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. 

In the first year, 39 groups were awarded Wellness@Work grants to launch their wellness program, idea or initiative. Click here to view the list of grants awarded in 2018

The grant program was offered again in 2019 and 44 wellness grant programs are wrapping up for this grant cycle.

We're excited to launch the program again for 2020-2021 applications.


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.

Be sure to read the attached application package to better understand what types of costs are typically approved and not approved within the scope of this program.

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

Learn More

Please review below the attached application form and FAQ document for further details on the Grant Program and Wellness@Work.

When the grant program is open for applications, there are typically two in-person sessions for interested applicants to learn more and ask questions. The information sessions are scheduled for:

  • February 25th, 12-1pm  
  • March 9th, 10-11am 

Application Process

The grant program for 2020-2021 is now open for applications. Applicants must read the attached grant program overview, complete the application form with a signature from the department's AVP or Dean, and submit to sjoosse@uoguelph.ca by March 31st, 2020.  All applications must be received by 4:30pm.


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.