund (CSRF) – Decisions will be announced late April 2023
Accepting Applications: January 6, 2023, until February 21, 2023
Charities and non-profits are playing a key role in addressing persistent and complex social problems faced by all Canadians as we shift post pandemic gears. Is your organization looking to adapt and modernize your internal processes? The Community Services Recovery Fund is here to help!
This fund is a $400 million investment from the Government of Canada to support charities and non-profits as they focus on how to adapt their organizations and modernize for pandemic recovery. The Guelph Community Foundation is proud to be working with community foundations across Canada as part of CSRF. This fund is a collaboration between Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada, and United Way Centraide Canada to provide funding to Community Service Organizations including non-profit organizations, Indigenous Governing Bodies and Registered Charities located in Canada.
Funding from the program will not be available for direct program or service delivery, but for organizations to complete internal work that can support as they transform, adapt, and build resilience. The minimum grant amount to be awarded is $10,000, and all CFC funds (including GCF) will go to support organizations applying for organizational system and processes’ transformation. CSRF responds to what charities and non-profits need right now and supports organizations as they adapt to the long-term impacts of the pandemic. Please note that applications for this program will be received by an external program, and will not be processed through GCF’s normal granting portal.
Musagetes – Funding for the Arts– CLOSES APRIL 10, 2023!
Applications Accepted: February 27 – April 10, 2023
This 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 aim is to make art more central and meaningful in people’s lives. The grant is particularly interested in funding new approaches to building community and culture. Preference will be given to organizations that engage a community-based partner who satisfies a connection(s) to social justice, environmental resilience, and intercultural relationships through the arts. New projects will be funded to a maximum ask of $5,000. Those seeking funding for art or music therapy projects are encouraged to apply for our Community Grants stream for more appropriate consideration.
Organizations can apply for two different funding options:
1. Project Grant – with the option of dedicating up to 30% of the budget to operating costs.
2. Operational Grant – using 100% of granted dollars for operating funds. These dollars can be used where they are needed most, understanding the ongoing pressures of pandemic recovery. Please note your organization should have a reputation for excellence in the arts and at least 2 years of previous history with Musagetes funding to be eligible.
The Waterloo Region Community Foundation is also accepting applications for The Musagetes Fund for their area. If you know of an arts organization in Waterloo Region that might be interested in applying direct them to WRCF’s page for more details: https://www.wrcf.ca/musagetes
GCF Scholarships and Bursaries – Closes May 1st, 2023!
Applying to the scholarship program is restricted to local high school administrators only. Administrators without current credentials should email [email protected] to receive access codes for the granting portal. The Scholarship program opens to applicants on March 13, 2023 by email invitation and will close on May 1st, 2023. Please reach out at any time if any support is needed, we’d be happy to help.
Available Scholarships and Bursaries – Angelo and Rina Longo Scholarship – Bruce Graham Memorial Fund – Women in STEM Scholarship – Class of ’71 Kathryn Winegard Memorial Scholarship – Eric Goegan Scholarship Award – Frank Taylor Bursary – John A Hourigan Memorial Award – Iolanda Maugeri Hall Business Education Bursary – Mabel Anne Brouwer Scholarship Fund – Women in STEM Scholarship – Mary Phelan Scholarship – SmithValeriote Education Bursary
Accepting Applications: September 05, 2023 – October 09, 2023
Community Grants is our biggest granting program which provide dollars to registered charities (or non-profits partnered with a registered charity) operating community programs in Guelph or Wellington County. To best provide for those serving our community, and with an understanding of the ongoing pressures of Covid-19, applications are not limited to funding for programing only, but applications for operational and capital projects are also accepted. The granting criteria for charitable organizations seeking funding will require applications to fit within the framework of Toward Common Ground wellbeing concepts and connects to one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as outlined on page 22 of our Guelph & Wellington County Vital Signs report. Funding requests are at a maximum of $5000.00 per application.
Government of Canada Emergency Community Response Fund (ECSF) – Now Closed
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. Starting on October 5, the final instalment of dollars was released. 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.