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Get creative!

Do you see a problem? Any problem. Big or small. Are you ready to apply your creativity towards solving it? We want to help by giving you up to $1000 to try out your idea.

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What is the Youth Creativity Fund?

The Youth Creativity Fund fosters creative confidence by connecting creative ideas, designed by students, with donations from people passionate about seeing youth creativity flourish. After all: creative confidence is built through having the opportunity to try, experiment, fail… and succeed.

Through the Youth Creativity Fund, grade 5-12 students in Waterloo Region can apply for microgrants of up to $1000 to pursue a creative learning project.

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Need some inspiration?

Scroll through these videos to see examples of creativity in action, or check out our resources for more support!

Introducing the Youth Creativity Fund

The first groups of students to participate in the Youth Creativity Fund reflect on how they grew their creative confidence through the microgrants donated by businesses and organizations in Waterloo Region.

Introducing the Youth Creativity Fund

A history lesson on creativity in Waterloo Region

From the Blue Box program, to IMAX, to Blackberry, learn about how major innovations grew from small ideas here in Waterloo Region. The next big creation could come from you!

A history lesson on creativity in Waterloo Region


Learn how Grade 12 student Syed applied his creativity to help his aging grandparents.


Leya Oommen and Ellen Brisley

As part of a pitch for the Technovation competition, Leya Oommen and Ellen Brisley created an app to help with disaster aid, building a more efficient way for organizations and donors to coordinate aid in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

Leya Oommen and Ellen Brisley

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Join our supporters

We want youth across Waterloo Region to feel they are valued members of our community. That they belong here. That the community supports them and believes in them. We also believe problem-solving creativity remains a vital source of new perspectives, ideas, and inventions—the fuel of a prosperous community.

Through the support of people like YOU, our Region can continue to thrive on innovative thinking. By donating to the fund, you help all of our youth to learn about themselves and build a pool of creative talent for our community.