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Funding Opportunities

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How to apply

Applications are open to any registered charity or qualified donee located and operating in Waterloo Region.

  • There are two streams of funding within the Community Impact Fund. Please see details below and in the Application Guides provided.
  • Maximum amount per grant is $50,000
  • Funding allocated needs to be spent within one year of allocation date.

  • Community Impact Fund application opportunities occur on a quarterly basis. We recognize that agency needs extend beyond three months. For that reason, an agency is able have the same application considered in the next funding period, providing updated information as necessary (e.g. budget, emerging needs). For more information on when and how to do this, please speak with United Way Community Investment staff.


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Q1 Funding (Starting April 1st, 2024)
Applications open: January 15th – February 2nd, 2024
Decisions Communicated: March 4th – 8th, 2024

Q2 Funding (Starting July 1st, 2024)
Applications open: April 15th – May 3rd, 2024
Decisions Communicated: June 3rd – 7th, 2024

Q3 Funding (Starting October 1st, 2024)
Applications open: July 15th – August 2nd, 2024
Decisions Communicated: Sept 2nd  – 6th, 2024

Q4 Funding (Starting Jan 1st, 2025)
Applications open: October 14th  – November 1st, 2024
Decisions Communicated: Dec 2nd – 6th, 2024

Annual Reporting – Funding April 1st 2023 – March 31st 2024)
April 1st – 19th 2024

General Operating Support (GOS)

These grants are intended to support an organization’s ability to achieve its mission overall. This type of grant is flexible and allows grantees to allocate funds towards self-identified organizational priorities in order to develop and strengthen their internal systems.

Program/Project Grants

These grants support specific programs or projects of an organization. This type of grant allows grantees to focus on specific aspects of their work. Programs/projects can be new or existing.

A group of local funders in Waterloo Region, including The Astley Family Foundation, Lyle S. Hallman Foundation, Social Venture Partners Waterloo Region, United Way Waterloo Region Communities and Waterloo Region Community Foundation have been working together over the past few years on several initiatives. Collectively we focus on building a strong and healthy community. Organizations applying for grants have shared the need for one common place that lists upcoming funding opportunities. We listened and have created Waterloo Region APPLY. Check out the website at

For more information or questions, please reach out to us!

Brian Kamm

Manager, Community Investment

519-888-6100 EXT. 209 |

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Funded Partners

At United Way we fund a network of community partners helping people meet their basic needs, access mental health supports, and reduce social isolation.


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