Waterloo delivers second round of financial support for neighbourhoods

Posted On Thursday January 21, 2021

The City of Waterloo is pleased to provide a second round of financial support for neighbour-led community building initiatives that support connections during the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically through the winter and spring 2021. 

In November 2020, the city introduced funds for neighbours to continue building connections in ways that align with COVID-19 related public health direction and focus on neighbourhood initiatives specifically through the winter. There was an overwhelming response and staff awarded about $5900 to 14 different projects in neighbourhoods across Waterloo, including:

  • snow clearing efforts
  • snow fort play supplies in Mary Allen Park
  • community cookbook
  • volunteer appreciation for neighbourhood food program
  • lantern walk kits, seasonal neighbourhood care kits, kits for seniors, Winterfest kits
  • prizes for decoration contests

Recognizing the commitment to neighbourhood-led community building and the ongoing displays of kindness across the city throughout this pandemic, we are pleased to announce a second round of funding. The maximum amount per grant is $500. 

Waterloo residents and community members, working independently or collaboratively, are encouraged to request funds any time from February 1 to 28, 2021, as long as they use the funds for a project by May 31, 2021. 

We welcome the opportunity to fund initiatives that:

  • respond to emergent needs and opportunities at the neighbourhood level;
  • contribute to community building;
  • encourage neighbourhood interactions;
  • empower neighbours to lead; and
  • are in compliance with all COVID-19 public health directives. 

Neighbours have what it takes to build strong connections and sometimes all they need is a little inspiration. To request funds, please contact us at neighbourhoods@waterloo.ca 

For more information about neighbourhoods, including our block connector program, the neighbourhood matching fund, mini grants, neighbourhood associations and more, please visit waterloo.ca/neighbourhoods 



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Shelly Reed
Communications consultant