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 Community Cultural Development (CCD) Investment Program includes three categories with the following deadline:

  • Project Cateorgy: January 31, 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 Investment Program 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 Investment grant. 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 Investment 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 in total Project Investment per year. Projects with diverse funding sources are encouraged.

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

Download Project Budget Report Form hereApplicants that receive Community Cultural Development (CCD) Project Investments are required to submit a final Performance Report to the City upon completion of a special project or once annually in the case of on-going activities.


Organization Investment

This investment category represents a contribution towards the overall operating costs of well-established and developed arts, heritage and cultural organizations; it is intended to defray a portion of general overhead and regular ongoing programming and is not earmarked for any specific project or activity. 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.


  • Organizations must have a proven track record of relevant community service or programming and be able to demonstrate operational responsibility in order to be considered.
  • To be considered in this Investment category, organizations must meet the Basic Eligibility Criteria (listed below); inclusion in the Program will not be automatic but based on a detailed organizational assessment.
  • In addition to groups mandated to produce, and present on-going programs or operate non-profit cultural facilities, organizations which operate, manage and program cultural facilities on behalf of the City as well as festival societies are also eligible to be considered within this category.


  • Candidates who meet the Basic Criteria can submit a proposal on an annual submission date. Proposals must be based on the Assessment Criteria (listed below) and the responsibility to demonstrate level of compliance rests with the applicant.
  • A detailed review of each proposal, including a financial analysis, is conducted by Recreation Department staff in order to ascertain sound management practices, standards of excellence in program discipline and meaningful community impact.
  • In order to promote organizational stability and long range planning, funding for a group that has been placed in the Organization Investment category is automatically renewed annually at the same funding level through the Department’s base budget process. However, a review process is scheduled every three years to assess potential future investments by the City.
  • The City’s investment in any given organization shall not exceed a maximum of 25% of the organization’s operating budget. ·
  • An annual report is required to maintain Organization Investment status; 90% of funds are awarded upon approval of allocation and 10% after submission of the annual report. Reports are due no later than 3 months after the organization’s fiscal year end.
  • Organizations receiving assistance through the Organization Investment category are entitled to apply in other Investment Program categories. (Note: in the Project Investment category they are eligible to apply for one-time only projects, not regular programming).

Deadline to apply is April 30. For more information about this category please contact Carrie Nimmo.

Development Investment

This category is intended to encourage community cultural development by providing:

  • seed funding for a portion of the initial start up costs of new initiatives and/or;
  • support to innovative projects that exemplify the community cultural development model and/or;
  • assistance with the strategic development of an organization or professional practitioner provided that the organization’s or individual’s ability to benefit the community will be enhanced.

There are four types of initiatives that will be considered for funding under the Development Investment category:

  • the creation of new arts, culture or heritage groups; · community-based initiatives by established groups or artists;
  • enterprises; and
  • professional development (organizations and individuals).

For any given application one of the following is to be identified by the applicant indicating the nature of their proposal:

  1. New arts, culture or heritage groups
  2. Community-based projects initiated by established groups or artists
  3. Enterprises: innovative ideas aimed at increasing the economic self-sufficiency of sector practitioners and/or enhance local economic development.
  4. Professional Development
    • Organizations
    • Individuals

Intakes are April 30 and September 30. For more information about this category please contact Carrie Nimmo.


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