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City invests big bucks into community wellness

The $301,100 in funding is meant to improve quality of life, inclusivity, opportunities and social supports in Guelph
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The City of Guelph has granted 55 community organizations with $301,100 in funding for activities that will enhance community wellbeing in 2019.

“Every year the list of community organizations that apply for Wellbeing Grants grows,” says Danna Evans, general manager of Culture, Tourism and Community Investment with the City of Guelph. “We are proud to grant funding that improves quality of life, inclusivity, opportunities and social supports in Guelph. Each recipient makes our community a more valuable place to live, work and play.”

For a detailed list of recipients, funding amounts and projects, visit

Each spring, the Wellbeing Grant program allocates funding to not-for-profit organizations to support operating costs, events and special programs or projects that improve community wellbeing.

Shelldale Family Gateway, Community-led Outreach Team

“Through the funding that our Wellbeing Grant provided, we were able to support the creation of  a community-led outreach team. This group of community members reach out to isolated, vulnerable community members, such as new Canadians. This outreach team breaks down isolation and barriers by building social capital within their own neighbourhood through meaningful, authentic, supportive relationship building.”

Jobs. Opportunity. Enterprise (J.O.E)

“Our goal was to increase J.O.E. participants, so that more adults with developmental disabilities can experience our job training and community inclusion. As a result of our City Wellbeing Grant, we were able to fund a graphic designer who created our  logo, website and volunteer brochure to promote our services. It had the added benefit of attracting more board applicants and volunteers with expertise in business, human resources, fundraising, hospitality and teaching.

Being able to communicate effectively about our programs helped us launch a winter café skills program called Training Grounds. Now we are offering additional sessions in the spring and summer. Our graphic designer now volunteers his time not only for our flyers, but also for our merchandise. The Wellbeing Grant gave us funds to make this opportunity possible; the impact of that funding continues today.”

Guelph Dance

“Over the last 21 years Guelph Dance has possessively touched the lives of countless individuals in many ways.  One of our favorite stories is of a young woman who has grown up with the organization and benefited from all our programs over the years. She started out coming to the festival with her parents as a baby, then became a camper as a child, over the past three years  she has been a camp counselor and in 2018, she was a dancer in one of our festival shows.”



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