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Neighbourhood matching fund open for second round

Waterloo - Applications are now being accepted for the second round of the City of Waterloo’s neighbourhood matching program. The program is launched twice a year in order to capture seasonal-type projects and different ideas that may pop up spontaneously throughout the year. According to Kristy Smith, neighbourhood coordinator with the City of Waterloo, the bi-annual application process makes it easy for community groups to plan their projects. “If a group wants to host a winter carnival but missed the spring application deadline, they don’t have to wait another year to confirm funding. They can apply in the fall well in advance of their winter event date.”

About $7000 was awarded to four community groups earlier this spring, for a variety of projects including:

Clair Hills Community Association will host a milkweed planting in St. Moritz Park to help create a habitat for Monarch butterflies;

MacGregor Albert Neighbourhood Association will host a welcome student BBQ, gym night, a holiday party, a tour through Lucinda House and a neighbourhood potluck in the upcoming year to celebrate its status as newly-formed neighbourhood association;

Westvale Community Association will host an outdoor movie night in its neighbourhood park; and

Mavis Chan, a resident of the City of Waterloo and a student at the University of Waterloo, will facilitate interactive sessions to encourage university students to vote in municipal, provincial and federal elections.

The city’s partnership with the Kitchener-Waterloo United Way once again allows residents and community groups the opportunity to facilitate community-initiated projects. The request must demonstrate strong support from the neighbourhood and the requested funds – up to $3000 – must be matched with cash, donated professional services or materials, or volunteer labour.
The application deadline is Oct. 8, 2015. For full program eligibility and requirement information, please visit HYPERLINK "http://www.waterloo.ca/nmf" www.waterloo.ca/nmf.



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