Please note: Applications will take 2-3 weeks to process. Our team is very busy and we are working hard to proccess applications as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience. 


Before applying:

Step 1: Check to see if you are eligible for funding.

a. Children from birth through 18 years of age (must be 18 years at time of application).

b. Children who live in Guelph or Wellington County.

c. Families with incomes below the following household income levels (based on Line 236 - net adjusted income).  Look at the chart below to see if your family income is below the amount shown for your family size.

Statistics Canada Low-Income Cut-Off Scale Before Tax Table (based on 2023 LICO)

Family Size

Family Income (based on line 236)

1 person (e.g. Independent Youth)


2 persons (e.g. parent + 1 child)


3 persons


4 persons


5 persons


6 persons


7 or more persons


Step 2: If you think you are eligible, you can begin the application process below by clicking Agree to the Terms and Conditions and then either logging into your existing account or registering for a new account (if you’ve never applied before).

You will need to have documents to show your family size and income.  Click here to see what document(s) we will want to see.

Applications are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis and can take up to three weeks to process. Need assistance logging in or have questions about the application process? Contact us: 519-826-9551 ext 123 or freetogrow@childrensfoundation.org 

If you would prefer to fill out a paper application form, click here to download an application form.

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