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St. Catharines Cultural Investment Program (SCCIP)

St. Catharines Cultural Investment Program
City Council approved a New St. Catharines Cultural Investment Policy in May 2016. The policy is designed to strengthen local arts creation, cultural distribution and engagement in order to improve the spirit and quality of life for its residents. The program aims to serve long term community sustainability by strengthening cultural vitality, economic diversity, environmental awareness and social inclusion through five investment priorities.

"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

Increased funding and a revised SCCIP policy followed the heels of the Cultural Funding Task Force report to City Council on Dec. 14, 2015. The City's Standing Budget Committee subsequently doubled the 2016 funding levels for SCCIP, and are looking to triple funding by 2018.

Program Descriptions

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.

Funding Programs

The St. Catharines Cultural Investment Program (SCCIP) currently has five 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:

Sustaining Funding: Programs are Core, Midsized and Festival

Development Funding: Programs are Arts Development, Culture Builds Community and Culture Days Activity

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

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.

 2016 / 2017 Program Applications and Deadlines

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:

  • Sustaining Funding: Programs are Core, Midsized and Festival
  • Development Funding: Programs are Arts Development, Culture Builds Community and Culture Days Activity

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. 28, 2016 - applications will be accepted for the Festival, Arts Development and Culture Builds Community programs.
  • May 26, 2017 - applications will be accepted for the Core Sustaining, Midsized Sustaining and the Culture Days Activity programs.

 Core Program - Deadline May 26, 2017

Application release date: March 2017

Applications will be accepted for multi-year funding up to a maximum of three (3) years.

The Core Program is intended for St. Catharines-based, established professional non-profit arts organizations with a mission to develop, create, produce, present and disseminate artistic work in any artistic discipline.

The program is for organizations that have a clear and relevant mission guided by long-term goals and strategies. They have been incorporated for at least five (5) years, have well-established programs and services, developed and delivered with consistency. They are artistically strong with proven impact in the community. There is full-time paid professional leadership (artistic and/or administrative), well-developed administrative structures, stable financial resources and planning, and an active Board of Directors with a clear governance role.

Recipients are ineligible for any other SCCIP program stream, with the exception of the Culture Days Activity Program. Capital requirements or festival activities may be considered for additional investment through this program.

In addition to the General Eligibility requirements, Core Program applicants must:

  • be in existence for at least five (5) years, must operate on a year-round basis and be a Federally or Provincially incorporated not-for-profit;
  • have full-time paid professional artistic, curatorial and/or administrative staff;
  • have operating revenues of no less than $250,000 per year;
  • produce a full season of programming as per industry standards;
  • have significant resources that serve the local arts sector (i.e. facility, equipment, and people);
  • pay principal artistic contributors for their services in accordance with professional industry standards.

View the 2016 Core Sustaining Guidelines

Midsized Program - Deadline May 26, 2017

Application release date: March 2017

Intended for St. Catharines-based, professional non-profit arts organizations that have a mission to develop, create, produce, present and disseminate artistic work in any artistic discipline. They have been incorporated for at least two (2) years, have impactful annual programs or services that are delivered with consistency and are artistically strong. There is paid professional leadership, developing and/or stabilizing administrative structures and financial resources, emerging long-term planning, and an engaged Board of Directors.

 

In addition to the General Eligibility requirements, Midsized Program applicants must:

  • be in existence for at least two (2) years and be a Federally or Provincially incorporated not-for-profit;
  • have ongoing paid professional artistic, curatorial and/or administrative staff;
  • produce a minimum of three (3) public activities per year;
  • have operating revenues of no less than $30,000 per year;
  • pay principal artistic contributors for their services in accordance with professional industry standards.

View the 2016 Midsized Sustaining Guidelines

Festival Program - Deadline Oct. 28, 2016

Application release date: Aug. 25, 2016

Intended for professional festivals that generate cultural tourism and/or significant economic impact, and contribute to the cultural vitality and diversity of St. Catharines. The festival has been produced at least two (2) times and offers unique programming which includes a significant component that takes place in St. Catharines. The festival attracts audiences from within and beyond Niagara, and engages local artists and businesses in festival activities. Festival operations are professionally managed with paid staff resources and/or a dedicated volunteer management team. There is evidence of effective marketing and business planning, stabilizing administrative structures and financial resources, grant support from other government sources and an engaged Board of Directors.

 

In addition to the General Eligibility requirements, Festival Program applicants must:

  • be in existence for a minimum of two (2) years and be a federally or provincially incorporated not-for-profit organization or; a non-incorporated organization that confirms it operates on a not-for-profit basis;
  • meet the definition of a festival (see Glossary of Terms) and provide programming or services that are continuous, open and or otherwise accessible to the public;
  • have paid staff and/or a contracted festival coordinator and/or a dedicated volunteer management team;
  • have completed two (2) successful festivals prior to application;
  • pay principal artistic contributors for their services in accordance with professional industry standards;
  • have a revenue base of no less than $30,000 and be an applicant for festival funding from other government sources such as Niagara Investment in Culture, Celebrate Ontario or the Department of Canadian Heritage Festival Program.

Eligibility Exception to Festival Program

Should a club, community centre, social service, religious or sports organization have a significant festival that substantially engages broader audiences and meets all other program eligibility criteria, they may be eligible to apply. The festival cannot be a fundraiser.

View the 2016 (2) Festival Guidelines

Download the 2016 (2) Festival Application in Word

Download the 2016 (2) Festival Financial Form in Excel

Download the 2016 (2) Festival Statistical Form in Excel

Arts Development Program - Deadline Oct. 28, 2016

Application release date: Aug. 25, 2016

Intended for emerging arts organizations and artist ad-hoc groups, or arts organizations that work on a project to project basis, as well as for new arts festivals. This program supports a range of cultural activities, art forms, and art practices, with priority given to Niagara-based arts creation and diverse cultural traditions. Applicants will have been active and/or in existence for at least one (1) year. Equipment and small capital costs will be considered under this program if it is demonstrated that this investment will directly serve the priorities of the St. Catharines Cultural Investment Policy.

In addition to the General Eligibility requirements, Arts Development Program applicants must:

  • pay principal artistic contributors for their services in accordance with generally accepted industry standards, and according to the applicant's practices and associations;
  • have been in existence for a minimum of twelve (12) months, with evidence of public activity.

Repeat applicants must show evidence of organizational evolution, program innovation, creative partnerships and/or growth in community engagement.

View the 2016 Arts Development Guidelines

Download the 2016 Arts Development Application in Word

Download the 2016 Arts Development Financial Form in Excel

Culture Builds Community Program - Deadline Oct. 28, 2016

Application release date: Aug. 25, 2016

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 that have the ability to engage residents at a local community level. Projects will culminate in a work of art or a public event. Projects that engage under-served local communities will be given priority.

In addition to the General Eligibility requirements, applicants must:

  • engage people from a local community in St. Catharines;
  • pay lead artists for their services in accordance with generally accepted professional arts management standards.

All organizational applicants must have been in existence for a minimum of twelve (12) months, with evidence of public activity.

Eligibility Exceptions for Arts Development and Culture Builds Community Programs

  • Non-cultural organizations that are registered not-for-profits and meet all other program requirements may apply for the Culture Builds Community Program.
  • Individual artists leading a community art project that engages the broader community and meets all other program requirements may apply to the Culture Builds Community Program stream.
  • Arts organizations and artist ad-hoc groups that operate on a not-for-profit basis, but are not registered, may apply to the Arts Development and Culture Builds Community Programs.
  • Subject to prequalification, first-time applicants that have been in existence for less than a year at the time of the application deadline may be permitted to submit an Arts Development grant application outside of normal program deadlines. Prequalification will require that the applicant demonstrate that they are on a 2-year trajectory to be eligible for sustaining programs. Consultation with City staff will be required and the applicant may also be required to present to the Arts & Culture Advisory Committee. All other program eligibility requirements apply. Prequalification must be granted prior to submitting an application and does not guarantee that the application will be successful.

View the 2016 Culture Builds Community Guidelines

Download the 2016 Culture Builds Community Application in Word

Download the 2016 Culture Builds Community Financial Form in Excel

Culture Days Activity Program - Deadline May 26, 2017

Application release date: March 2017

Intended for artists, businesses or organizations who wish to run a Culture Days activity in St. Catharines. Activities must respond to the mandate of Culture Days and create public participation in cultural experiences, with the aim of inspiring future involvement in the cultural life of the community. Culture Days is a 3-day national event at the end of September to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.

Applicants to the Culture Days Activity Program are not required to meet all of the General Eligibility Requirements of SCCIP. Activities must:

  • take place in St. Catharines during the Culture Days weekend;
  • be free and open to the public;
  • engage the public in hands-on, interactive cultural experiences and encourages continued involvement in local culture;
  • employ (and pay) local artists and cultural workers;
  • be distinct from normal activities offered by applicant.

Eligibility Exceptions to Culture Days Activity Program

For-profit businesses are eligible for this program when all other eligibility requirements are met. Business applicants are eligible for artist fee costs only.

View the 2016 Culture Days Activity Program Guidelines

 


Please contact staff if you have questions about how to complete a form or require other file formats.

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