#Guelph Wellbeing Grants Applications Now Open!


What is the program?

A: This program provides funding to eligible organizations that need financial support to carry out their work in Guelph. This program is specifically 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 (day-to-day costs), one-off events, special programming or projects, or for small capital items (e.g. equipment).

The policy and guidance material on the City’s website provides in depth information about eligibility criteria guelph.ca/grants.

When can I apply for a grant?

A: The Wellbeing Grant Program offers funding on an annual basis. The program will be accepting applications from eligible organizations from August 31 to October 8, 2015 for grants covering January to December 2016.

How do I apply for a grant?

A: The policy, guidance and application forms are available at guelph.ca/grants

Electronic applications will be accepted via email at wellbeinggrants@guelph.ca.

Please note: Hard copy applications are not accepted.

Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 8, 2015

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

How much can I apply for?

A: Organizations can apply for up to $15,000.

Am I eligible for a grant?

A: Detailed eligibility information is located in the policy and guidance material on the City website           guelph.ca/grants, which organizations can access to determine their eligibility for a grant.

Who will review the grant applications?

A: A panel of Guelph residents will review the grant applications. Residents with the right skills and knowledge have been selected to join the panel. They will make decisions using a clear set of guidelines that have been approved by the City Council.

What things will the panel look at when reviewing applications?

A: The panel will be looking for applications that clearly show evidence of the following things:

  • Anticipated positive impact on community wellbeing
  • Support from the Guelph community
  • Financial need of the organization
  • A sound organizational track record
  • Additional resources have been leveraged
  • That the request does not duplicate successful efforts already in the community
  • Sustainability of the work and the organization

Where can I find more information about the program?

A: There are three main options.

  1. Information will be located at ca/grants
  2. Two information sessions will be held on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 for potential applicants and will provide more in-depth information. Potential applicants can email wellbeinggrants@guelph.ca to register for one of the following sessions

Session 1

Tuesday September 15, 2015 2 – 4 pm City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph

Or Session 2

Tuesday September 15, 2015 6 – 8 pm City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph

  1. Potential applicants can contact:

Karen Kawakami, Social Services Policy and Program Liaison

Community Engagement

T 519-822-1260 x 2094 or x 5618

E wellbeinggrants@guelph.ca

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