Building Your Grant Proposal, with Jesse Stong

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 30th, 2023, 11:59 PM.

This hands-on workshop will give participants the chance to articulate their project outlines with realistic timelines and budgets, with tips on writing innovative and authentic project proposals. 

Participants will build the foundation of their project grant, in a shared Zoom room with collaborative feedback. They’ll learn more about where to apply and when, and how to build a clear and powerful application by developing dynamic writing samples. By the end of these sessions, each participant will leave informed on how to seek diverse sources of funding, with guidance on partnership-building for the future of their proposed project. The workshop is infused with motivational insights – how to empower and even enjoy grant writing. Lastly, each participant will get one-on-one time with the facilitator for some intensive and individualized support.

“Building Your Grant Proposal” is co-presented  by Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal (PWM) , the Quebec Drama Federation (QDF), and le Conseil de la formation continue (CFC).


Tuesday, February 28th, 2023, 1PM to 4PM
Wednesday, March 1st, 2023, 1PM to 4PM
Thursday, March 2nd, 2023, individually scheduled one-on-one time
Friday, March 3rd, 2023, individually scheduled one-on-one time



NOTE: The workshop is participatory in nature. Those taking part should come to the workshop with a project/residency idea that they are genuinely interested in developing a grant proposal for. This idea can be fully developed or a seed of a new project. An integral part of this workshop is in supporting the ideas of others and contributing to the group discussions. Participants should be available for the duration of the time scheduled. 


Applications, or questions, can be sent to with the subject line: Exploring Practice with Jesse Stong. Audio and video applications are also welcomed. 

Those interested in participating should provide the following information, no longer than one page or 6 minutes of material:

  1. a paragraph about you
  2. a paragraph about your project 
  3. your history/experience with grant writing (if applicable; having none is fine)
  4. any specific areas of concern or questions, in regards to the workshop, your project, or your current direction in finding funding

If you have any questions regarding accessibility, or require assistance with this application, please contact

Apply before January 30, 2023, at 11:59 PM

The workshop is open to playwrights and other interested theatre makers. 

Participation is free. Workshop participants are selected based on the need of each project seeking grant assistance, and complementary experience of the applicants. We encourage all levels of experience to apply.

PWM is committed to creating an environment where all individuals are treated with dignity and respect.  We are continuously working to make all of our programs accessible and inclusive. While recognizing that the identity of each person is fundamentally plural, and multidimensional, we strongly encourage applications from artists who are: Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit), Black, POC, racialized (including recent immigrants), 2SLGBTQQIPAA+, neurodivergent, disabled, living with chronic illness and/or chronic pain. PWM is strongly committed to supporting a wide range of cultural identities and lived experiences, therefore we encourage applicants to self-identify in their application if they are comfortable doing so.


Jesse Stong (they/them) is a proud parent of twins, a graduate of Playwriting from the National Theatre School of Canada, and received a Master’s in Art Education from Concordia University. They are an award-winning queer creator, dramaturg, and educator. Over the years, Jesse has supported over 140 emerging Canadian storytellers as director of our Young Creators Unit.  Jesse also leads our New Stories Project for Neurodiverse Storytellers. Jesse is an occasional content creator/editor for Moment Factory, and was recently Manager of Children’s Programming for, Associate Curator for the National Arts Centre Disability Summit, and Host of the Montreal English Theatre Awards.

Headshot photo credit: Emelia Hellman

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