Community Cultural Development Investment Program

Our grant program is currently under review. Applications are closed until further notice.

The Community Cultural Development (CCD) Investment Program supports qualifying individuals, groups and organizations that offer high quality arts and heritage initiatives for Port Coquitlam residents.

Development Grants: 

  • Professional Development (up to $1,000): Individual artists, administrators and board members of arts, culture and heritage organizations that serve Port Coquitlam.
  • Community Initiatives (up to $2,500): Individuals, groups, and collectives without not-for-profit status planning arts, culture and/or heritage initiatives that benefit Port Coquitlam residents.
  • Capacity Building (up to $5,000): Port Coquitlam arts, culture and heritage organizations with not-for-profit status. These grants support strategic organizational development.

Project Grants (up to $5,000): 

  • Not-for-profit organizations planning arts, culture and/or heritage projects, programs, events and festivals that take place in Port Coquitlam and/or are primarily focused on Port Coquitlam and its residents.
  • Art, music and theatre schools operating as private businesses as long as the proposed project clearly demonstrates benefit to the community and the need for subsidy.

Operating Grants (up to $20,000):

  • Well-established and well-developed not-for-profit arts, culture and heritage organizations operating in Port Coquitlam for a minimum of three years. Organizations must be registered under the BC Society Act with a Board of Directors and experienced personnel (paid or volunteer) with the expertise required to successfully manage the organization and achieve the organization’s goals and objectives.

Applicants must contact the City’s Arts & Culture Coordinator to discuss their initiative and confirm their eligibility prior to submitting an application: Robi Smith – Tel 604.927.8443;

Imagine Port Coquitlam: Aligning with the Vision of the City of Port Coquitlam

Entitled Imagine Port Coquitlam, the City of Port Coquitlam’s Cultural Plan, was unanimously received by Council on June 27, 2016 and guides the City’s delivery of arts, culture and heritage events, programs, services and facility operations. The plan was developed following a year-long community engagement process and replaces the 2001 Cultural Policy and Plan.

Port Coquitlam’s unique cultural identity underlies the direction of the plan and its vision: “Port Coquitlam’s vibrant culture celebrates our unique small-town charm and weaves creativity into our active, outdoor lifestyles.”

The Cultural Plan:

  • Provides information to help the City plan for future arts and cultural services and facilities.
  • Identifies what’s important to residents in terms of arts and culture.
  • Assesses the current state of arts and culture in the community, including usership, role, leadership, facilities and resources – what works and what doesn’t.
  • Identifies barriers and opportunities related to arts and culture in the community.

Imagine! Port Coquitlam outlines the strategic direction for the advancement of the cultural life of Port Coquitlam and identifies four key goals:

  1. Integrate Culture Into Community Life
    The community identifies with a small-town feel, outdoor lifestyle and natural heritage, such as rivers, parks and trails. Priority areas include festivals and events, art in public spaces, theatre, live music, family programs and activities that incorporate the outdoors, have a community feel and are accessible and inclusive.
  2. Animate community spaces and optimize existing facilities
    Optimize and activate community spaces and facilities through a variety of projects, programs, events and activities.
  3. Build capacity together
    Develop funding and human resources within the City and the arts and culture community to work together to achieve Cultural Plan goals.
  4. Enhance communications and marketing
    Promote arts, culture and heritage initiatives, programs and events as well as the positive role that arts, culture and heritage play in building healthy communities.
Program Purpose

The 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 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 cultural programming. 
  • The Program is available to organizations that meet the category criteria (see “Operating Investment Guidelines” below); however, application does not automatically result in the receipt of financial assistance.
  • Capital projects are beyond the scope of this Investment Program. These are covered under the Self-Help Matching Grant Program.

The Community Cultural Development (CCD) Investment Program is administrated through the Recreation Department with the Manager of Cultural Development and Community Services functioning as applicant liaison. As well, staff assesses the applications to recommend annual investments, on behalf of the City. 

The Manager of Cultural Development and Community Services may, at his/her discretion, establish an evaluation committee for the purpose of reviewing Investment Program applications and/or call on outside expert advice on a case-by-case basis as deemed necessary.

Funding levels for the Investment Program are established through the City’s annual budgeting process with any adjustments to service levels for the Program considered on the recommendations as presented to the Committee of Council through the staff reporting mechanism.

At year-end, any unallocated monies in either the Project or Development Investment categories shall be carried forward to the next year or assigned to the Arts, Heritage and Culture Reserve Fund.

Recreation Department staff will review the Investment Program every five years, making recommendations for Program amendments to the Committee of Council, as required.  Minor changes to the guidelines that do not alter the Program overall, its intent or funding levels may be made, at the discretion of the Director of Recreation.

General Guidelines (applies to all Categories)
  • Generally only those organizations that are located in Port Coquitlam and are mandated to serve that municipality will be considered; however, region-serving groups which are also mandated and can demonstrate relevance, need and/or non-duplication of services provided by Port Coquitlam-based organizations may be included. Exceptions may be made if the organization provides services or benefits to the residents of Port Coquitlam.
  • Services and activities receiving assistance under the CCD Investment Program should benefit Port Coquitlam and be inclusive and non-discriminatory in nature.
  • Adherence to a standard of excellence with respect to ethical behaviour when involving the public is expected (e.g. safety training/insurance for public events; policies and/or processes for the safety of participating young people; necessary protocols when working with First Nations)
  • In-kind contributions (such as subsidized access to cultural facilities) will be taken into consideration when assessing funding allocations.
  • Organizations providing services that duplicate existing City programs and services may not be funded unless there is a demonstrated need.
  • As a point of practice, the CCD Investment Program will not under-fund an organization, project or program; therefore, some applications may not receive assistance.
  • All categories require a final report to ensure accountability and will be required to submit financial statements.
  • The City of Port Coquitlam’s CCD Investment Program must be acknowledged by recipients in promotional materials. Please contact Pardeep Purewal, Manager of Corporate Communications at for logo and graphic standards.


Robi Smith
Arts & Culture Coordinator
Recreation Department
Tel 604.927.8443