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The Arts Fund has launched a one-stage online application portal and centralized processing of grants. Click below to create your own profile for future applications.


Review the Online Application User Guide before starting your application:

Online Application User Guide


*** Access the new online application ***


Arts Fund Online Application


Please note the deadline for Fall 2021 Arts Fund grant applications was Friday, October 15, 2021. All applicants will be notified in December regarding the outcome of their application.



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Individual artists or arts organizations will find all the information needed to apply for an

Arts Fund grant on this website. 


The Region of Waterloo Arts Fund is a not-for-profit corporation established by the

Regional Municipality of Waterloo. The Arts Fund was created to operate at arm's length

from the Regional Municipality, which provides an annual per capita allocation to grant

funding for the performing, visual and literary arts. Eligible applicants must live

and/or work in Waterloo Region.


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


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.


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.




































Michele Braniff storyteller


Michele Braniff

       she haunts this place

Button Factory Arts 2014

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2021 Application Timelines:  

The online application portal will open on Monday, August 2, and all online applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 15.

**  Note that application guidelines may change**

To make sure you have the most current information, please visit How to Apply for Application Guidelines on how to access and fill out the application forms.

For complete information on deadlines, please visit the Upcoming Deadlines page. 




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About the Fund

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the vibrancy of the arts and cultural sector throughout

Waterloo Region.
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Before You Apply

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forward as possible, and to provide meaningful grants.
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