Guelph Museums Re-opening, and Assistance for Non-Profits Announced

In other signs that life is slowly turning back to some semblance of normalcy, the City of Guelph announced Monday that they’ve set re-opening dates for Guelph Civic Museums. For other non-profits struggling because of the pandemic, the City also announced Monday how they will be implementing the council-approved $350,000 in funding to assist non-profits with emergency funding.

First, the Guelph Museums. Starting Tuesday, the Civic Museum will be open for the entertainment and education of museum members, and will then be open to the general public on Friday July 24. McCrae House, birthplace of “In Flander’s Field” author John McCrae, will be open again to the public on July 28.

While the museums will be open, you will not be able to just pop in for a visit, you will have to reserve a time for your visit in advanced by either calling 519-836-1221, or by booking a time on the Eventbrite. Visiting hours for the Civic Museum will be Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm, while McCrae House will be open Tuesday to Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm. Entry to the museums will be admission free until September 6 but donations will be accepted.

“We’re so happy to be able to welcome back museum employees, members and visitors,” said manager of Guelph Museums Tammy Adkin in a statement. “We’re also excited to resume our Fourth Friday concerts this Friday, outdoors at the Civic Museum, with Murray Foster of Great Big Sea and Moxy Früvous fame.”

Fourth Friday festivities at the Civic Museum will take place this coming Friday with an outdoor concert and extended visiting hours from 10 am to 9 pm.

For other Guelph non-profits there is more assistance coming.

At the June COVID-19 response meeting of city council, a motion from Ward 5 city councillor Cathy Downer was unanimously approved to spend $350,000 from the annual dividend from Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. to assist recipients of the annual Community Benefit grant as one-time emergency funding. The City released the details of how groups might apply on Monday.

“Not-for-profit organizations and unincorporated groups are the cornerstone of what makes Guelph a vibrant city,” said general manager of Culture, Tourism and Community Investment Danna Evans in a statement. “This funding will help local organizations continue to serve our community with much-needed services and programs.”

Applying for the funds is as simple as three easy steps: Get the application guide and eligibility on the City’s website, complete the application, and submit it back to the City before midnight on August 16 in order to be eligible for phase one of the funding. Applications will be open and available on July 31.

To be considered for the emergency funds, groups must demonstrate that their planned new or modified programs will benefit the community, how their previous work and programming has assisted the community, and their need for financial assistance. Applications will be reviewed by the City’s Social and Community Response Table members, who will then make recommendations to Deputy CAO of Public Services Colleen Clack.

The money will be awarded in two phases in August and October, but organizers will only be allowed to apply to one phase.

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