Annual grant program

2017 Community Wellbeing Grant applications now available

Incorporated, not-for-profit community organizations are invited to apply to the City of Guelph for 2017 funding.

If you are an organization looking for financial support you may be able to apply for a Wellbeing Grant. This program is for incorporated, not-for-profit organizations, with or without charitable status that can show how their work will improve community wellbeing.

Eligible organizations can apply for small operating, project or capital grant funding. This means grants can be used for core operating funding, one-off events, special programming or projects, or for small capital items.

The grant applications will be evaluated based on the organization’s overall contribution to the grant program goals, the organization’s track record, and the need of the organization in the community. Organizations must meet all criteria in the City of Guelph’s Wellbeing Grant Policy.

How to apply

  • Read the Wellbeing Grant Program Policy and Guidance material in full to determine if your organization and grant request are eligible for the program.
  • Complete the Application Cover Letter and Application Form in full. Please note: The cover letter is a standard letter; do not change the wording on the letter. Click here for instructions to use PDF fillable forms. Mac users: please review the PDF Fillable Forms instructions.
  • Send the completed electronic cover letter, application and requested financial documents via email to Please note: Hard copy applications will not be accepted.
114 kBFinal Wellbeing Grant Program Policy – 2016 253 kBGrant Application Form Guidance – 2017 652 kBGrant Application Cover Letter – 2017

252 kBGrant Application Form – 2017

Application deadline

Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 6, 2016.

All funding is subject to City Council budget approval. Grant applicants will be notified of their application decision in mid-February 2017.

Information Sessions

Two information sessions will be held on Tuesday, September 15, 2016 to learn more about the Community Wellbeing Grant Program. Potential applicants can email to register for one of the following sessions:

Session 1
Thursday, September 15
6-8 p.m.
City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph


Session 2
Tuesday, September 20
1-3 p.m.
City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph

Reporting on a Grant Award

If your application is successful and you receive a grant, your organization will be required to report on how the grant was used and what it helped achieve for the community. To find out more about this report, please see the grant reporting form and guidance information.

Beginning with 2016 grant recipients, reports are due by November 30 of the same year for which the grant is awarded.  For example, if a grant is awarded in January 2016, the grant recipient must provide a completed report by November 30, 2016.

Reporting Information for 2017 Grant Recipients

157 kBGrant Reporting Form – 2017 169 kBGrant Reporting Form Guidance – 2017

Reporting Information for 2016 Grant Recipients

147 kBWellbeing Grant Reporting Form – 2016 72 kBWellbeing Grant Reporting Form Guidance – 2016

101 kB2016 Community Wellbeing Grant Recipients

230 kB2015 Community Wellbeing Grant Recipients

For more information

Alex Goss, Manager of Community Investment
519-822-1260 extension 2675 or extension 5618