The Infinity Tunnel. Photo Credit: Cory Bluhm


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In every grant cycle, there are more requests for funds than are available. The Arts Fund was established in 2002, and by the end of 2017, after 15 years of awarding grants, over $3mil will have been invested in the Region of Waterloo through individual artists and arts organizations.


The Regional Municipality of Waterloo currently allocates the equivalent of 67 cents per capita to the Arts Fund annually.


According to the data compiled from Final Review Reports, this funding investment has had a positive economic as well as cultural impact on the whole community. Often an Arts Fund grant has the effect of securing additional financial support such as other grants, sponsorships, sales revenue, etc. and has stimulated business activity related to or in the vicinity of arts events.


Applicants may request as much funding as needed to "make art happen"; the amount requested should reflect the amount needed to achieve a successful outcome.


The intention is to provide meaningful grants. There is no requirement for a minimum or maximum request amount. However, the Arts Fund allocates its limited annual budget to support projects in all disciplines across the entire Region.



For a list of grants by year, amount and numbers of projects, go to Grant History


If you are a previous Arts Fund grant recipient, please see also Who Can Apply?



Previous grant recipients are eligible if prior grant files are in good standing and if Final Review Reports have been submitted, reviewed and approved. If you need confirmation before proceeding, see Contact Us.