City of Kitchener – Startup Grant Program


The Startup Grant Program is meant to help startup companies transition from temporary spaces to more permanent office spaces in downtown Kitchener. This program also helps property owners lease out their vacant or underused building spaces to local companies.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is a grant equivalent up to 100% of the municipal property tax increase created by the project for up to 10 years after project completion.


The City of Kitchener only consider applications that fit these criteria:

  • in buildings with second stories and above zoned for commercial use;
  • startups endorsed by a program partner;
  • properties located within the Downtown Community Improvement Area;
  • applications must satisfy our urban design and King Street façade guidelines;
  • other eligibility criteria as they may apply. 

Other Things to Note:

This program is under review. Please subscribe to this page using the green “subscribe to page updates” button on the right to be notified once complete.

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