Acorn & Seedling Prizes

While our Grand Prize winner is hard at work, the donations continue to flow with the monthly Acorn Prizes and $5,000 Seedling Grant at our Grand Finale.


Here’s How it Works

  • We’ll write a $500 “Acorn Prize” cheque to one charity per month between January and May 2019
  • All charities in Guelph and Wellington (including semi finalists and finalists from the grand prize) will be invited to submit ONE proposal at about how $500 can help address
    an immediate need
  • Charities can submit their request between November 15 and December 15, 2018 at
  • We’ll randomly draw five applications per month for public voting, and will notify the finalists on the first Monday of each month
  • You’ll spend the week asking your supporters to get ready to vote!
  • Voting will be active each month from the second Monday at 8am to the third Friday at 8pm
  • Acorn prizes announced following Tuesday
  • Acorn votes do not require a story, but do require a voter’s first/last name and email address
  • Highest vote count wins Acorn prize ($500), and we reset
  • If you didn’t win one month, you’ll go back into the running for the next month

When you apply for the Acorn prize you can also choose to apply for the $5,000 Seedling Prize!

  • To be eligible, when you apply for the Acorn Prize charities must also answer 3 questions:
    – Your Idea (250 words max)
    – Implementation plan (250 words max)
    – Expected impact and how you’ll measure (250 words max)
  • Regardless of whether you make it into an Acorn prize round, you’re automatically eligible for the Seedling Prize
  • Our panel of community judges will score all Seedling entries
  • The Seedling Prize winner’s total score will be comprised of votes received during the June 2019 finale event (50%) and the Judges’ scores (50%)

Submissions must be made between November 1 and December 15, 2018.