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Community Grant Program

Grants to Ontario Nonprofits and Charities in Eligible
Locations to Support Operations and Programming

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City of Guelph

Deadline Date:

12/20/20 Midnight


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Grants to Ontario nonprofit organizations and charities in eligible areas for programs and capital purchases that enhance the quality of life for local residents. Funding is intended to support events and special projects, as well as operating costs and small capital items. Eligible applicants serve the residents of Guelph. Applicants may request either an operational grant or a project grant.

While the Community Grant is not specific to COVID or an organization’s COVID response, it is understood that an organization's operations and projects will need to take COVID into account when planning for activities and the impact on Guelph residents.

Grant applications are evaluated based on the:

  • Benefit it will have on the lives of Guelph residents
  • Community support for your organization and its programs, projects, and events
  • Sustainability and need for funding

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 136820

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $15,000 per year for operational grants and up to $15,000 for projects.

Term of Contract:

Up to three-year operating grants and one-year project grants

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Not-forprofits and charities serving Guelph residents may apply.

In order to apply to the grant program, applicant organizations and funding request must meet ALL of the following eligibility requirements:
1. Both the organization and the investment sought must benefit Guelph residents.
2. The organization must be an incorporated not-for-profit organization. This means that it is incorporated under provincial or federal legislation, with or without charitable status.
3. The organization must have a volunteer board of directors with the exception of ex-officio members.
4. The organization has been in operation for at least one year.
5. The organization must have either a location in Guelph or over half of the participants be from Guelph
6. The organization is in good standing with the City and, if applicable, its own governing bodies.

Non-eligible applicants
1. Individuals
2. For-profit organizations
3. Organizations that have a current signed agreement with the City that states that they are not eligible for other City funding sources
4. Other levels of government
5. Political organizations
6. Organizations whose activities may breach the Ontario Human Rights Code or Charter of Rights

Not funded:
1. Programs that other levels of government have legislated responsibility for funding. This includes funds to ‘top-up’ shortfalls for government-mandated programs. Some examples would include school board educational programs, public health programs, provincially mandated child care/services or social assistance programs, and health care services.
2. Funding requests of more than $15,000 per organization in any single grant cycle
3. Debt retirement, deficit reduction, depreciation, or financing charges
4. Retroactive payments. These are activities or costs incurred before grants are approved
5. 100% of the budget of an activity
6. Secondary allocations. “Secondary allocations” refers to the process where funds received through the Community Grant Program are allocated to another organization by the applicant or a third party via a funding allocation process such as a grant program.

Pre-Application Information:

Completed applications must be submitted by Sunday, December 20, 2020, at midnight.

Questions should be submitted no later than Friday, December 18, 2020, at 4:00 PM.

- Community Grant launch: November 23, 2020
- Community Grant applications closed: December 20, 2020
- Review of applications: January - March 2021
- Announcement of Grant recipients: end of March 2021

Applicants that are currently receiving a multi-year Community Grant, are not able to apply again for 2021,

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email applications to

Direct questions to:
Alex Goss, Manager of Community Investment
Culture, Tourism, and Community Investment
City of Guelph City Hall
1 Carden St.
Guelph, Ontario N1H 3A1
519-822-1260 extension 2675

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario: Guelph;

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