Community Cultural Development Investment Program

The Community Cultural Development (CCD) Investment Program acknowledges the contribution made by arts, heritage and culture within Port Coquitlam and assists in its development in order to:

  • Demonstrate municipal leadership and enable cultural organizations to leverage other funding sources.
  • Encourage and support quality arts, heritage and cultural activities, which enhance the quality of life of Port Coquitlam residents.
  • Increase public appreciation, access and participation in arts, heritage and cultural activity.
  • Promote the continued development and expression of specific communities (as defined by proximity, commonality or interest) through art and cultural processes.
  • Stimulate excellence in community cultural development programming.

The CCD Investment Program includes three categories with the following deadline:

  • Project and Festival Category: January 31 (for 2018 only), April 30 and September 30.
  • Development Category: April 30 and September 30.
  • Organization Category: April 30
Project and Festival Category

The Project and Festival Category supports one-time-only OR ongoing arts, cultural and heritage projects, programs, events and festivals of established groups who are not currently in receipt of an Organization or Development Categories. Beginning in the 2018 year, the CCD Program has increased its investment in order to expand support specifically to encourage the creation and/or growth of arts, cultural, heritage and community festivals and special events.


  • Organizations that receive funding under other City programs (such as the Self-Help Matching Grant Program) are not eligible to apply under the Project and Festival Category for the same project.
  • Applicants must be incorporated non-profit societies (federal charitable registration is not required) and have been incorporated for a minimum of one year.
  • Assistance is provided for projects, programs, events and festivals that take place in, or are primarily focused on the City of Port Coquitlam and its residents. Eligibility is not limited to arts, heritage and cultural groups but to any community organization, whose proposed project/program is of an arts, heritage or cultural nature, is in keeping with the organization’s mandate, and where adequate expertise is demonstrated to carry out the project/program.
  • An exception will be made with respect to art, music and theatre schools operating as private businesses in the event that a project is proposed which clearly demonstrates benefit to the community and the need for subsidy (i.e. links students or facility to the community in meaningful ways, such as outreach programs for at-risk youth). Whenever possible, schools are encouraged to partner with a non-profit group as a joint initiative.
  • For profit ventures (such as the presentation of popular entertainment or projects with a primarily fundraising objective) will not be considered.


  • Applicants may submit more than one application per year, provided the funding request is not for the same project and that any outstanding projects have been completed, with the final report submitted.
  • Significant capital projects requiring relatively large sums to acquire, develop, improve, and/or maintain a capital asset (such as land, buildings, theatres, major equipment) will not be considered; however, supplies, materials, and small relevant equipment purchases (e.g. costumes, display materials) are eligible.
  • Proposed projects require clearly articulated objectives, a described plan for meeting these objectives and an evaluation process by which to determine to what extent objectives were met.
  • Applicants may receive a maximum of $5,000 per year. Projects with diverse funding sources are encouraged.

To apply or for more information about this category, please click here.

Download a project budget report form here. Applicants that receive CCD Investments are required to submit a final Performance Report to the City upon completion of a project or once annually in the case of on-going activities.

Operating Category

The City of Port Coquitlam awards operating grants up to $20,000 through the Community Cultural Development Investment Program (CCD) to qualifying Port Coquitlam organizations that offer quality arts, heritage and cultural programming to the community. The application package includes guidelines, application form, budget form and annual report form.

Operating grants contribute towards the overall operating costs of well-established and developed arts, heritage and cultural organizations; they are intended to defray a portion of general overhead and regular ongoing programming costs and are not earmarked for specific projects or activities. The objective is to assist in the creation of a secure funding base in order to promote an environment of financial stability in which organizations can sustain their activities and operations over the long term. In order to achieve this stability, funding is awarded for a three year term, with a maximum $20,000 awarded each year.

Deadline to apply is April 30.

Download a project budget report form here.

Download an application form here or fill out the form below.

Development Category

This category is intended to support community cultural development by providing funding for strategic development, professional development and community arts, culture and heritage initiatives that are not eligible for Community Cultural Development (CCD) Project or Operating Investments. The application package includes guidelines, application form and final performance report.

  1. Organizations: Capacity Building Program (up to $5,000)
  2. Individuals: Professional Development Program (up to $1,000)
  3. New arts, culture and heritage groups, collectives or individuals who do not have not-for-profit status but who serve the community: Community Initiative Program (up to $2,500)

Annual Deadlines: April 30 and September 30, 2018

Download a project budget report form for community initiative here. For individuals download the project budget form here.

Download the application here. Or fill out the form below.


Carrie Nimmo
Manager of Cultural Development & Community Services
Recreation Department
Tel 604.927.7915