Wellness@Work Grant Program

In 2018, a new grant program launched through the Wellness@Work initiative to further enhance the physical and psychological health, safety and the quality of life for all faculty and staff. View a summary of some of the grant programs that have taken place over the years:

  • 2018- 39 grant programs 
  • 2019- 44 grant programs 
  • 2020- 21 grant programs 

Currently, we are re-envisioning our grant program and will provide updates as they become available. 


The goal of the initiative is to promote the wellbeing of the whole person, build caring campus environments that are vibrant and inclusive, open and respectful, where University members and visitors alike know they are valued and working together to build healthier communities.

The Wellness@Work Grant Program encourages faculty and staff across all campuses and research stations at the University of Guelph to help promote wellness in their workplace through the implementation of a tailored health‐promoting program, approach or idea in their workplace.

Grant Opportunities

You play a key role in fostering a healthy campus community. This initiative provides an opportunity to be innovative as you test out a new healthy workplace idea in your department.

When the grant program is open for applications, departments/groups can apply for a seed grant (up to a maximum of $3000, one time) for their initiative. The number of grants available will be dependent on the number of applications received and the amount distributed for each successful grant.

Departments/groups are encouraged to collaborate with other groups to submit a joint application. In the application review process, selected applications with similar goals or ideas may be matched to collaborate on their workplace wellness idea.

Eligibility Criteria

Applications will be reviewed by a sub‐committee of the Wellness@Work Advisory Committee. Programming and ideas must fit within one or more of the following three priority elements of the Wellness@Work Initiative:

  • healthy lifestyle
  • mental health and workplace culture and/or
  • organizational social responsibility.

Approved and Non-Approved Costs

Expenses related to physical changes to your workspace or safety equipment for your team do not fall within the scope of this grant program. 

Please review the application form and FAQ document for further details on the grant program with a more detailed list of approved and non-approved items.

Departments are responsible for the up-front cost of the grant program and are only reimbursed their approved amount at the end of the grant program.  

Important Considerations with COVID-19

Due to COVI9-19, many social activities are now be limited and physical distancing measures enforced.  This year, we ask you to get creative in how you might bring people together for a wellness activity, recognizing that we are likely not able to gather in large groups in the coming months.

Grant programs must reflect current health and safety measures to protect the well-being of all employees participating.  The University is no longer accepting applications for grant programs that run off-campus in a community location; however, virtual activities that can be joined remotely are encouraged.

Application Process

The grant program for 2022-2023 is opening February 1st, 2022.

The grant application has moved to Qualtics is to be submitted digitally. Apply now by submitting your grant application!

Important dates

  • February 1, 2022 : Applications open 
  • February 7, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm: Virtual information session
  • March 3, 2022 10:00am - 11:00am: Virtual information session
  • March 31, 2022: Application deadline
  • May 2, 2022: Applications notified of decision 
  • October 2022: Mid-term progress check-In 
  • March 31, 2023: Funding spending deadline and all financial documentation submitted
  • April 21, 2023: Final report due

Readiness Checklist

I have…

  • Support and endorsement from my AVP or Dean to submit a grant application and approval to cover up-front costs;
  • Conducted an informal needs assessment to determine what would interest and benefit colleagues in my department/group;
  • Considered the health benefits and potential outcomes of the program or idea on the staff/faculty;
  • Been thoughtful about how to create an accessible and inclusive program for diverse employees;
  • Determined how the program or idea will be evaluated/outcomes measured;
  • Discussed how this initiative might be able to be sustained and continued beyond the one year funding available; and
  • Reviewed the application form and the FAQ document to ensure all information necessary to complete the grant application has been included. 


Thank you to the University of British Columbia for generously sharing materials and information from their Healthy Workplace Initiative Fund, which has inspired the Wellness@Work Grant Program.