Grants

Suburbs

Every year, the City of Kitchener supports many deserving individuals and groups, in need of financial assistance to accomplish good work in our community, through our various grant programs:

 Community Development Infrastructure Program (CDIP)
The City of Kitchener is always working towards developing neighbourhood cohesion and stability. We offer the CDIP grant program to provide funds to neighbourhood associations and communities of interest to take action to address issues they have identified in their community.

Further details regarding eligibility criteria, procedures and process are provided in the policy document.

This grant runs until funds are exhausted.

For further information, please contact Fran Miller at 519-741-2200, ext. 7224.

Community grants

The City of Kitchener recognizes the importance of working with not-for-profit groups and community organizations, which is why we offer community grant opportunities to organizations and groups that provide services in the areas of arts and culture/special events, community support and development, and minor sports and recreation.

Sports grants are offered to affiliated minor sports groups who provide programming to youth 18 years of age and under.

Further details regarding eligibility criteria, procedures and process are provided on the Community Grants webpage

For more information contact Kathleen Woodcock at 519-741-2200, ext. 7597. 

 Community environmental improvement

The City of Kitchener strongly supports environmental stewardship and the development of community based environmental projects. We offer Community Environmental Improvement Grants in order to assist organizations, associations or groups working towards building a cleaner, healthier more environmentally sustainable Kitchener.

Further details regarding eligibility criteria, procedures and process are provided on the Community Environmental Improvement Grants webpage.

For more information, please contact the Planning division at 519-741-2426.

 Community garden grants

Community gardens provide access to fresh produce, connect neighbours, provide a sense of belonging and improve the look of neighbourhoods. We offer grants to assist with the start-up costs of new community gardens across our city. 

The deadline to apply is June 1, with approved garden locations being built in the following spring. Application instructions will be available soon. In the meantime, learn more about how to start new community gardens.

 Heritage grants

Kitchener has a special history and our heritage is greatly valued. We offer a heritage property grant program that assists designated property owners with the conservation of our cultural heritage resources.

Further details regarding eligibility criteria, procedures and process are provided on the Heritage Funding webpage.

The application period for the 2018 grants is closed. 

For more information, please contact Michelle Drake at 519-741-2200, ext. 7839.

 Inclusion grants

The City of Kitchener is committed to providing recreation and leisure-based programs and services to residents with disabilities. As part of that commitment, we offer inclusion grant opportunities to organizations/agencies in Kitchener whose programs/services are considered not to be a duplication of existing municipal services.

Grant requests are processed annually.

Download the 2018 Inclusion Grant Application Information package.
Download the 2018 Inclusion Grant Application form.

The deadline to apply is Oct. 31, 2018.

For further information please contact  LoriAnn Palubeski at 519-741-2200, ext.7225.

 In-kind facility grants
The City of Kitchener offers in-kind facility grant opportunities to not-for-profit groups and organizations providing a specific event to the general public in the areas of arts and culture/special events, community support and development, and minor sports and recreation.

If your event falls under one of these categories, and you would like to hold it at one of our municipal facilities, you may qualify. In-kind facility grants are only intended for one time special events. Requests for grants to cover the cost of facility rentals for meetings, programming or fundraising purposes do not qualify for a grant.

Further details regarding eligibility criteria, procedures and process are provided in the policy document.

This grant runs until funds are exhausted.

For more information, please contact Carrie Kozlowski at 519-741-2200, ext. 7395.

 Neighbourhood Matching Grant
Need cash for a cool idea in your neighbourhood? Up to $15,000 available for projects that renew a public place, strengthen relationships between neighbours or foster neighbourhood pride. Learn how you can get funding to support positive change in your neighbourhood.

Apply anytime. This grant runs until funds run out.

For more information, visit lovemyhood.ca  or contact Jenna van Klaveren at 519-741-2200, ext. 7083.

Placemaking Challenge Grant

Do you want to turn a space in your neighbourhood into a cool gathering place? The Neighbourhood Placemaking Challenge is an opportunity to transform the places you visit every day and where you spend time with neighbours. Placemaking brings a neighbourhood to life by turning everyday spaces into destinations and gathering places that people want to spend time in. Learn how to get funding to support placemaking projects in your neighbourhood.

For more information, visit lovemyhood.ca  or contact Jenna van Klaveren at 519-741-2200, ext. 7083.

Safe and Healthy Community Advisory Committee Inclusion and Belonging Neighbourhood Grant
The Safe and Healthy Community Advisory Committee will make one year cash grants for one time projects, initiatives or events that support inclusion and/or belonging within Kitchener neighbourhoods.

Further details regarding eligibility criteria, procedures and process are provided in the policy document.

This grant runs until funds are exhausted.

For further information, please contact Denise Keelan at 519-741-2200, ext. 7420.

 Travel assistance grant
Our travel assistance grant program is offered to Kitchener youth - 18 years of age or under - who are involved in non-profit minor sports or cultural activities and have qualified to compete in sport championships/cultural events outside our city.

These grants are intended to assist with the cost of travel to and from the event location only, where round-trip travel exceeds 500 kilometres.  

Further details regarding eligibility criteria, procedures and process are provided in the policy document. If you determine that your request meets the criteria, please return a fully completed application form, along with all required documents, as indicated on the form.

This grant runs until funds are exhausted.

For more information, please contact Ashley Purvis at 519-741-2200, ext. 7688.

 Youth Recreation Grant 
Research has shown that youth can thrive when involved in positive recreational activities. In efforts to help with the growth of youth recreation in our community, we offer a youth recreation grants program to provide financial assistance to local neighbourhood associations and community groups interested in developing recreational/social programs for youth of all abilities, aged 12-24.

Further details regarding eligibility criteria, procedures and process are provided on the Youth Recreation Grants webpage.

This grant runs until funds are exhausted.

For further information please contact  LoriAnn Palubeski at 519-741-2200, ext. 7225.

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