Neighbourhood Funding

Building a stronger, healthier community for everyone

This request for proposals is for grants between $500-$5,000 to support community projects taking place between July 1, 2024 and June 30, 2025.  A total of $30,000 is available through our 2024 Neighbourhood Funding.


Eligible projects include (but are not restricted to) resident-led initiatives that increase social interaction, inclusion and diversity, increase community safety, build local skills and engage residents in projects that will benefit their community.

Examples include:

  • Community gatherings that promote engagement and interaction of diverse residents. Example:
    • Multi-cultural, social, or educational activities
  • Projects that engage residents in building strong neighbourhoods. Examples:
    • Community assessment and local planning
    • Local initiatives that improve neighbourhoods such as community clean-up days, community gardening, mural, art and beautification projects
  • Projects developed and led by equity-deserving groups to address needs in their communities
  • Enhancing an existing neighbourhood event


The below list outlines the main projects and expenses that are not eligible for this grant. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have a question about the eligibility of your project activities and expenses before applying.

Examples include:

  • Costs associated with capital or other fundraising campaigns
  • Activities that are not directly related to resident engagement
  • Travel expenses (exceptions will be made when travel expenses are essential to participation in activity)
  • Election campaign events
  • Bingo nights or fundraising activities
  • Office administration costs (staffing; rental; utilities etc.)
  • For-profit organizations or ventures
  • Existing or ongoing programs/services


  • This funding is targeted to informal groups of individuals (minimum 3 people) that are working together to improve their neighbourhood or empower a demographic community.
  • Each group needs to delegate a Project Representative who is at least 18 years old and will act as the point of contact between United Way Peterborough and District and your team – if none of your team members are 18+ please contact Elisha Rubacha, Community Impact Officer about selecting a Project Representative.
  • Grants will provide from $500 to a maximum of $5,000 for a project.


Interested groups are encouraged to schedule a meeting with Elisha Rubacha, Community Impact Officer prior to submitting their application to discuss the scope of their project, the application process, and reporting requirements. This is an opportunity to ask questions about your project’s eligibility and receive feedback on your application. Together, we will make sure all the necessary details are present so that the evaluators are able to understand the intentions of your project.

This meeting is not mandatory and project teams may choose to proceed with this application without this meeting. Attending this meeting is not considered during the scoring of your application.

Please download and complete the following to prepare for your application:



Please connect with Elisha Rubacha, Community Impact Officer
T: 705-742-8839 ext. 33

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