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.
Interested parties should read the information below to identify the appropriate program stream and the application materials required. All applicants are required to speak with staff prior to submitting an application.
Members of the St. Catharines Culture Committee review all applications and make recommendations for investment.
On Monday November 26, 2012 St. Catharines City Council approved the SCCIP recomendations for investment.
Available Funds for 2013
City Council has approved $150,000 for the 2013 St. Catharines Cultural Investment Program.
The 2013 deadline for all SCCIP program applications is Friday May 31, 2013 at 4:30pm.
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 of SCCIP.
SCCIP Program Streams & Application Process
There are three program streams for SCCIP. Each program has a different application procedure so please review materials carefully and speak to staff to ensure you are applying for the program that is appropriate for your organization or project. 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
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. Under this program, organizations may be eligible for multi-year funding for a maximum of three years, at which time a renewal of funding would be considered.
The Cultural Development Program
The Cultural Development Program is intended for new and developing arts; ethnocultural and heritage organizations; established organizations that work on a project basis; and cultural organizations undertaking a special one-time cultural initiative, festival or celebration. 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.
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.
When you have completed your project or season of activity, you are required to provide the City with a final report.
Recipients through the Sustaining and Cultural Development Programs are also required to submit Financial and Statistical Final Report Forms.