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Land Acknowledgement

The Region of Waterloo Arts Fund is situated on the Haldimand Tract, land that was promised to Six Nations, and was traditionally used by the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, and Neutral Peoples. We are grateful to have the opportunity to live, work, create, and to meet on territory protected by the Dish With One Spoon wampum. The enduring presence, philosophies, and deep traditional knowledge of First Peoples are foundational to the arts and culture of this place. We are committed to supporting local creators by acknowledging the collective past, and respecting the contributions of all peoples.

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The Region of Waterloo Arts Fund has contributed to the vibrancy of the arts and cultural sector in Waterloo Region since 2002.  All citizens of the Region, in each of the seven area municipalities, benefit from the creative projects funded by the Arts Fund. 


Since its inception, the Arts Fund has supported more than 800 local artist-led projects and approved more than $4 million in grants. For more information about the granted projects, see Testimonials and Press Releases

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Announcing Changes at the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund!


You can read more about this here, and an update here


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The Region of Waterloo Arts Fund is seeking local artists and arts allies to join the Board of Directors. Click this link for more details.


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The Arts Fund is committed to providing accessible services, as set out in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act, 2005. If you have any accessibility needs, please contact the Arts Fund as soon as possible. If you require documents in formats other than conventional print, or if you have specific accommodation needs, please let us know so we can make arrangements in advance.





































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Congratulations to our 2023 Grant Recipients!

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In 2023, the Arts Fund awarded a total of $215,096 to 32 local artists and arts organizations for projects slated to take place between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024. This round of Arts Fund supported grants received 135 eligible applications, with requests totaling $932,701.


This near-million dollar ask for financial supports underscores the soaring needs of Artists and Arts Organizations within our Region.


As our local Arts ecology continues to evolve, we are committed to building our capacity for the future in order to better serve and support our Region's vibrant Artistic sector.


**  Please note the application portal is CLOSED at this time **


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