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Grants, funding announced for 36 local charities

More than $140,000 in support announced last night
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The Guelph Community Foundation (GCF) announced Community Grants and Musagetes Fund recipients for 2018 at an Oct. 10, 2018 fund holder event at The Life Centre.

“This year, The Guelph Community Foundation’s Grants Committee used its Vital Signs report and findings to determine where community grants could support the needs of our community,” said Chris Willard, executive director, The Guelph Community Foundation. “We supported organizations that could work together to move the needle on where it’s needed most.”

“The purpose of Vital Signs is to take the pulse of our community to identify what we are doing well as a community, but also areas where we need to improve,” says Cyndy Moffat Forsyth, chair of the Grants Committee.

“Using this information means we can align our granting, our community activities and our partnerships to address Guelph and the surrounding area’s priorities. In addition, aligning to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) connects Guelph and Wellington County’s local efforts to a global agenda for positive change.”

The following organizations and programs will be receiving funding:

  • Art With Impact Canada – Movies for Mental Health at University of Guelph
  • Beginnings Family Services – Parenting 1-On-1 Workshops Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region - Living with Loss and Anything but Merry
  • Best Buddies Canada – Nurture & Expansion Campaign
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Wellington – One to One Match Program
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph – Play On! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds
  • Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo/Wellington – Community Safe Talk Workshops Child Witness Centre – 2019 Guelph and Wellington County Youth Symposium
  • Community TorchLight – Wrap Around Training, Creating Confident Volunteers
  • Community Resource Centre of North and Centre Wellington – Emergency Food Security Program
  • Family Counselling and Support Services for Guelph/Wellington – Breaking Free Better Choices
  • Food4Kids Waterloo Wellington – Food4Kids Guelph Expansion Program
  • Grand River Conservation Foundation – Guelph Lake Nature Centre Creature Homes
  • Guelph Chinese Performing Arts – Performances for Community
  • Guelph Community Health Centre – Community Food Market Brant Expansion
  • Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition – Accessible Community Yoga
  • Guelph Humane Society – Pets in Transition Program
  • Guelph Youth Music Centre – Community Outreach Programs
  • HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre – Better Sleep Program
  • March of Dimes Canada – Family and Caregiver Transitional Program
  • Out on the Shelf – Expansion of Guelph-Wellington LGBTQ+ Library Resources
  • Shelldale Better Beginnings, Better Futures – Junior Roots Program                                                            
  • Start2Finish Canada Running and Reading Clubs of Guelph                                                                    
  • The Life Centre – Meal Program for the Agape Café
  • The Portage Program for Drug Dependencies – Guelph Aftercare Support Program
  • Sunrise Therapeutic Riding and Learning Centre – Equine Empowerment Program
  • Wyndham House – Community Engagement Fund
  • YMCA/YWCA of Guelph – SHARKs (Safe Healthy Aquatic Recreation for Kids)

Total 2018 Community Grants: $100,470

Musagetes Fund (a donor advised fund at The Guelph Community Foundation)

For 2018, The Musagetes Fund goal is to make arts more central and meaningful in people’s lives. They are looking for innovative and bold projects that help with new approaches to building community and culture. The following projects will be funded for 2018.

  • Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition – Blackball        
  • Ed Video – Filmmaking Workshop for Deaf Artists    
  • Art Gallery of Guelph – The House Project – Rooftop Oracle
  • Guelph Museums – Galt 240: Reflection and Reconciliation
  • Guelph Jazz Festival – Play Who You Are: KidsAbility Youth Ensemble with SlowPitchSound
  • Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival – Breaking Ground Mentorship Program        
  • Guelph Arts Council – Making Art, Making Change
  • Art Gallery of Guelph – Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators
  • Guelph Film Festival and Ed Video – Anthropocence

Total 2018 Musagetes Fund: $46,000        

About The Guelph Community Foundation

The Guelph Community Foundation is a charitable public foundation whose purpose is to provide leadership in community philanthropy and enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Guelph and surrounding areas. The Foundation pools the charitable gifts of donors into permanent, interest earning endowments.

The income from the endowments supports a range of charitable programs and activities. Currently, the Foundation administers $14.4 million in funds with $10.4 million in permanent endowed assets. Since inception, $4.2 million has been distributed to more than 950 charitable programs.

The Guelph Community Foundation is located at 46 Cork St. E. in Guelph. For more information on how you can invest for community impact, please visit here.