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Grants to Ontario Nonprofits and Community Organizations for
Programs and Operating Support and Needs Related to COVID-19

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City of Waterloo

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12/01/20 2:00 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Ontario nonprofit and community organizations in eligible locations for operational support and for projects that benefit the local community. Grant funds may be used for organizational needs related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is intended to support local organizations that encourage recreation, sports, arts, culture, festivals, and neighborhood participation. The Community Cash Grant is available to organizations that play important roles in providing programs and services to the local community in the City of Waterloo.

Operating grants are:

  • Ongoing costs that support day-to-day working of your organization
  • Growing or expanding your programs and/or copying an existing program in another location, or at another time
  • Programs funded as a project in a past year

Examples of operating grants are: rent, insurance, telephone and Internet service, equipment for core services / community programs, salaries for staff or services, volunteer recruitment, training and office supplies / equipment. 

Project grants are:

  • One time, temporary projects with a specific objective
  • Are completed in a set timeframe with a clear beginning and end
  • Do not take longer than a year
  • They must differ from your core services or programs¬†

Examples of projects grants are events or activities.

Due to COVID-19 the City of Waterloo is providing more flexibility in the use of grants and organizations are welcome to apply for funds supporting one or more of the following:

  • Purchasing PPE equipment for staff or volunteers
  • Shifting operations to be in compliance with public health and provincial guidelines
  • Transitioning programs and events that follow public health and provincial guidelines
  • Other innovative projects to help recover and/or adapt to the current environment

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 140372

Estimated Size of Grant:

- The maximum amount of funding a group can receive for either an operating or a project grant is $5000 for this grant cycle.
- Requests in access of $5000 for either an operating or a project grant will not be considered.
- It is possible to apply for both an operating and a project grant. The total maximum amount any one organization can request is $10,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Community Cash Grant is available for not-for-profit and community organizations that play important roles in providing programs and services to the community.
- The organization must benefit the community through recreation and sports, arts and culture, festivals and events or neighborhoods
- Be organized for a minimum of 1 year and be in compliance with all applicable legislation, regulations and bylaws for all levels of government

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be two online Community Cash Grants workshops. Registration is required and attendees will be given tips on the following:
- Impacts of COVID-19 on the grant process
- What makes a successful grant submission
- Choosing the best category of funding
- The difference between project and operational funding
- Attendees will have the chance to ask staff questions about the grant process.

The workshop will be offered at two different dates and times. Register using the links provided below:
- Grant Workshop 1: Monday November 2, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
- Grant Workshop 2: Tuesday November 3, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

The same information will be presented at both workshops. Attendees only need to register for one session. Any difficulties registering, please email

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due on Tuesday December 1, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

The 2021 round of applications will be notified in February 2021.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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If you have any questions regarding your organization's eligibility please contact:
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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario: Waterloo;

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