SCCIP Development Funding

Development funding has three (3) grant programs, designed for small and emerging arts organizations and artist ad-hoc groups, non-profit organizations leading culture-related projects and businesses and individuals leading community-engagement activities. Repeat applicants must show evidence of organizational evolution, program innovation, creative partnerships and/or growth in community engagement.

In order to provide support to the Arts and Culture Community during Covid-19, the SCCIP Arts Development and Culture Builds Community Programs are being replaced in 2020 with the Arts and Culture Community Revitalization Program.

Before you apply: All new applicants to SCCIP are required to contact staff to discuss their plans and application. Returning applicants are also encouraged to discuss your activity plans with staff. Please contact Cultural Services staff at Regular office hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Arts and Culture Community Revitalization Program

Applications have now closed for the Arts and Culture Community Revitalization Program for 2020.

The Arts and Culture Community Revitalization Program supports projects that engage residents through performances, community art experiences, neighbourhood cultural activities and/or experiences that encourage participation, creativity and innovation. Projects may encompass a range of cultural activities, art forms, and art practices with priority given to Niagara-based arts creation and diverse cultural traditions.

The program is open to artists, arts organizations, artist ad-hoc groups/collectives, arts festivals, cultural organizations and other not-for-profit organizations that have the ability to engage residents at a local community level.  Priority will be given to arts and culture initiatives that support downtown revitalization and/or seek to enhance public life during recovery from the COVID-19 epidemic.

This program will replace the Arts Development and Culture Builds Community Programs for the 2020 granting year only.



St. Catharines Cultural Investment Program (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 to the Arts & Culture Community Revitalization Program 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;
  • pay principal artistic contributors for their services in accordance with generally accepted industry standards, and/or according to the applicant’s practices and associations;
  • engage people from a local community in St. Catharines; and,
  • have been in existence for a minimum of twelve (12) months, with evidence of public activity (organizations) OR be able to demonstrate evidence of public activity (individuals).

Applicants to the Arts & Culture Community Revitalization Program can include:

  • arts organizations and artist ad-hoc groups that operate on a not-for-profit basis, but are not registered;
  • non-cultural organizations that are registered not-for-profits and meet all other program requirements; and,
  • individual artists performing OR leading a community art project that engages the broader community and meets all other program requirements.

First-time applicants that are not registered not-for-profits are eligible for a maximum of $3,000 in funding. Non-registered groups must sign a waiver of declaration as part of their application.



Download the Program Guidelines (PDF)

Download the Application Form (PDF)

Download the Financial Information Form (Excel) 

Arts Development Program
Culture Builds Community Program 

The Arts Development and Culture Builds Community Programs have been replaced with the Arts and Culture Community Revitalization Program for 2020 only. 

Culture Days Activity Program 

Applications have now closed for Culture Days 2020.

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 held annually 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, September 25, 26 & 27, 2020;
  • be free and open to the public;
  • engage the public in hands-on, interactive cultural experiences and encourage 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.

For more information on the program, see the 2020 Culture Days Activity Program Guidelines (click here).

Culture Days in Canada, A National Celebration of Arts and Culture

Culture Days serves as a catalyst that connects individuals and creators to build measurable support for the entire sector and amplify its contributions.

Each year during the last weekend of September, millions of Canadians engage in thousands of free events hosted by artists, cultural organizations, institutions, and municipalities in communities across the country. These events serve to showcase the importance of arts and culture in our communities year-round.

St. Catharines has participated in Culture Days as a community since 2015 by providing funding to Artists & Organizations.


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