The Neighbourhood Matching Fund supports grassroots projects that address a community need in this city.
How do I apply?
The application process for 2016 is now closed. Please check back in January for information about application deadlines for 2017.
The program overview offers details on eligibility criteria, match information, procedures and rating scale.
Who can apply?
- Community members who form a committee for the purpose of a specific project
- A community group that is already formed (i.e. a neighbourhood association)
- The applicant must have an open democratic membership and must actively seek involvement from area residents
Projects that focus on the arts, education, environment, history, public safety, place-making, community building or recreation are eligible for a grant.
Clair Hills Community Association Winter Classic
The Clair Hills Winter Classic is just one example of a successful community building event made possible with the help of the neighbourhood matching fund.
Here are some other examples of projects that may be eligible for a grant:
- MacGregor Albert Neighbourhood Association hosted a welcome student BBQ, gym night, a holiday party, a tour through Lucinda House and a neighbourhood potluck to celebrate its status as newly-formed neighbourhood association;
- Westvale Community Association held an outdoor movie night in its neighbourhood park; and
- Mavis Chan, a resident of the City of Waterloo and a student at the University of Waterloo, facilitated interactive sessions to encourage university students to vote in municipal, provincial and federal elections.
- Existing community groups - such as a neighbourhood association or groups that form to work on a specific project
- New projects that need one-time funding
- Projects based in Waterloo in a neighbourhood or specific place
- Projects that are accessible and inclusive, and benefit the community
- Projects that will be completed in one year
This grant program gives grants of up to $3,000, which you must match. That means that for every $1 you request, you must put in at least $1 of cash, donated professional services or materials, or volunteer labour.
Please review the program overview for more information.
Visit the neighbourhood matching fund blog for information on neighbourhood matching fund projects.