The Infinity Tunnel. Photo Credit: Cory Bluhm


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The intention of the Arts Fund is to provide meaningful grants. There is no set minimum or maximum grant amount that can be requested, however, the Arts Fund has a limited annual budget to support projects in all disciplines across the entire Region. The Regional Municipality of Waterloo currently allocates the equivalent of approximately 67 cents per capita to the Arts Fund annually. 


In every grant cycle, requests for funding far exceed funds available. To date, the Arts Fund has supported more than 800 projects involving local individual artists and arts organizations for a total community investment of more than $4 million.


Applicants may request as much funding as is required to "make art happen" in Waterloo Region and the amount requested should reflect the amount needed to achieve a successful outcome. However, applicants are encouraged to seek other funding sources for projects, in addition to the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund.


According to data compiled from the review of required Final Reports, funding investment by the Arts Fund has had a positive economic and 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.



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 to make an Arts Fund grant application if prior grant files are in good standing and if project Final Reports have been submitted, reviewed and approved. If you need confirmation before proceeding, see Contact Us.