Apply for up to $300 to support projects that promote neighbourhood connection! Applications are open all year round, simply follow the steps below to apply:

  1. Brainstorm an idea for a new event, project, or activity.
  2. Email the neighbourhoods team or apply online for up to $300 in funding. Include your idea (who, what, where, when, why, and how in a few sentences) and outline how much you are request and what you will be spending the funds on.
  3. Receive funds and complete your neighbourhood connection project!


Mini grants support City of Waterloo community members working on projects that promote belonging in neighbourhoods. The maximum funding per project is $300 for eligible expenses. Projects need to be neighbourhood-led and involve inclusive participation of neighbours.   

When to apply

You can email the neighbourhoods team or apply online for a mini grant all year round! Plan ahead, where possible, and submit your idea at least one month before your idea is ready to start. Funding is open from January 1 to December 31. Applicants may receive funds twice in a 12-month period.


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

  • card making workshop
  • outdoor activities such as park events, 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 supplies, or craft kits
  • pollinator patches or gardens

Check out available how-to guides for support with neighbourhood activities.