Resilience Fund

The resilience fund is a one-time funding opportunity available to Guelph-based organizations that are a registered not-for-profit or charitable organization. It will fund organizational planning by building capacity to strengthen current operations as well as the future sustainability of the organization. Specifically, this allows organizations to access funding for planning related to core operations. This can include:

  • Strategic planning
  • Evaluation and measurement
  • Staffing and volunteer recruitment and training
  • Communications and marketing

The Resilience Fund is not intended to fund programmatic or service delivery. It is intended to enhance internal operations of existing non-profits. Successful grantees may include a reasonable allocation (up to 20%) to related overhead costs such as administration, staffing, rent, etc.

2023 applications are now closed.

2023 grant recipients

A total of $116,500 was awarded to the following Guelph-based organizations in 2023.

Organization How funds will be used Grant amount
10C Shared Space Developing a series of training resources, with a focus on front-line support, that are available to staff, volunteers and members. $5,500
Art Not Shame New strategic plan to account for the organization’s growth and new physical space. $9,000
Children’s Reading Room New marketing video for social media and web use that will showcase the organization’s existing physical space. $3,000
Everdale New strategic plan for the Onward Willow neighbourhood group (food focused projects). $7,600
Guelph Black Heritage Society A website remake and new marketing collateral to increase online audience. $8,500
Guelph Jazz Festival Training to support a leadership transition in the organization. $3,000
Guelph Rowing Club Recruitment and training for new coaches to address the existing shortage in coaches. $3,000
Guelph Tool Library New volunteer strategy to target newcomers and high school students. $5,000
Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis New fundraising strategy to address changes in trends and develop more targeted fundraising campaigns. $8,500
Hopewell Children’s Homes New staff training through a third party provider with a focus on health and wellness and self-care. $5,000
Michael House Pregnancy and Parenting Support Services Training for staff through a third party provider that is focused on compassion fatigue, inclusive leadership, and trauma informed care in an effort to address the demanding nature of staff roles and responsibilities. $5,000
Royal City Science New communications strategy to support the overall goal of developing a physical science centre site. $8,500
Shelldale Family Gateway Training for staff to digitize and improve data and evaluation practices such as digitizing waiting lists. $3,900
Start2Finish Canada Engage a volunteer coordinator to address current shortage by developing new strategy, recruitment planning and training material. $8,000
The Village Hearth Initiative New strategic plan to account for the organization’s growth and the increase in demand for programs. $5,500
Up and Running Guelph Training for senior staff and a new board with a focus on fund development, financial literacy and risk management. $4,500
Wellington Water Watchers Organization lost volunteers during shift to online programs and will develop a new volunteer strategy to recruit and train new volunteers needed for their in-person programs. $8,000
Wyndham House A new organization-wide HR system to support the onboarding and training of new and existing staff. $6,000
YMCA of Three Rivers (Midwestern Ontario) A training program to address lifeguard shortage with a targeted focus on increasing lifeguards that represent equity deserving communities. $9,000

For more information

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