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St. Catharines Cultural Investment Program (SCCIP)

St. Catharines Cultural Investment Program

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.

Program Descriptions

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.

General Eligibility

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:

  • be active in St. Catharines;
  • provide programming or services that are open to the public and publicized city-wide;
  • have a diversified revenue base, which can include memberships, significant earned revenue, funding from other levels of government, and support from the private sector through fund-raising activities, donations and sponsorships.

 2017 Program Deadlines and Applications

The St. Catharines Cultural Investment Program (SCCIP) currently has six grant programs:

Grants for individual artists are under review: certain projects by artists are eligible for the Culture Builds Community and Culture Days Activity programs.

Application Deadlines

  • Oct. 27, 2017 - applications will be accepted for the Sustaining - Festival, Arts Development and Culture Builds Community programs.
  • May 2018 - applications will be accepted for the Sustaining - Core, Sustaining - Midsized, Arts Development, Culture Builds Community and the Culture Days Activity programs.

2016 Approved Funding

Festival & Events Program 

  • In the Soil Festival - $10,000
  • In the Soil Arts Festival 2017 (Suitcase in Point) - $10,000
  • Niagara Integrated Film Festival - $6,000
  • Niagara Jazz Festival - $7,500
  • Niagara VegFest - $7,500

Festival Sustaining Program

  • Niagara Jazz Festival - $8,500
  • Niagara VegFest - $10,000
  • Pride Niagara - $3,000 

Culture Days Activity Program

  • 4Cats Art Studio - $700
  • Carousel Players - $750
  • Deena Colling Gelentso - $600
  • Janice Low - $740
  • Sandy Middleton - $450
  • Silver Spire United Church - $750
  • St. Catharines Art Association - $750
  • St. Catharines Poetry Slam - $750
  • Suitcase in Point - $750
  • Twitches & Itches Theatre - $750

Arts Development Program

  • Choralis Camerata - $4,000
  • Facer European Festival - $1,000
  • Festival of Readers - $3,000 and $5,000
  • The Foster Festival - $15,000 and $12,000
  • Garden City Productions - $1,410
  • Stolen Theatre Collective - $6,100
  • Twitches & Itches Theatre - $7,000

Culture Builds Community

  • Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts - $4,500
  • Kevin Hobbs and Laurie Sadowski - $3,000 

Core Sustaining Program

  • Carousel Players - $35,000
  • Chorus Niagara - $12,000
  • Niagara Artists Centre - $30,000
  • Niagara Symphony Orchestra - $47,500
  • Suitcase in Point - $30,000

Midsized Sustaining Program

  • Essential Collective Theatre - $23,000
  • The Gallery Players of Niagara - $9,000
  • Niagara Youth Orchestra - $3,000

A total of $320,976 was committed in 2016.

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