In February 2004, City Council approved the St. Catharines Cultural Investment Policy. The same year a new funding program was launched based on this policy.
The St. Catharines Cultural Investment Program (SCCIP) has been established to invest funds into the not-for-profit cultural sector of St. Catharines. Specifically, the program is designed to strengthen, build and invest in arts, heritage and ethnocultural organizations in order to improve the spirit and quality of life for residents of St. Catharines.
Members of the St. Catharines Culture Committee review all applications and make recommendations for investment.
On Monday August 26, 2013 St. Catharines City Council approved the SCCIP recomendations for investment.
St. Catharines City Council has approved $150,000 for 2014.
The 2014 deadline for all applications is Friday, May 30, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.
Applications must be received prior to this deadline to be considered. It is highly recommended that all applicants contact Cultural Services staff to review eligibility and to ensure you are applying to the appropriate program stream.
First-time applicants are encouraged to attend one of the upcoming information sessions to learn more about the program.
There are three program streams for SCCIP. Each program has a different application procedure so please review materials carefully.
Each application includes a checklist of materials to be submitted with your application. These materials must be included to complete your application.
The Sustaining Program is intended for established cultural organizations that have an ongoing presence in St. Catharines and a track record of quality programming or services. It is designed to support a range of cultural activities and art forms, reflecting different cultural traditions, and arts and heritage practices.
Please review the Sustaining Program guidelines before completing the application. Applications are available as Word or PDF documents. This program also requires financial and statistical information.
Cultural Development Program
The Cultural Development Program is intended for new and developing arts, ethnocultural and heritage organizations, for established organizations that work on a project basis, and for cultural organizations undertaking a special one-time cultural initiative, festival or celebration. It is designed to support a range of cultural activities and art forms, reflecting diverse cultural traditions, and heritage and art practices. The development of partnerships and new initiatives is encouraged.
Equipment and small capital costs will be considered under this program if it is demonstrated that providing these funds will directly satisfy the goals of the St. Catharines cultural investment policy.
Please review the Cultural Development Program guidelines before completing the application. Applications are available as Word or PDF documents. This program also requires financial and statistical information.
Culture Builds Community Program
The Culture Builds Community Program is intended to support projects that engage residents through community art experiences, neighbourhood cultural activities and/or experiences that encourage participation, creativity and innovation. The program is open to artists, cultural organizations and other not-for-profit organizations.
Please review the Culture Builds Community Program guidelines before completing the application. Applications are available as Word or PDF documents. This program also requires financial and statistical information.