Program PAF!

Please note that the program PAF! for the year 2021 is no longer accepting applications. We will open registrations for the program PAF! for the year 2022 soon.

The program

The programme d’aide financière aux organismes et initiatives du secteur PAF! centre-ville is an initiative developed by Montréal centre-ville.

In the aim of continually improving its services, Montréal centre-ville has adopted its strategic plan 2019-2023 with one ambition: to be known as a powerful partner in the development of downtown Montreal, a world-class business and residential neighbourhood with an authentic character, vibrant and creative. The PAF! Program was born out of this strategic plan, with the idea of framing the criteria for Montréal centre-ville’s financial contribution and to establish its limits. A budget dedicated to financially supporting different downtown organizations and initiatives is voted on each year during the general meeting.

This program is made up of four parts with precise criteria for each one:

  • Part 1: Festivals and events
  • Part 2: Development of public spaces
  • Part 3: Innovation
  • Part 4 : Services

Read the elegibilty requirements for each part

Amount of financial aid:

The amount of financial aid is set by evaluating the amount of demand with a maximum of $25,000 per year per proposed project. An organization can received a maximum of $50,000 in financial aid per year. Montréal centre-ville will accept projects for the current year until the budget envelope is empty.

How to apply

To be considered, a promoter’s application form must contain the following elements:

  • The duly completed and signed  application form;
  • The project’s detailed provisional budget; including the presentation of a detailed financial structure demonstrating a diversification of public, private and autonomous sources of funding, and testifying to a balanced budget (ability to manage and maintain a stable financial situation). You must also include the amount of your request in the budget as well as the use you want to make of the funds;
  • A project presentation document that satisfies the eligibility requirements;
  • A copy of the organization’s letters patent of incorporation or a proof of the company’s incorporation;
  • The project’s communication plan,
  • The visibility plan offered to Montréal centre-ville;
  • Exclusively for Part 1 and for events longer than three years: A copy of studies covering customers’ geographic origin, tourist traffic, and economic impact conducted by an independent firm, completed not more than three years ago ( if need be).
  • The activity report from the last edition of the event (if need be)
  • The last financial report of the event and / or the financial statements of your organization.

All documentation must be sent to:

To: Mr. Rami M’Rad – member services cooordinator

CC: Ms. Cristina D’Arienzo – operations manager