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.

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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.

Program Details and Applications

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

Sustaining Funding (click here): Programs are Core, Midsized and Festival

Development Funding (click here): 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

 

All Applications for 2019 are now closed.

Please check back in January 2020 for information regarding 2020 deadlines and updated application forms.

  • March 22, 2019 - applications were accepted for the Culture Days Activity Program. 
  • May 31, 2019 - applications were accepted for the Sustaining - Core, Sustaining - Midsized, Arts Development and Culture Builds Community programs.
  • October 25, 2019 - applications were accepted for the Sustaining - Festival, Arts Development and Culture Builds Community programs.

Application Review

Members of the St. Catharines Arts and Culture Advisory Committee review all applications and make recommendations for investment to City Council. 

The Review Committee uses the following evaluation forms when reviewing applications. Please click appropriate link to download a copy of the form.

 

Sustaining | CORE

Sustaining | MIDSIZED

Sustaining | FESTIVAL

 

Development | ARTS DEVELOPMENT

Development | CULTURE BUILDS COMMUNITY

Development | CULTURE DAYS ACTIVITY

 

2019 Approved Funding - To Date

Core Sustaining Program - 5 recipients

  • Carousel Players - $42,000
  • Chorus Niagara - $16,000
  • Niagara Artists Centre - $42,500
  • Niagara Symphony Orchestra - $53,000
  • Suitcase in Point - $25,000

 Midsized Sustaining Program - 4 recipients

  • Essential Collective Theatre - $25,000
  • The Gallery Players of Niagara - $11,000
  • Twitches & Itches Theatre - $10,500
  • The Willow Arts Community - $6,000

 Festival Sustaining Program - 1 recipient

  • In the Soil Arts Festival (Suitcase In Point) - $10,000

Arts Development Program - 4 recipients

  • Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts - $3,000
  • Cicada Music & Arts - $3,000
  • Lark & Whimsy Theatre Collective - $2,500
  • Songbook Players - $1,000 

Culture Builds Community Program - 1 recipient

  • Niagara Regional Native Centre - $7,500

Culture Days Activity Program - 23 recipients

  • Rhiannon Barry - $500
  • Carousel Players - $1,100
  • Deena Colling Gelentso - $650
  • Danny Custodio - $600
  • Essential Collective Theatre - $1,000
  • Geoff Farnsworth - $600
  • David Figueroa - $770
  • The Foster Festival - $500
  • Kevin Hobbs - $700
  • Improv Niagara - $350
  • Janice Low - $500
  • Metka Manfreda - $500
  • Colleen McTigue - $577
  • Sandy Middleton - $750
  • Linda Philip - $600
  • PK Hummingbird Steel Drum Orchestra - $240
  • Steve Plews - $700
  • Aaron Robillard - $600
  • St. Catharines Poetry Slam - $600
  • Dahlia Steinberg - $550
  • Twitches & Itches Theatre - $550
  • Karen Waterman - $450
  • Waterwood Theatre Projects - $600

For More Information

Please contact Cultural Services staff: 

email: culture@stcatharines.ca

phone: 905 688 5601 x 5229

 

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