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

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  1. Matching grants
  2. Mini grants
  3. Neighbourhood associations
  4. Neighbourhood leadership teams
  5. Neighbourhood strategies

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. 

Application process

  1. Download and complete the NMF application form (PDF).
  2. The next application deadline is Wednesday, October 23 before 2 p.m. Consider starting your application now.

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


  • 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

Mini grants

If you have an idea for your neighbourhood that would benefit from support money consider applying for the mini grant.

The City of Waterloo mini grants for neighbours program is open year round from January 1 to December 31. Eligible applicants are Waterloo residents working independently or collaboratively on a project that benefits neighbourhood cohesion.

Applicants may receive funds twice in a 12 month period, the maximum funding per project is $300 cash and/or in kind support for eligible expenses. Applications will be reviewed and a response will be received within two weeks. 

To discuss this opportunity and your initiative please contact

Neighbourhood associations


Neighbourhood association boundaries are available as an open data set or a downloadable map (23MB PDF).

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 leaders team

The city recruited for a neighbourhood leaders team to bring together representatives to enhance connections between neighbours over the next five years to support the implementation of the neighbourhood strategy.

Stay tuned for the work that neighbourhood leaders will do for your community.

Subscribe to our neighbourhoods e-newsletter 

Waterloo Neighbourhoods – What’s Happening? is our e-newsletter about all things neighbourhoods. It shares good news stories, grant opportunities and different happenings in neighbourhoods across Waterloo. It highlights key information from different city departments and community partners. We encourage you to subscribe today.

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