The Operating Grant supports neighbourhood groups and neighbourhood events that have operated for two years or more. Neighbourhood applicants can apply for up to $500 per year in operating funding to support eligible activities. 

How to apply

  1. Connect with your neighbours about an operating grant application. The following groups can apply for this grant: 
    • Affiliated neighbourhood associations that do not receive foundational funding 
    • Non-affiliated neighbourhood groups
    • Two or more Waterloo residents from different addresses who are not a part of a neighbourhood organization that plan an annual neighbourhood event
  2. Review eligibility criteria and reach out to the neighbourhoods team to chat about your eligibility before applying. 
  3. Complete the online application.

When to apply

You can apply to the operating grant all year round! Plan ahead and email at least six weeks before you hope to have the funds. Funding is open from January 1 to December 31. Applicants may receive funds once in a 12-month period.

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What this grant supports

Operating funds are for regular, ongoing costs. These may include, but are not limited to, costs associated with reoccurring initiatives, email and website costs, rental fees for meeting space, event supplies, and more. The application form includes a budget section to complete online or use the budget form to summarize costs. 

Funds support neighbourhood operations only. City-wide activities, initiatives that are not neighbourhood-based, or non-profit organizations that are not neighbourhood groups are not eligible. 

For full program details, please review the Neighbourhood Grant Policy

The Operating Grant supports specific types of neighbours and ongoing activities - explore other grant streams that may be a better fit for your project on the neighbourhood funds webpage.