Community Initiatives Grant

The Community Initiatives Grant is a part of the Community Cultural Development (CCD) Investment Program which supports qualifying individuals, groups and organizations that offer high-quality arts and heritage initiatives for Port Coquitlam residents.

Deadline Dates:

  • Spring Intake – February 20th – April 2nd
  • Fall Intake – August 20th – October 2nd
  • All applications are submitted online.

Contact: [email protected]

Development Grants

Build capacity of artists and arts, culture and heritage organizations
Support arts, culture and heritage initiatives in Port Coquitlam
Create a healthy, engaged and vibrant community

Community Initiative Program Overview

  • up to $2,500
  • Individuals, groups, and collectives without non-profit status planning arts, culture or heritage initiatives that benefit Port Coquitlam residents – these initiatives benefit the community
  • For initiatives primarily focused on the City of Port Coquitlam and its residents. Eligibility is not limited to arts, heritage and cultural groups or individuals but to any community organization, collective or individual whose proposed initiative is of art, heritage or cultural nature and where adequate expertise is demonstrated to carry out the initiative
  • Community Initiatives Examples: Art collective planning a public exhibition of their work with an interactive workshop for the public or a community group proposing to produce a free performing arts festival

General Guideline for all CCD Grants

  • Organizations located in Port Coquitlam and mandated to serve the municipality have priority; however, region-serving groups that are so mandated can demonstrate relevance, need, and non-duplication of services provided by Port Coquitlam-based organizations are considered. Exceptions are possible if the project 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.
  • 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) are taken into consideration when assessing funding allocations.
  • Recipients must adhere to a standard of excellence concerning ethical behaviour when involving the public (e.g. safety training/insurance for public events; policies and processes for the safety of participating young people; necessary protocols when working with First Nations).
  • Organizations providing services that duplicate existing City programs and services may not be funded unless there is a demonstrated need.
  • Applicants may submit more than one application per year, provided the funding request is not for the same project or initiative. Outstanding projects or initiatives have been completed, with the final report submitted.
  • All categories require a final report to ensure accountability and will be required to submit financial statements.
  • The Port Coquitlam Community Foundation and the City of Port Coquitlam Community Fund CCD Investment Program must be acknowledged by recipients in promotional materials.

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; 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 Community Capital Projects Matching Grant Program.