Local non profits receive $279,000 in City funding

The City of Guelph is pleased to award $279,400 to 43 local not-for-profit organizations through its Wellbeing Grant Program.
The grants will support a variety of programs and services aligned with the goals identified by the community in Guelph’s Community Wellbeing Initiative. They include: increasing democratic participation, increasing the city’s living standards, promoting healthy living, improving community vitality, and supporting endeavours in arts and culture, leisure, education, and environment.
This year, the City received requests for more than $760,000 in funding. In an effort to make the application process more fair, transparent, and accountable, City Council approved several improvements to the grant program as part of the Community Investment Strategy.
“The improved Wellbeing Grant Program includes a robust policy with clear goals, more accountability and transparency, performance measures, and reporting requirements,” says Barbara Powell, general manager of Community Engagement and Social Services. “Under the new program organizations receiving funding are required to report how they spent the money and what it achieved for the community. This will enable the City and residents to understand and assess the impact of its community investments.”
Another program improvement was the appointment of eight citizens with expertise in community benefit organizations to review grant applications and make allocation decisions.
“The citizen allocation panel is an important aspect of the grant program as it increases community participation in municipal decision making,” says Powell.
After reviewing the 77 applications, the grant allocation panel awarded $107,950 to 15 human and social services applicants; $132,900 to 21 arts and culture applicants; $15,050 to four recreation and sport applicants; and $23,500 to three other (community, environment or health) applicants. The maximum funding allocation per applicant is $15,000.
For the 2015 application process, Powell says the City will offer training sessions and provide guidance material “to ensure applicants understand the process and that they include important information the panel needs to make informed decisions.”
The list of 2014 grant recipients is available at guelph.ca/grants.

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