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.

Grants to Groups program

 Every year, the City of Cambridge accepts applications for funding from non-profit organizations. The application process for 2020 grants is now open.  To apply, please complete the following application and forms A, B and C. 

The Grants to Groups 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

Join us on Wednesday, Septembr 18 at the Annual Bernice Adams Memorial Awards Night Gala to honour this year's award winners! The Gala takes place at the Galt Country Club and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Get your tickets for a reduced early bird price of $20 until September 13.  After September 13, tickets are $40.  Tickets are available at the Cambridge Centre For the Arts.

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

Thank you to  everyone who came out July 10th to see Grease in support of Arts Connect Cambridge and this year's receipients.

This year's funds benefitted:

Grand River Film Festival (GRFF), Vera Cause Opera, Penny and Pound Theatre Company, Andrew James Smith, Studio 30, Arts and Soul,  and Nicole Smith.

Our Generous sponsors this year were:

Gold sponsors - Energy+, Gaslight District, Transchem Group

Silver Sponsor - Toyota Motor Manufacturing Company

Bronze Sponsors - RBC Dominion Securities, Minuteman Press, Martin Simmons Architects, Farm Mutual Re, The Bake Shop on Main, Monigram Coffee Roasters

Friends of the Arts - Galt BIA, Padgett, Phidon Pens, Expedia Cruise Ship Centers, Richardson Fire and Sobeys

and thank you to Drayton Entertainment our partner since 2013.


Applications for the 2020 season will be available Fall 2019