The City’s Racialized and Indigenous Supports for Equity (RISE) Fund is accepting applications for the spring 2024 intake period from April 2 – May 2, 2024.

The community grant provides support for Black, Indigenous and racialized community-led organizations, programs, initiatives or events designed to decrease inequities and increase opportunities and well-being for those communities in Kitchener.

Since 2023, the City’s RISE Fund has awarded $250,000 in grants to Black, Indigenous and other racialized community-led programs, projects and events. 

Applications can be submitted online and in person at all City community centres. Paper copies are also available at all City of Kitchener community centres upon request. Applications can be submitted in languages other than English, and translation or interpretation services will be provided upon request.

The City is hosting a two-part grant writing workshop on April 11 and 18:

  • dates: Thursday, April 11, and Thursday, April 18
  • time: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • location: Kitchener Public Library

Register online.

To learn more about the RISE fund or to apply online, visit


For more information, contact:

Bethany Rowland
Director, Corporate Communications & Marketing
City of Kitchener

Fall 2023 RISE Fund recipients

Abeingo Association Canada

African Women's Alliance of Waterloo Region

Afropolitan Canada

Congress of Black Women - Waterloo Region


Kingsdale Community Garden



Nigerians in the Region of Waterloo (NIROW)

O:se Kenhionhata:tie (Land Back Camp)

Sporas Scattered