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.

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 culture@stcatharines.ca. Regular office hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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In order to provide support to the Arts and Culture Community during Covid-19, the SCCIP Arts Development and Culture Builds Community Programs were replaced in 2020 with the Arts and Culture Community Revitalization Program (see below).

Arts Development Program

Application Deadline: 

Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021
Application materials now available.

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.

 

Eligibility Exceptions for Arts Development Program

  • 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.

For more information:

Download the 2021 Arts Development Program Guidelines (PDF)

Information for Applicants

New for 2021: Applications must be submitted through the online submission portal.

If you require assistance with the online portal, please contact Cultural Services staff at ajuddrifkin@stcatharines.ca or 905.688.5601, ext. 5229.

Before you begin:

Contact Staff. New applicants must contact Cultural Services staff to confirm eligibility prior to applying. We strongly recommended that returning applicants also contact Cultural Services staff to review the program requirements prior to applying.

Download the 2021 Arts Development Program Application Materials, including:

Applicant Authorization and Information Form (pdf)

Application Form (word)

Financial Form (excel)

How to Apply:

  1. Please review the checklist on page 5 of the Application Form to ensure you have all required documents ready for upload.
  2. Click here to access the Arts Development Program online submission portal.
  3. Upload all documents to the portal and submit.

Culture Builds Community Program

Application Deadline: 

Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021
Application materials now available.

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 Culture Builds Community Program

  • 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.

For more information:

Download the 2021 Culture Builds Community Program Guidelines (PDF)

Information for Applicants

New for 2021: Applications must be submitted through the online submission portal.

If you require assistance with the online portal, please contact Cultural Services staff at ajuddrifkin@stcatharines.ca or 905-688-5601 ext. 5229.

Before you begin:

Contact Staff. New applicants must contact Cultural Services staff to confirm eligibility prior to applying. We strongly recommended that returning applicants also contact Cultural Services staff to review the program requirements prior to applying.

Download the 2021 Culture Builds Community Program Application Materials, including:

Applicant Authorization and Information Form (pdf)

Application Form (word)

Financial Form (excel)

How to Apply:

  1. Please review the checklist on page 5 of the Application Form to ensure you have all required documents ready for upload.
  2. Click here to access the Culture Builds Community Program online submission portal.
  3. Upload all documents to the portal and submit.

Culture Days Activity Program 

Applications Are Now Closed. 
Activity Dates: Culture Days will take place from September 24 to October 24.

 

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 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 Culture Days;
  • 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:

Download the 2021 Culture Days Activity Program Guidelines (PDF)

 

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

www.stcatharines.ca/culturedays

www.culturedays.ca

 

Arts and Culture Community Revitalization Program (2020 only)

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

Applications are closed for the Arts and Culture Community Revitalization Program.

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.

 

Eligibility

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.

 

For more information:

Download the Program Guidelines (PDF)

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

 

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