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 Arts and Culture Advisory Committee review all applications and make recommendations for investment.
There were 15 organizations and/or projects that received SCCIP funding in 2015.
The City of St. Catharines Cultural Funding Task Force presented nine recommendations to City Council at their Dec. 14 meeting. Recommendations directing increased funding level targets, policy revisions and program priorities were approved in principal, with the 2016 budget request directed to the Budget Standing Committee for consideration.
The City of St. Catharines is currently revising the St. Catharines Cultural Investment Policy (SCCIP) and the Festival and Events Policy (F&E). On Wednesday, Feb. 17, two sessions will be held to present a draft revision of the policy. Community members are invited to attend and public feedback will be welcomed at these sessions.
Since the St. Catharines Cultural Investment Program (SCCIP) was launched in 2004 - the City has invested over 1.5 million in 67 cultural organizations serving community residents. Are these cultural grants generating a suitable return on investment? Have the original program goals been met? Have we responded to the program's core purpose?