Central Okanagan Foundation for Youth (COFFY) and the United Way Gennext are pleased to announce that we are partnering to offer Youth Initiative Grants of up to $2000!

These grants are available to young people up to age 25 who are partnering with an organization to create positive change in their local community. The partner organization can be a school, church or charity. Youth must reside in either the Central or South Okanagan Similkameen in order to apply. 



Our 2016 Youth Initiative Grant application is open!

Download the application here

Deadline to Apply: March 4th, 2016 at 3:00pm 

Send your application by mail, e-mail or fax to:

United Way Central & South Okanagan Similkameen

Mail: 202-1456 St Paul Street  Kelowna, BC V1Y 2E6

E-mail: info@unitedwaycso.com 

Fax: 250-868-3206




Project Evaluation:

COFFY and Gennext must be accountable to its donors to ensure that monies distributed through our Grant’s Program are indeed used for the purposes they were intended. For this reason, a Grant Evaluation is required to be completed within one year of your organization receiving the funds.

Dowload the Project Evaluation


(L to R) COFFY members: Lisa Guidi, Désirée Henke, Jenna Gall


What is COFFY?

The Central Okanagan Foundation for Youth (COFFY) committee is made up of young adults age 15 - 25.  Since its establishment in 2002, COFFY has been building an endowment fund with the COF.  The income generated is used to support youth projects and programs in the Central Okanagan (Lake Country to Peachland).  Specifically, COFFY wishes to support projects that are youth-driven, collaborative and have a direct beneficial impact on young people living in the Central Okanagan.


WHAT IS GENNEXT AND UNITED WAY?                                                                                                

For over 65 years, the United Way of the Central and South Okanagan/Similkameen has served the region from Lake Country in the North, to Osoyoos and Princeton in the South. Our Community Impact mission captures the essence of what we do: We improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action. The United Way invests for maximum impact in three focus areas that support all that kids can be, move people from poverty to possibility and builds strong communities. For more information, visit unitedwaycso.com or call 1-855-232-1321. Gennext is a volunteer organization of young professionals working in partnership with United Way.