Microgrants for Waterloo Region Artists – 2024

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Pat the Dog Theatre Creation is delighted to announce the 2024 program of Micro-grants for Waterloo Region artists: 25 micro-grants of $1,000 each ($25,000 total) with each micro-grant representing the equivalent of 1-week paid work. This program is a continuation of the 2021 pilot for Waterloo Region and is made possible through the support of the City of Waterloo and the Waterloo Region Community Foundation.

The micro-grant will instigate and spark the first idea of a new art work. This ‘kick-start’ is essential more than ever during the pause this pandemic has created for our local artists who depend on live gatherings to exhibit and perform their work.  These grants will aide professional artists in investigation of their practice, with a focus on process, iterative learning, collaboration, and deep thinking. This program was a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing necessity for artists to continue to delve into and develop their practice in imaginative and innovative ways.

Eligibility: Artist must be a resident of Waterloo Region. All artistic disciplines are welcome.

Application Requirements: Microgrant program is for exploration, learning, and time to investigate a project or research question. Timelines of project can vary depending on individual project needs but must be started by June 30, 2024.  All Microgrants are in the amount of $1,000. This represents 1-week of work for one individual artist.

To apply please submit the following to hello@patthedog.org

•  A Letter of Interest (Max 2 pages) Describe the Project/Research to be undertaken with the Microgrant, articulate the questions and curiosities that you are exploring, describe the process that you wish to undertaking.
•  A resume or CV.

APPLICATIONS OPEN OCTOBER 12, 2023. Close November 22, 2023 at 5:00 PM.

Selection Process: All applications will be read by a selection committee of five members headed by Lisa O’Connell, Artistic Director/Pat the Dog Theatre Creation.

Accessibility: Pat the Dog encourages submissions from all individuals. We are committed to the practice of inclusion and diversification.  We will make every effort to identify and remove any barriers to inclusion within all aspects of the selection process by making decisions and communicating without regard to ethnicity, age, gender identity or expression, colour, disability, national origin, family or marital status, language, physical or mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, or any other characteristic that make our communities and individuals unique.