The St. Catharines Cultural Investment Program (SCCIP) is designed to serve distinct segments of the creative sector and strengthen the overall cultural ecosystem in St. Catharines.
"A vibrant arts and culture scene is important to a livable city. St. Catharines' creative sector is a foundation for community transformation and sustainability: artists and not-for-profit arts organizations are at the heart of this sector." - Vision Statement, St. Catharines Cultural Investment Policy
City Council has approved a budget of $332,000 for SCCIP in 2017. The increase follows the Cultural Funding Task Force report to City Council on Dec. 14, 2015. Council's Standing Budget Committee doubled SCCIP funding in 2016 and continues its commitment to grow investment in the sector.
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SCCIP has six program streams, each program has distinct priorities, eligibility and evaluation criteria. Ineligibility can be found in the SCCIP policy document and individual program guidelines. Please contact City staff to review your plans and to determine which program is right for you.
Members of the St. Catharines Arts and Culture Advisory Committee review all applications and make recommendations for investment to City Council. For future updates on SCCIP sign up for the Cultural Investment Newsletter.
SCCIP funds are available to not-for-profit arts organizations engaged in ongoing creation, production, presentation and dissemination activities related to the performing, visual, literary and media arts. All applicants must:
The St. Catharines Cultural Investment Program (SCCIP) currently has six grant programs designed to serve distinct segments of the creative sector and thus strengthen the overall cultural ecosystem within St. Catharines. The program streams are:
2016 Approved Funding
Festival & Events Program
Festival Sustaining Program
Culture Days Activity Program
Arts Development Program
Culture Builds Community
Core Sustaining Program
Midsized Sustaining Program
A total of $320,976 was committed in 2016 to: increase cultural vibrancy; provide meaningful artistic and cultural experiences for residents of St. Catharines; and build the economy.