Giving back to our community is what the Central Okanagan Foundation is all about. One of the primary ways we do this is by allowing registered charities and not-for-profits to apply to the Foundation for a grant. Presently the COF administers three different types of granting programs:
The COF's own granting program takes place twice per year in May and October. Specific funds from our endowments are pooled into a Community Fund and the income that is earned on these funds is what is granted out to the registered charities that apply to us.
Since 2005 the COF has been administering the following granting programs on behalf of the City of Kelowna: Community Social Development Grants; Grants to Address the Sexual Exploitation of Youth; and Emergency Grants. These are open to not-for-profit organizations and registered not-for-profits.
Starting in 2010, COF also began administering the following City of Kelowna Arts granting programs: Arts, Culture & Heritage Operating Grants; Community Festivals, Events & Project Grants.
The COF also works closely with other groups to assist them with their granting programs. From time to time Service Clubs, Businesses, Giving Circles, and/or Private Foundations have benefited from the specialized skills of our granting staff and volunteer committees. Check this section regularly for "other" granting opportunities COF is currently involved in...