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Program: Microgrants for Creative or Cultural Exploration (Independent Stream)

Project Development Timeframe: February 2022 – May 2022

Project Event Timeframe: April 2022 – May 2022

Microgrant Amount: $500-$1,100

Application Deadline: Sunday, February 20th, 2022 11:59pm


The Museum of Jewish Montreal is thrilled to announce our next round of Microgrants for Creative or Cultural Exploration, providing funding and support to help young adults (ages 18-35) 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 will range from $500-$1,100 per project.


We encourage all those seeking seed funding for a creative idea or endeavour to submit an application for our Winter/Spring 2022 funding cycle (see below for eligibility and guidelines). Each microgrant project should include a live event component, to be held through the Museum in either April or May 2022. Candidates will receive planning, logistics, and communications support from the Museum for their project and their event

Who can apply?

Please note the following eligibility requirements:


  • Applicants should currently be living in or have a strong connection to a community in Quebec
  • They can apply as individuals or small groups up to 3 people
  • They should be aged 18-35
  • Priority consideration will go to applicants with multi-faceted 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 identifying persons)


What kind of projects can be proposed?

Though not limited to the following, proposed project deliverables may include:

  • Small printed publications/zines/chapbooks
  • Hands-on workshop
  • A podcast mini-series or demo
  • Research project or article
  • Presentation: speaker panel, book reading, lecture, concert or performance
  • A website, blog or social media account (Instagram, TikTok, Byte)
  • Creative uses of public space, for example an outdoor scavenger hunt or walking tour
  • A performance piece or small-scale art installation, such as a vitrine or temporary outdoor display (please note that micrograntees must find and coordinate their own space)
  • A personal/family exploration project, to be presented in a format of choice
  • A project focused on community-building through an experimental activity or experience


As you prepare your application, please note the following guidelines and eligibility requirements the selection committee will look for in proposed projects:


  • We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, but projects must relate to Jewish culture or identity
  • Projects must be creative or cultural in nature; we are looking for projects from each of the following three areas: food, art, and culture/heritage.
  • Projects should have a defined scope and purpose at the time of proposal
  • Projects should include elements or themes that will engage the Museum’s target audience of young Jewish adults aged 18-35
  • Proposals can be for the initial steps, early development, or beginning of a larger project that goes beyond the scope of the grant, but proposed projects for the Microgrant must have a component that can be presented to the public within the grant timeline and with the grant’s financing
  • Proposals must include a live event component, to be held through the Museum. This can include (but is not limited to): speaker panel, artist talk, book reading, workshop, performance, or concert.
    • If your project idea includes an event series or multiple live sessions, please note only one live event or session may be supported directly by the Microgrant
  • Project goals and outcomes must be feasible to achieve and ready to present to the public after approx. 1-2 months of development
  • Applicants should take into consideration how an in-person event can be adapted to an online format due to the global pandemic.


Click here to see past successful Microgrant projects and events (click “Previous Events” in order to view Microgrant project and events from 2020 & 2021).



To apply, please visit this link, where application questions can be found and answers can be submitted directly:


Please note that only selected applications will be contacted. 


For any additional questions, please email


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 microgrant initiative has been generously funded by the Betty Averbach Family Foundation, and the Quebec Community Groups Network Community Innovation Fund, whose mission is helping Quebec’s English-speaking communities put social innovation in action by supporting innovative projects that address the needs and priorities of vulnerable English-speaking youth, seniors and newcomers.