Neighbourhoods

Apply for a matching grant, find neighbourhood associations, and find out more about our neighbourhood strategy.

Matching grants

The Neighbourhood Matching Fund (NMF) is a grant program funded by the City of Waterloo and the United Way Waterloo Region Communities. Groups can apply for up to $7,500 in matched funds.

The NMF supports neighbourhood place-making projects within Waterloo. The funding request must be matched. This means for every $1 you request you must contribute $1 in volunteer labour, donated services/materials or cash. 

Applications will open in early 2019. The 2019 submission deadlines are 2:00 p.m. on February 27 and October 23.

Eligibility requirements

  • any two or more neighbours can apply
  • focus on placemaking: spaces and events that bring neighbours together
  • neighbourhood based (not city-wide) within Waterloo city limits
  • free or low cost to participants
  • steps taken to consider how participation can be inclusive to everyone such as cultural aspects, food choices, physical accessibility, language, and more
  • can be completed in one year
  • capital projects must be open, inclusive, and place limited restrictions on community use
  • food expenses are limited to 50% of the total budget
  • new projects or emerging groups are given priority  

Our NMF toolkit will be able to answer additional questions you have. 

Projects and groups that are not eligible

Groups:

  • an individual
  • groups previously awarded a NMF grant that have not completed the project or have not submitted their project summary report
  • political organizations
  • government organizations
  • for-profit businesses
  • educational institutions
  • religious organizations that have not demonstrated support from the surrounding neighbourhood and/or the initiative is religious in nature
  • not-for-profits and registered charities not neighbourhood-based
Project or items:
  • ongoing operating funding
  • items already purchased
  • conflict with existing City of Waterloo or United Way policy

Neighbourhood associations and boundaries

View maps for neighbourhood associations and neighbourhood boundaries. Printable maps can be ordered from our maps page.

Neighbourhood associations 

These groups work collaboratively with the City of Waterloo in a formal partnership as an association to foster neighbourhood connections and create opportunities for recreation. 

Home associations

These groups also work to foster neighbourhood connections and create opportunities for recreation.  Many associations were initiated based on covenants formed by land developers, with these groups often gathering around pools and tennis courts in their area.

Neighbourhood groups

These groups are another example of residents working as a neighbourhood to foster connections and create opportunities for recreation.

Neighbourhood strategy

Council approved Waterloo's first neighbourhood strategy in 2018. It will be put into action over the next five years. It encourages neighbour interaction, empowers residents to lead and commits the city to an enabling corporate culture. 

If you would like to receive notifications about the implementation of the neighbourhood strategy, sign up to receive email updates