There are a number of organizations, groups and programs that help support arts and culture in the City of Cambridge through fundraising, scholarship programs and bursaries.

Community Grants Program

Every year, the City of Cambridge accepts applications for funding from non-profit organizations.

The 2022 Community Grants application process is now closed.

The 2023 Community Grants application process will be launching September 30, 2022.

Community Grants Online Portals:

If you are unable to use the online portal please complete the hard copy forms below and follow the included instructions for submission:

The Community Grants program is a Municipal Grants Program to support clubs and organizations, such as:

  • Arts/culture groups
  • Social service agencies
  • Sports/athletics groups
  • Civic and leisure interest groups
  • New community associations

Only volunteer groups and non-profit organizations are eligible for this program. We do not consider requests from individuals. Applications are available by request only beginning mid-September through the Community Services department. The application deadline is mid-November.

Region of Waterloo Arts Fund

The Region of Waterloo Arts Fund is a not-for-profit organization that provides grant funding for:

  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
  • Literary arts

The organization supports all cities and townships within the Region of Waterloo. Applicants must live and/or work in the Waterloo Region to apply.

Cultural Awards Committee

The City of Cambridge Cultural Awards Committee administers the distribution of awards and expenses of the Bernice Adams Memorial Fund. Scholarships and bursaries help deserving, qualified individuals further their development in the fields of arts and culture.

The Committee also sponsors the Annual Bernice Adams Memorial Awards, to honour the achievements of individuals and groups in Cambridge in the following categories:

  • Visual Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Communications
  • Literary Arts
  • Outstanding Youth

Learn more about the Memorial Awards and other arts and culture awards and bursaries.

Bernice Adams Memorial Awards Night Gala

The Annual Bernice Adams Memorial Awards Night Gala celebrates the cultural achievements and community impact of individuals and groups from Cambridge. Nominations are solicited from the general public. Nominees must be residents of Cambridge, work in the area or be affiliated with an educational facility in the city. They must also have contributed to the culture of the community.

Nominations are in the categories of: Communications/Literary, Music, Outstanding Youth, Performing Arts and Visual. A Special Trustees Award will also be given to someone who has excelled in two or more of the categories.

How you can help

We truly appreciated any contributions to the Bernice Adams Memorial Fund or the Annual Bernice Adams Memorial Awards Night Gala. If you are interested in supporting the development of arts and culture in the Cambridge community through these programs, contact the Accounting Coordinator for the City of Cambridge at (519) 740-4681 ext. 4595. 

Tax receipts are available for contributions of $25 or more.

Arts Connect Cambridge

Arts Connect Cambridge is a volunteer committee that has been raising funds in support of Cambridge artists and arts groups since Drayton Entertainment opened the Dunfield Theatre, (now known as the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge), in 2013.

 At this time we are not accepting applications for this program. 

Cambridge Arts Connect Committee