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Destination Development Grants

Parklet Initiative and Grant Application 2024

Experience Waterloo is accepting grant request to support the construction of Parklets in Waterloo’s Downtown District.

The Waterloo Making-Parklet Initiative/fund/Reserve has been established to support Parklet infrastructure in Waterloo’s Downtown District.

Overall scores may be increased when an applicant clearly demonstrates the following:

  • Anticipated economic benefit to your business-
  • Unique and quality design
  • Ex: bike parking incorporated, use of greenery, lighting and etc
  • Feasibility
  • Placement

Application Standards  

  • Organizations may apply for up to $10,000 in reimbursement of eligible infrastructure related cost.
  • Applicants MAY be fully funded, based on Experience Waterloo  discretion, available funds, total applications and scores.
  • The Experience Waterloo Board reserves the right to establish a “maximum funding limit” in any particular grant cycle based on the total number of applications, total funds requested and total funds available.

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must have Parklet application submitted to the City of Waterloo – City Clerk’s Office prior to applying for grant funding from Experience Waterloo.
  • Applicants must have Parklet design submitted to the Main Street Waterloo Design Review Committee prior to applying for grant funding from Experience Waterloo.  

Fundable items include but not limited to:

  • Framing materials
  • Decking
  • Railings
  • Bollards
  • Lighting
  • Pedestal Supports
  • Planter boxes
  • Includes the purchase of equipment used for/in construction of parklet infrastructure

Non-fundable Items

  • Parklet furnishings (seating, umbrellas and etc)
  • Annual operating expenditures.
  • Salaries, wages or administrative fees.
  • Professional services (Includes legal, engineering or other services not expressly listed as fundable.)
  • Travel expenses of staff and guests not expressly listed as fundable.
  • Tangible personal property, including but not limited to, copy/fax machines, computer equipment, other office equipment or furniture, light fixtures, musical instruments, permanent collections and exhibits.
  • All food and beverage.
  • Toll-free phone numbers, in-house postage, or material inventory.
  • Interest or reduction of deficits or loans.
  • Anything contrary to state or federal law or local ordinance

General Instructions

The online application must be used or the application will not be considered. The application should be completed and submitted based on the deadlines listed below. 


  • February 1st, 2024 Application opens 
  • April 1st, 2024 Applications due to Experience Waterloo 
  • April 30th, 2024 Applicants notified of funding results