By Christina DiPaola, Guelph Community Foundation Office Administrator

February 21, 2023

This winter the Musagetes Arts Fund will again be accepting applications from arts organizations for funding of up to $5,000. The period to apply is between February 27 – April 10, 2023 through The Guelph Community Foundation.

Image provided by Art Not Shame, Mural Project: Art in Hard Times, 2020, Melanie Shambach, with funding provided by the Musagetes Art Fund 2020

Since 2004 The Musagetes Fund has been providing grants to arts organizations in Guelph and Wellington County. This granting stream comes from a donor advised fund held at the Guelph Community Foundation to support registered charities. This fund is intended to act as a catalyst for the ongoing production and enjoyment of performing, visual, and literary arts excellence in Guelph and area. Organisations that are not registered charities, such as non-profit art organisations, art collectives, or other eligible entities can apply for project funding if they partner with a registered charity. The Guelph Community Foundation can help establish these partnerships upon request.

Applications for The Musagetes Fund will be accepted from February 27 – April 10, 2023 online through the Guelph Community Foundation’s granting portal. The grant is particularly interested in funding new approaches to building community and culture. Preference will be given to organizations that engage a community-based partner who satisfies a connection(s) to social justice, environmental resilience, and intercultural relationships through the arts.

Organizations can apply for two different funding options:

1. Project Funding – with the option of dedicating up to 30% of the budget to operating costs.

2. Operational Funding – using 100% of granted dollars for operating funds to be used where they are needed most. Organizations applying for Operational Funding must have a reputation for excellence in the arts and at least 2 years of previous history with Musagetes funding to be eligible. 

In Classical Greek mythology, Musagetes (pronounced ‘Mews-a-get-ees’) is the name given to the god Apollo in his role as protector and promoter of the Muses. This is why this fund shares its name as it similarly champions the arts. The Musagetes Fund promotes the arts and artistic creativity as tools for social transformation.

If you have questions about the fund or eligibility requirements, please reach out to [email protected] to discuss.

The Waterloo Region Community Foundation is also accepting applications for The Musagetes Fund for their area. If you know of an arts organization in Waterloo Region that might be interested in applying direct them to WRCF’s page for more details:

About The Guelph Community Foundation:

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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 through endowments, stewardship, and granting programs. 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. The Foundation currently administers $14.9 million in funds with $12.3 million in permanent endowed assets. The Guelph Community Foundation is located at 55 Wyndham St N, Suite 4A, in the Old Quebec Street Shoppes in downtown Guelph. To learn more please visit

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