Take a look at our Festival of Neighbourhoods Billboard with the announcements of the July Early Bird Prize Winner, the new city of Kitchener neigbhourhood grants, and more tips on how to make your neighbourhood activities simple, manageable and year round fun. You will see as well which Wards are in the lead with most activities registered and you can check our updated 2014 map! Keep ever-fresh with updates by following us on the FoN Facebook and Twitter!
Festival of Neighbourhoods
Would you like to take your Mayor for a walk around your neighbourhood this fall? Then, tell us what your neighbourhood means to you! You can write or sing about it. Take some photos of your favourite places. Draw a picture that exists around the corner or that is only in your mind. Submit a story in a medium of your choice and take this wonderful chance to connect with the Mayor, celebrate your City and talk about items of interest to your neighbourhood! The Mayor and the Festival of Neighbourhods representative will choose the winner who would lead the tour. Deadline for applications is October 6th at 3 pm.
The Safe and Healthy Community Advisory Committee is making one year cash grants for one time projects, initiatives or events that support inclusion and/or belonging within Kitchener neighbourhoods. Maximum of $2,000 per proposal for one time initiatives with ties to established community organizations and $500 for individuals or informal group! Read more on eligibility and criteria. April 1st deadline has been extended and grants are accepted on an ongoing basis in the first year!
Neighbourhood Improvement Grants are making difference in Kitchener Neighbourhoods! You can make a difference too with the increased investment of $21,000! Mark you calender for the Festival Finale on November 2nd in the Kitchener City Hall and be there to have a chance to win. Choosing among 19 Jane's Walks this weekend, you might get many ideas how to improve your neighbourhood! Don't forget to register all your Earth Month Clean-ups and huge thank you all for the shiny green spaces you uncovered this spring in Kitchener!
The Festival of Neighbourhoods (FON) grant got a long-overdue increase in yesterday’s community and infrastructure services committee meeting. Pending ratification by council on April 14, the $10,000 grant, which started 20 years ago and has never had an increase, will now be $21,000.
March E-Neighbour is out! We are revealing the Festival of Neighbourhoods theme for the year, announcing the first Early Bird Winner, and calling in Spring with Community Clean-ups! Plan for your neighbourhood clean-up, school-yard clean-up, 20 Minute Makeover on April 22nd and let us know how you enjoyed the sun with your neighbours, colleagues and friends. You can be a star on our 2014 FON Map! Next Early Bird registration deadline is March 31!
After 45 conversations hosted in Waterloo Region, come together with others to hear the wisdom of over 800 of your neighbours who spoke about the present and the future of community. Hear about the things we have learned individually and collectively at the summit What community Means- February 8th, 10 am - 1 pm at Mary's Place Community Room at 84 Frederick street in Kitchener.
Festival of Neighbourhoods is offering a special Holiday Gift - the first five neighbourhoods to book the trunk before January 1st 2014 will play for FREE! Next five neighbourhoods get a 50% off the booking fee. Our Neighbourhood Activity Trunk has a new look - See the awesome online catalog and book the trunk for you next activity for a reduced fee.
A New Year begins for the Festival of Neighbourhooods. We are already collecting registrations gearing up for the first Early Bird Draw for all the activities you hosted by December 31st. Halloween and the Holiday season offers many opportunities for neighbours to get together indoors and outdoors! Read our November newsletter and tell us more about the great neighbourhood of yours.