CWCF Young Adult Arts and Culture Granting Program

Do you like co-ops? Do you have a great idea for an arts or cultural project about them? Are you a young adult?  Would you like to have a chance to receive up to $1000 for your project? Well thanks to the generosity of the late CWCF past president Mark Goldblatt, CWCF can help make your idea a reality with a small grant  to help pay for an arts and cultural project to promote co-operatives (preferably worker co-operatives). 

Eligible projects must be young adult-generated (individual or a group/organization) and take place within Canada during the year following the application deadline (between May 1 to April 30). Eligible projects include visual art, music, video, theatre, a cultural event, etc. Go to for examples of projects involving video and music, especially projects 3 and 4, which were created by youth. CWCF will publicly share the project description, and eventually the project.

If you or your group is approved for support, we will provide a grant  for you to carry out the project as described, with up to $1000 awarded. The funds will be released 30 days after completion of the project, although an installment can be released for materials earlier upon provision of an invoice with receipts. Any significant changes to the project must get written approval by CWCF. A brief project report must be submitted within 30 days of the project end date. 

In order to be considered, the initial pre-screen criteria include the following:

  • The key players must be between 18-35 years of age
  • The project promotes co-operatives in general
  • The project can be completed within the year.

All projects submitted will then evaluated using the following criteria, listed in order of importance:

  • The project has the potential to make the co-op model more known (i.e. visibility and accessibility for sharing the message of co-operation)
  • Project has a clear plan/objectives/budget to ensure that it can be completed and within the one-year time frame.
  • Project promotes worker co-operatives
  • Project engages community and/or co-operatives
  • Quality of the overall application 
  • Applicant provided good examples of past work
  • Project takes unique approach to current issues
  • Project has emotional appeal

This grant may be matched with other funding, but this is not a requirement. CWCF works with worker co-ops, and multi-stakeholder co-ops which have substantial worker control. Projects that incorporate worker co-operatives, co-operatives and community engagement may receive preference, but it is not a requirement.

Read more about the award-winning projects for 2019 and 2020.