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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 $339,587 for SCCIP in 2019. Regular funding increases follow the Cultural Funding Task Force report to City Council on Dec. 14, 2015. Council's Standing Budget Committee doubled SCCIP funding in 2016 and increased funding again in 2017. Council 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.

 2019 Program Deadlines and Applications

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

JOIN US FOR AN INFO SESSION

Whether you’re looking for a first-time overview of the programs or a refresher on the Purpose & Priorities of SCCIP, this session will help you get off to a good start. Staff will give a short presentation on the programs and answer your questions. 

WHEN: Wednesday, April 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Burgoyne Woods Room, 3rd Floor, St. Catharines City Hall, 50 Church St.
CONTACT: culture@stcatharines.ca

Please click on the links above for application materials and guidelines. 

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

  • Culture Days Activity Program, applications are closed for 2019.
  • May 31, 2019  - applications are due for the Sustaining - Core, Sustaining - Midsized, Arts Development and Culture Builds Community programs. Applications available April, 2019
  • October 25, 2019 - applications are due for the Sustaining - Festival, Arts Development and Culture Builds Community programs. Festival Applications available late summer 2019

2018 Approved Funding

Core Sustaining Program - 5 recipients

  • Carousel Players - $39,000
  • Chorus Niagara - $15,000
  • Niagara Artists Centre - $41,000
  • Niagara Symphony Orchestra - $50,000
  • Suitcase in Point - $35,000

 Midsized Sustaining Program - 3 recipients

  • Essential Collective Theatre - $35,000
  • The Gallery Players of Niagara - $11,000
  • Twitches & Itches Theatre - $10,000

 Festival Sustaining Program - 3 recipients

  • In the Soil Arts Festival (Suitcase In Point) - $15,000
  • The Foster Festival  - $25,000
  • The TD Niagara Jazz Festival - $12,000

Arts Development Program - 5 recipients

  • Garden City Productions - $2,000
  • The Willow Arts Community - $5,000
  • Bravo Niagara Festival of the Arts - $1,000
  • Rodman Hall Art Centre - $3,264.01
  • Stolen Theatre Collective - $3,000 

Culture Builds Community - 7 recipients

  • Cultural Communications Inc (NRNC) - $7,500
  • The Foster Festival - $3,000
  • Open Streets STC - $2,500
  • Laurie Sadowski - $3,000
  • Carla Carlson - $2,000
  • Helen Michlik & Laurie Sadowski - $2,000
  • Music Niagara - $2,000

Culture Days Activity Program - 18 recipients

  • Rhiannon Barry - $825.00
  • Carousel Players - $1,000.00
  • Deena Colling Gelentso - $800.00
  • Essential Collective Theatre - $350.00
  • Geoff Farnsworth - $800.00
  • The Foster Festival - $540.00
  • Kevin Hobbs - $1,200.00
  • Hether Klesh - $550.00
  • Janice Low - $830.00
  • Metka Manfreda - $400.00
  • Helen Michlik - $505.00
  • Niagara Society of Architects (NSoA) - $750.00
  • Rodman Hall Art Centre - $1,200.00
  • Silver Spire United Church - $850.00
  • St. Catharines Poetry Slam - $750.00
  • Twitches & Itches Theatre - $850.00
  • Waterwood Theatre Projects - $600.00
  • Diana Williamson - $700.00
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