Are you looking for ways to create connections in your neighbourhood? If you would benefit from a small amount of funds to support your idea follow these steps:

  1. Brainstorm an idea for an event, project, or activity.
  2. Email the neighbourhoods team for up to $300 in funding. Include your idea (who, what, where, when, why, and how in a few sentences) and funding request.
  3. Receive funds and complete your neighborhood connection project!


Mini grants support Waterloo residents working on projects that promote belonging in neighbourhoods. The maximum funding per project is $300 cash and/or in-kind support for eligible expenses.


The following are neighbourhood ideas that would be eligible for mini grants:

  • holiday card making workshop
  • outdoor activities such as water play, sports, or nature exploration
  • scavenger hunt supplies
  • potluck, barbeque, or cultural food celebration
  • safety, wellness, or environment workshops on a neighbourhood scale
  • sidewalk chalk, arts, or crafts contest kits
  • pollinator patches or gardens
  • campfire event

When to apply

You can email the neighbourhoods team about a mini grant all year round! Funding is open from January 1 to December 31. Applicants may receive funds twice in a 12-month period.

Successful mini grant recipients

Activity kits for families

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lakeshore South Community Association noticed families were looking for fun and engaging activities to do at home. Neighbourhood leaders at Adventure4change created activity kits and distributed them to local families to enjoy. These kits promoted creativity and enhanced the well-being of youth in our community! 

Street party

The Southwick-Croydon neighbours have been hosting an annual street party for over two decades. In 2019, neighbours continued the tradition to share food, socialize, and connect for a special 25th anniversary party. The neighbourhood gathering also provided a chance to celebrate two neighbours becoming new Canadian citizens.

Talk turkey to me photo contest

Neighbours in Lincoln Heights were spotting a number of new visitors to the area but of an unusual variety- wild turkeys! The sightings led to the idea for a neighbourhood photo contest. The entries included submissions for adult, child, and meme categories. The winners received a prize for their participation and neighbours got to see the turkey in action throughout Lincoln Heights.