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

The Project 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 2018, 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 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 the Project Category, please click here.

Download a Project Category budget report form here.  Applicants that receive CCD Investment Grants 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.

Prior to submitting an application, please read the guidelines to ensure your application is eligible and that you are submitting all of the required forms and support material.

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

Once you have reviewed the guidelines and have contacted the Manager of Cultural Development, please fill in the application form online and attach all required documents.

Download a operating budget form here.

Development Categories

This Category is intended to support community cultural development by providing funding for strategic development, professional individual development and community arts, culture and heritage community initiatives that are not eligible for a Project or Operating Category Grant.

  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

Budget Forms 

Download the Capacity Building Program Budget form here.

Download the Community Initiative Program Budget form here.

Download the Professional Development (Individuals) Program Budget form here.

Application Package 

Download the application package here.



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