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Organization: The Museum of Jewish Montreal
Program: Microgrants for Creative or Cultural Exploration
Project Timeframe: October 2023 – May 2024
Microgrant Amount: $1250 Project Budget + $400 Honorarium
Application Deadline: Thursday, September 21, 2023, 11:59pm EST

The Museum of Jewish Montreal is excited to announce our next Microgrant Cohort Program for Creative or Cultural Exploration, which provides seed funding to help emerging creatives bring their innovative project ideas to life. By offering this funding, we hope to give applicants the chance to pursue their interests and realize their ideas while encouraging intellectual curiosity and community-building. Grants awarded will be up to $1250 per project, as well as a $400 honorarium for participating in an 8-session seminar series (see below for details).

Selected candidates will participate in our microgrant cohort seminar series, with sessions focusing on developing professional skills, along with exploring contemporary Jewish arts and culture. The seminar series will consist of eight 2-hour sessions that will take place on Tuesday evenings from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, October 2023 through January 2024. Projects will be presented from January to May 2024.

Microgrant projects may include a live event component, or may be produced without the intention of hosting a public-facing event. Projects without a live event component should ideally engage with the community in some way during the project’s development (i.e., discussion groups, reading circles, interviews). In the application form, applicants will be asked to select whether their project will be presented as an event or non-event.

All participants will receive development and production support from Museum staff.

We are looking for projects from each of the following areas: food, art, and culture/heritage.

Though not limited to the following, projects may include:

  • Small printed publications/zines/chapbooks
  • Research project or article
  • Hands-on workshop
  • Presentation: book reading, lecture, concert, performance
  • A website, blog or social media account (Instagram, TikTok)
  • A personal/family exploration project, to be presented in a format of choice
  • A project focused on community-building through an experimental activity

To see examples of our previous Microgrant Projects, click here.

Eligibility Criteria
All applicants currently living in Quebec are invited to apply as individuals or in small groups (up to 3 people) for creative projects at any stage of development. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, however proposed projects must relate to Jewish culture or identity.

Applicants of all ages are welcome to apply, though those aged 18-35 with multifaceted and intersectional identities (these could include, but are in no way limited to: members of racialized communities, newcomers, those from interfaith backgrounds, people with disabilities, LGBTQ2+, and gender non-conforming persons) will be prioritized. We do not accept project proposals towards: 1) an academic course or class credit, 2) the applicant’s workplace or other organization in which the applicant is involved, 3) operational funding for a business or organization, or 4) charitable organizations.

Apply now! Click here to access the application form.

Applications are due Thursday, September 21, 2023 by 11:59pm EST. Any questions related to the application or program can be directed to Please note that only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Our Mandate: The Museum of Jewish Montreal is an innovative place to connect with Montreal’s Jewish history and identity, share our diverse heritage, and create new cultural experiences.

This program is made possible with funding by the Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal, the Betty Averbach Foundation, and the Nova Grant (Federation CJA).