Past Grants


Lynda Silvester Award

This $50,000 award honours the remarkable and enduring contributions made by Lynda Silvester in her role as co-founder of Strong Start and in her roles as an educator and community leader. The award is used to support collaborative groups in developing/strengthening their capacity and reaching the next level of collaboration. A range of needs can be supported: events, technology, space, consulting, etc. The group’s work must focus on the wellbeing of children from birth to age 12 and their families.




The Early Literacy Alliance of Waterloo Region
The Early Literacy Alliance of Waterloo Region (ELAWR) will strengthen our collaborative and our community by engaging in strategic planning, networking and advocacy.  We will spark system-wide inclusion of early literacy as key to the healthy growth of children, families and neighbourhoods.




Region of Waterloo, Social Services, Children's Services Division
Creating an Early Years System Plan for Waterloo Region
The Children’s Planning Table is an integrated planning table for children’s services from prenatal to 12 years of age which has come together to develop an Early Years System Plan.  The goal of the planning table is to work toward a community that supports the developmental health of children through a system of coordinated and effective services.



Quest Life Skills Inc (dba Thrive!)
Promoting Strength-Based Practice in Waterloo Region
This project will bring together child-serving organizations so they can explore and exchange knowledge of strength-based approaches and mentor each other to create or further develop related programs and services in Waterloo Region.