Annual grant program

About the Wellbeing Grant Program

The City has a Community Investment Strategy that provides the organization with clear direction for investing in local organizations and the work they do.  The Wellbeing Grant Program is one of the ways the City provides financial support to Guelph’s non-profit community. An important feature of the program is its community-based approach to allocating these wellbeing grants.

Funding decisions are not made by City Council or City employees. Instead, eight citizens with expertise in community benefit organizations are appointed to review and evaluate the grant applications. Funding decisions are then based on eight categories identified in the Canadian Index of Wellbeing. This approach increases community participation in municipal decision making and ensures that the grant program is supporting areas of importance to community members.

Each year the City of Guelph allocates grant funding to not-for-profit organizations to support the work that they do. 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 are 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 Community Wellbeing Grant Policy.

All funding is subject to City Council budget approval. Grant applicants will be notified of their application decision in mid-February 2016.

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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.

For 2015 grant recipients, reports are due by January 15, 2016

Beginning with 2016 grant recipients, reports are due by November 30th 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 2015 Grant Recipients

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Reporting Information for 2016 Grant Recipients

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For more information

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