Microgrants

The Museum of Jewish Montreal offers Microgrants for Creative or Cultural Exploration, providing  seed funding to help young adults bring their innovative project ideas to life. This program provides an accessible entry point to connect with Jewish life both for the participant and for the public. 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.

Launched in 2019, the Microgrant program provides funding to young adults to transform their ideas into innovative projects related to Jewish culture and identity. This program provides an accessible entry point to connect with Jewish life both for the participant and for the public. Participants benefit from a cohort-based professional development program and mentorship, building new skills and bringing their projects to life.

Microgrants at a Glance

Support that fits you

Between the Cohort and Independent streams of Microgrants, we offer a variety of timelines and assistance, so you can find the support that fits you best.

Opportunity and Expertise

At MJM, we know a little something about creating programs on a micro budget. When you receive funding you also receive guidance on how to make the most of it.

A Community of Creatives

When you receive a Microgrant, you become part of a creative ecosystem that is transforming Montreal’s cultural landscape.

A Seed for Something More

Microgrants go beyond a single project, they give grantees the momentum, confidence, and connections to bring their creative practice to the next level.

You've Got Options

Independant Projects

  • 1 – 3 months of project development time
  • Work independently at your own pace
  • You’ll be matched with an MJM liason for support
  • Up to $1200 in project funding

Cohort Program

  • 3 – 6 months of project development time
  • 15 hours of paid professional development workshops
  • You’ll be matched with an MJM Liason for support
  • up to $1200 in project funding

Through the Microgrants program, I was able to prioritize and expand my creative process in a way previously only dreamt of. The first volume of my comic was the best-selling title at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly in its debut month of March, a feat that wouldn’t have been possible without the museum staff’s dedication to helping me build meaningful partnerships and promote myself. ”

– Cesario Lavery, 2021 Microgrant Cohort

How To Apply

*Applications are currently closed, check back in Fall 2022 for our next cohort deadline

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)

This microgrant initiative has been generously funded by 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. The Community Innovation Fund is financed in part by the Government of Canada’s Social Development Partnerships Program – Children and Families Component and is part of the Action Plan for Official Languages – 2018-2023: Investing in Our Future. The fund is managed by the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN)

What kind of projects can be proposed?

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

We encourage applicants to keep in mind the following:

  • 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 covid safety precautions.

Where do I send my application?

Independent

For the current call for Independent Microgrants, fill out the application form here: https://forms.gle/UReSrz6y4WBXE7TA8*example of past application form

 

Cohort

To apply, please submit ONE pdf document that answers the following questions/contains the following documents:

  • Brief bio (200 words MAX)
  • Description of project (250 words MAX)
  • How does your project connect to the Museum’s mandate? (150 words MAX)
  • What experiences (lived or learned), and/or skills will you bring to developing your project? (200 words MAX)
  • What skills do you want to learn or grow to support your project’s development? (200 words MAX)
  • Brief preliminary budget (no specific format required, estimated project expenses)
  • Optional: CV, portfolio, existing project materials, past work, professional or project reference

Please do not submit an application with multiple documents or a ZIP file. If you are unfamiliar with combining multiple documents into a PDF, you can watch this video tutorial or this free PDF combiner website.

Applications should be sent directly to Anya Kowalchuk at anya@imjm.ca

When to apply?

We have two streams of microgrants with separate application deadlines.

Cohort

Applications for the microgrant cohort program open in September. The program begins in October, runs through the fall, and expects grantees to present events relating to their projects from January-May.

Interested applicants are encouraged to check back on this page closer to the application window in early September.

 

Independent

Applications for independent microgrants open twice a year. While precise dates will vary year to year, you can expect to find open calls announced here, in early December and mid-February.

Successful candidates who apply to the December deadline will be expected to present an event relating to their project in February or March. Successful candidates who apply to the February deadline will be expected to present an event relating to their project in April or May.

Meet our Micrograntees

Zack Youcha

An emerging historian and musician, Zack is producing an album with local and international musicians that will showcase the expansiveness of the oud – a popular stringed instrument central to many North African Jewish communities.
Sonia Bazar

Centered on the location of the Back River Cemetery – Montreal’s oldest Jewish cemetery – Sonia is publishing a zine that combines their photography and writing practices to investigate how we can memorialize and respect our community’s dead and the land upon which they rest. 

Sarah Deshaies

Coming from the lived experience of being raised in an interfaith household, Sarah’s podcast “Chrismukkah Party” discusses how interfaith families have forged alternative methods of celebrating holidays and other life events.

Claire Sigal

Inspired by her great-grandmother’s involvement in Montreal’s garment industry – and through using a pattern based on one of her designs – Claire’s embroidery workshop highlighted her family’s history and the connective threads between Jewish identity and the art of mending.

Iso Setel

Through a self-made publication and accompanying walking tour, Iso is exploring queer orientations of Jewish urban space with a focus on Montreal’s eruvin. Their project will investigate how queer folks may create alternative paths of connection that are rooted in Orthodox Jewish wayfinding practices.

More Ways to Engage

Exhibitions

The Museum’s arts programming and exhibitions seek to share Montreal’s diverse Jewish heritage and highlight contemporary issues and questions through innovative approaches. These include contemporary art exhibitions and performances, pop-up exhibits, and murals.

Events

Our events act as a way to strengthen our audiences’ connections to community and Jewish arts and culture through new experiences. These include concerts, workshops, storytelling events, vernissages, salons and talks, holiday markets, book launches, children’s events, pop-up dinners, and parties.