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Call for Apartment613 residency proposals—deadline 04.30.20

By Apartment613 on April 15, 2020

Calling all creatives! Apartment613 is offering one-week to one-month residencies for local artists, journalists or cultural workers who may be in need of paid work amid COVID-19 disruptions.

Applicants from all creative practises are invited to apply. The residency is designed for emerging and established writers, storytellers, poets, filmmakers, designers, developers, teachers, scientists, chefs… We welcome community members from all backgrounds, and all gender identities and expressions. Ideal candidates are skilled in their fields, whether established or just starting out; and passionate about building their communities.

The winner of the micro-grant receives $500 and is required to make at least three meetings with Apt613’s editorial advisory board. With guidance from Apt613, grant recipients will pursue their creative project while sharing their processes, insights, and inspiration with the Apt613 community along the way.

Applicants must live in the Ottawa-Gatineau region (within one hour of Parliament Hill) and correspond with Apt613 editors in English or French, however your work could be presented in other languages, if relevant.

The residency is funded by Apartment613’s volunteer Board of Directors. If you represent a business or cultural organization; or as an individual would like to contribute to Apt613’s Residency Fund, please reach out to <>.

This is an experiment. We’re sure to learn a lot along the way. If all goes well, we’ll try this again!

About Apartment613:

Apartment613 is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit community media organization dedicated to uncovering the best of Ottawa art and culture. Our main activity is an award-winning hyperlocal blog named “Best Community News Website” by the Canadian Online Publishing Awards. It’s a platform for news and ideas, event previews, art reviews, podcasts and videos produced by a team of volunteer contributors since 2009.

Project guidelines:

The goal of this residency is to support talented individuals so they can focus on a personal creative project, while sharing their experience and process with the Apt613 community.

  • Your project has to be conducive to sharing online through the blog and its social media channels.
  • The project should cover some aspect of life in Ottawa-Gatineau, whether cultural, economic, political, historical, community, anything… so long as the focus is on local people, issues, businesses, organizations, events.
  • The residency term will run for 1 to 4 weeks, at your discretion. Please include a detailed timeline for your project.
  • Project proposals should establish clear and realistic goals. Tell us what you hope to achieve during this residency and how you propose to make it happen.
  • Special consideration will be given to projects that demonstrate community benefit.
  • Bonus points for trying something new.
  • Projects must be completed by June 30, 2020.

Selection process:

If you have a question about the selection process, please leave a comment below. That way we can answer FAQs for everyone.

  • Residents will be selected by impartial jurors on the basis of their proposed project.
  • In addition to creative merit, consideration will be given to applicants who identify with equity-seeking communities.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be contacted to schedule a 30-minute video call (interview) with selection committee members.
  • All applicants will be notified of their status as soon as the selection process is complete (on or around the May long weekend).
  • If we don’t select you this time, Apt613 will keep your application for future terms tbc.


  • $500 honorarium for your living expenses
  • Your creative work featured on and @apt613 social media


Here is a handful of ideas for projects we would love to support through the Apt613 Residency program, however, please do not feel limited by what you read here! Virtually any topic or format is welcome, but think of it this way: What’s the project you’ve always wanted to do, but never had time do?

  • a guide to any local art scene or community
  • a research project about Ottawa history or neighbourhoods
  • work which showcases a community that does not usually receive media attention
  • an unconventional map of Ottawa or your neighbourhood
  • a guide to Ottawa for newcomers
  • a column which features “dream jobs” in Ottawa-Gatineau
  • creation of an app or website
  • a digital showcase for local playwrights
  • leading a book club for Apt613 readers
  • a photo essay about local convenience store owners
  • a public art installation or poster campaign
  • starting an Apt613 debate club
  • recording the pilot episode of a new podcast
  • developing an interactive game
  • programming a virtual comedy club
  • collecting stories for a new book or magazine

Apply online by midnight on April 30, 2020