Youth Opportunities Award

Deadline Extended: Sunday, December 12th


Guelph Arts Council’s Youth Fund was initially established as a result of the financial success of Youth in Performance presentations that Guelph Arts Council sponsored between 1980 and 1990. Additions to the fund were made over the years, and awards were extended to graduating Guelph high school students in recognition of talent, excellence and creativity in the visual or performing arts. In 2005, the awards program was discontinued and Guelph Arts Council began to assess how best to support youth in the arts. At the same time, in order to get the best return on investment, the capital of the fund was turned over to The Guelph Community Foundation to manage. Commencing in 2009, through funds generated from Guelph Arts Council Youth Opportunities Fund, Guelph Arts Council offers an award(s) to initiate, enhance or expand opportunities for children and youth to experience or become engaged in the arts.

If you have any questions about the Youth Opportunities Award please contact [email protected] 

View our Past Recipients

Research and Renewal Award

Applications have closed for 2021

In February 2021 Guelph Arts Council staff were approached by supporter Jason Nadon, who shared an idea for an award for Guelph artists that would bring together artistic creation with themes of heritage and community. This award will provide artists with the funds to research and interpret local stories and histories, to engage with Guelph residents through their artistic projects, and to build community connections. 

Jane Graham Memorial Award

Applications have closed for 2021

Jane Graham was a much-loved and respected visual artist living and working in the Guelph area for many years prior to her death in 2005. Donations in her memory made possible the creation of the GAC Jane Graham Memorial Fund at The Guelph Community Foundation. Through the fund, GAC offers an annual award for a visual artist(s) to pursue professional development opportunities.

Sue Richards Artist Relief Fund

Deadline: Ongoing

The Guelph Arts Council Sue Richards Artist Relief Fund provides emergency financial relief to local artists living with debilitating health issues. This fund was created in response to a growing community realization of the plight of self-employed artists whose health leaves them unable to work. Guelph Arts Council provides this relief, within the limits of the funds available annually, through donations made in honour of the late Guelph artist Sue Richards and a 2017 bequest from her estate.

If you have any questions about the Sue Richards Artist Relief Fund please contact [email protected] 

‘Hug’ by Sue Richards

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