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St. Catharines Cultural Investment Program (SCCIP)

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. 

St. Catharines Cultural Investment Program LogoThe 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 St. Catharines Cultural Investment Program is currently under review by the Cultural Funding Task Force.

SCCIP Program Streams & Application Process

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.

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. 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 for more information.

SCCIP Sustaining Program Guidelines


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 for more information.

SCCIP Cultural Development Program Guidelines

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 for more information.

SCCIP Culture Builds Community guidelines



SCCIP 10 Year Review

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?

Read our SCCIP 10 Year Review and share your thoughts with us on FacebookTwitter or via Email.

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