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Several deadlines are approaching for applications to various funding streams of the St. Catharines Cultural Investment Program (SCCIP).

 

The program offers annual funding through several program streams, serving diverse segments of the creative community in order to fulfill its goal of strengthening the city’s cultural landscape

 

“Artists and non-profits make up the very heart of our creative and cultural community,” said Kathleen Powell, Acting Supervisor of Cultural Services. “Their contributions to culture improve the lives of all our residents by helping us examine the world in which we live, come together as a community and inspire us to take action. It’s important we support their efforts so our residents can continue to enjoy the vibrant, compassionate and creative city we have become.”

 

SCCIP funds are available to non-profit arts organizations engaged in ongoing creation, production, presentation and dissemination activities related to the performing, visual, literary and media arts. All applicants must meet three general criteria. They must:

 

  1. Be active in St. Catharines;
  2. Provide programming or services that are open to the public;
  3. Have a diversified revenue base, which can include memberships, significant earned revenue, funding from other levels of government and support from the private sector.

 

SCCIP has six program streams, each with its own distinct priorities, eligibility and evaluation criteria. Applications are currently open for the Core and Midsized Sustaining Programs, Arts Development Program and Culture Builds Community Program.

 

Applications are also open for the Core and Midsized Sustaining Programs, with a deadline of April 15. This funding supports 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.

 

In addition to the general eligibility requirements, applicant organizations for the “core” program must be in existence for at least five years, operate on a year-round basis, be a federally or provincially incorporated not-for-profit, have full-time paid professional artistic staff, have operating revenues of no less than $250,000 per year, produce a full season of programming as per industry standards and have significant resources that serve the local arts sector. Applicant organizations for the “midsized” program must be in existence for at least two years, be a federally or provincially incorporated not-for-profit, produce a minimum of three public activities per year and have operating revenues of no less than $30,000 per year.

 

A deadline of May 20 has been set for the Culture Builds Community Program. Culture Builds Community Program funding is intended to support projects that engage residents through community art experiences, neighbourhood cultural activities and/or experiences that encourage participation, creativity and innovation. In addition to the general requirements, applicants must engage people from a local community in St. Catharines and pay lead artists for their services in accordance with generally accepted professional arts management standards in order to be eligible for this program.

 

The Arts Development Program supports 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. The application deadline for this program is May 20. In addition to the general eligibility requirements, applicants must pay principal artistic contributors for their services in accordance with generally accepted industry standards and have been in existence for a minimum of 12 months, with evidence of public activity.

 

Members of the St. Catharines Arts and Culture Advisory Committee will review all applications and make recommendations for subsequent investment to St. Catharines City Council. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit their applications well in advance of the relevant deadlines if possible.

 

For more information on the SCCIP, interested individuals can visit www.stcatharines.ca/SCCIP.  All new applicants are required to contact St. Catharines’ Culture Services staff via email at [email protected] before starting their application.