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

On this page

  1. Food and Funds
  2. Matching grants
  3. Mini grants
  4. Neighbourhood associations
  5. Neighbourhood leadership teams
  6. Neighbourhood strategies

Foods and Fund

In keeping with the Region of Waterloo Public Health directive for physical distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have cancelled the Food and Funds event originally scheduled for April 30. We will let the community know when we have a new date. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Matching grants

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

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 guidelines
  1. Reach out to NMF staff if you have questions about the application process. We want your application to be successful, so please contact us anytime.
  2. The 2020 grant deadlines are February 21, June 3, and October 21 before 2:00 p.m.
  3. Late applicants will not be considered
Eligibility requirements:
  • any two or more neighbours can apply
  • focus on place-making: spaces and events that are inclusive and bring neighbours together 
  • neighbourhood based (not city-wide), within Waterloo city limits
  • must be completed in one year of application the funding
  • at least 25% of the funds matched must come from the applicant group, such as volunteer work
  • food expenses are limited to 50% of the total budget
  • capital projects (one time expense) must be open, inclusive, and place limited restrictions on community use
Projects and groups that are not eligible:
Groups Project or items

an individual

ongoing operating funding

groups previously awarded a NMF grant that have not completed the project or have not submitted their project summary report conflict with existing City of Waterloo, Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation or United Way Water Region Communities policy
political organizations items already purchased
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  
Before you apply

You will need to address the topics below in the NMF application. Your answers can be saved if you need to exit and go back at a later time.

  1. What you plan to do, when your project will happen, where your project will take place, who will be involved in your project and what their roles will be, what tasks need to be completed and when.
  2. How is this project supported by the neighbourhood?
  3. The background work you have already done in terms of getting work quoted, permits needed for events and connecting with partners.
  4. How will you know if this project is a success?
  5. Identify potential risks of the project and how you will minimize them.
  6. Submit a budget with your costs and matched contribution. We recommend submitting our NMF sample budget which outlines volunteer work, in-kind contributions, cash donations, additional grants and other items. 

You can download the apply for a neighbourhood matching fund grant (PDF) here.

Are you ready to apply for an NMF grant?

Apply for the NMF

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 (9.4MB 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. 

Subscribe today, and you could win one of four $50 Mastercard gift cards! Winners will be announced in early June 2020.

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