Region of Waterloo Arts Fund

Make Art Happen

Welcome to the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund website. Individual artists or arts organizations will find all the information needed to apply for arts funding. Applicants must live and/or work in Waterloo Region to apply.

Please explore the site and if you need further information, go to the Contact Us tab.

The Region of Waterloo Arts Fund is a not-for-profit corporation established in 2002 by the Regional Municipality of Waterloo. It was created to operate at arm's length from the Regional Municipality and to grant funding for the performing, visual and literary arts made possible by an annual per capita allocation

It is managed by a 14 person board of volunteers, representing a broad spectrum of involvement in the arts. It serves the three cities (Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo) and the four townships (Wilmot, Woolwich, North Dumfries and Wellesley) that make up the Region.

The overall intent of the Arts Fund is to "make art happen" (i.e. stimulate arts activity) in the Region. This includes projects to make art happen now (within 12 months) and projects that will enhance and sustain an organization's or individual's ability to make even more art happen in the future. The Arts Fund typically directs its support to projects and does not generally fund capital projects or provide operating funds. 

Since its inception, the Arts Fund has supported over 400 projects. For more see Testimonials and Press Releases.


The Region of Waterloo Arts Fund's board of directors is hosting an Open House for grant applicants in advance of the Fall 2016 round. This will be an informal drop-in where board members will be available to share general information about the fund, its mandate and will welcome feedback.

What:  Drop-in Open House
When: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Where:  Region of Waterloo Administrative Headquarters, 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener, Room 110 (Ground Floor)
No pre-registration required; just stop by.

Please note: This is not a grant writing session because board members are restricted from providing specific application assistance.