GRANT SEEKERS

City of Kelowna Grants

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
  • Emergency Grants

Starting in 2010, COF also began administering the following City of Kelowna Arts granting programs:  

  • Arts, Culture & Heritage Operating Grants
  • Community Festivals, Events & Special Project Grants

These are open to registered charities (registered with the Canadian Revenue Agency) and not-for-profit organizations (need an Intermediary to apply). Click below for more on:

City of Kelowna Grants Information

Community Social Development Grants

Grants are available to registered charities based in Kelowna offering primary prevention programs to reduce the incidence of social breakdown. Programs must be orientated towards groups, preventative in nature and not funded by a senior government. The application deadline is 3:30 p.m. on the last Friday of February.

Emergency Grants

Emergency grants may be available to registered charities offering social programs in Kelowna, for the purpose of assisting the organizations through a financial crisis. Any monies granted will be short-term bridging funding only and will depend on the availability of funds in the Social Development Grant Reserve. Grants will not exceed $5,000.

Grants to Address the Sexual Exploitation of Youth

The Planning and Corporate Services Department administers Grants to Address the Sexual Exploitation of Youth. Annual allocations for these grants are based on business license revenues. Handled by Community Planning, the grants are available to agencies developing programs to combat the sexual exploitation of those under 19 years of age within Kelowna city boundaries. The application deadline is 3:30 p.m. on the last Friday of February.

Arts, Culture and Heritage Operating Grants

Operating Grants are available to arts. culture and heritage organizations that carry out the majority of their work in Kelowna. These grants support the operations of the organization, but are not to be used for startup, events, or capital projects.

This grant acknowledges the work these organizations do and how they positively contribute to Kelowna's quality of life, identity and economy. Grants are extended to recipients who demonstrate vision, accountability and spirit of community service in their operations.

Community Festivals, Events and Project Grants

Project grants are available to community organizations, which provide a festival, event or project featuring arts, culture and/or heritage based elements for the benefit of Kelowna residents. Eligible organizations are not required to be from the arts, culture or heritage sector.

Project grants are new in 2010. The program acknowledges that new initiatives need seed money and existing projects may need support to help them grow.

All festivals, events and projects must be accessible to the public, offering a unique experience, and feature arts, culture or heritage content. Funding is provided for up to 3 consecutive years on a matching 50/50 basis.

 

Grant Requirements

City of Kelowna

  • To view the City's latest Official Community Plan click here.
  • For Council Policy 360 of the Official Community Plan click here.
  • For Chapter 10 of the Official Community Plan click here.
  • To view the City's Social Framework click here.

Applying for a City of Kelowna Grant

For all categories of grants, grant applications, checklists for completion, and terms of reference, please visit the City of Kelowna website.

 

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City of Kelowna Project Evaluation

As per the Letter of Agreement page 3 section h i,ii,iii:

h)    The Agency will submit to the Central Okanagan Foundation within 90 days of the end of the Grant term, a detailed written report that:

(i)    specifies how the agreed upon measurable performance targets were met;
provides Project statistics and supplementary data as they relate to project goals, objectives and outcomes;

(ii)   provides for effective monitoring of the relationships between needs and
services and for cost sharing with other levels of government and,

(iii)  includes a financial statement prepared in accordance with GAAP and
certified correct by the Directors of the Agency or an independent auditor,
showing all revenue and expenses related to the Project and detailing how the
grant funds were dispersed.

 

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Previous Grants

2013 City of Kelowna Community Social Development Grants and Grants to Address the Sexual Exploitation of Youth

 

Arion Therapeutic Riding Association
 $          10,000
Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society
 $          12,500
Central Okanagan Emergency Shelter
 $            5,000
Central Okanagan Food Policy Council
 $            4,000
Central Okanagan Region Nutrition Society
 $            7,000
Hands in Service
 $            8,000
HOPE Outreach
 $            1,500
Inn from the Cold
 $          10,000
Kelowna Community Food Bank
 $            8,000
Kelowna Gospel Mission
 $            4,500
New Opportunities for Women
 $            9,500
Project Literacy Kelowna Society
 $          10,000
Reachout Youth Counselling
 $            5,000
The Bridge Youth & Family Services
 $            7,000
TOTAL
 $        102,000

 

2013 City of Kelowna, Arts Culture, Heritage Operating Grants

 

Bumbershoot Childrens’ Theatre
 $          10,000
Centre Cultural Francophone de L ‘Okanagan
 $            8,000
Central Okanagan Heritage Society
 $          12,000
Chamber Music Kelowna
 $            9,000
Cool Arts Society
 $            7,200
Dolyna Ukrainian Cultural Society
 $            1,500
Intercultural Society of the Central Okanagan
 $            5,000
Kelowna City Concert Band
 $            6,000
Kelowna Community Music School
 $            8,500
Kiwanis Music Festival
 $            5,000
Okanagan Chinese Canadian Association
 $            6,800
Okanagan Festival Singers
 $            5,000
Okanagan Historical Society
 $          10,000
Okanagan Society of Independent Filmmaking
 $            5,000
Ponderosa Spinners & Weavers
 $            1,000
Viva Musica Society
 $          10,000
TOTAL
 $        110,000

 

2013 City of Kelowna, Arts, Culture, Heritage Project Grants

 

Cathedral Church of St Michael and All Angels
 $          10,000
Centre Cultural Francophone de L ‘Okanagan
 $          10,000
Cool Arts Society
 $            1,200
Dolyna Ukrainian Cultural Society
 $            1,500
Cool Arts Society
 $            7,200
Dolyna Ukrainian Cultural Society
 $            1,500
Intercultural Society of the Central Okanagan
 $            4,500
Kelowna Ballet Society
 $            4,500
Kelowna Museums Society
 $            1,300
Kelowna Visual & Performing Arts Centre Society
 $            3,500
Okanagan Chinese Canadian Association
 $            8,000
Okanagan Rainbow Coalition
 $            9,500
Okanagan Society of Independent Filmmaking
 $               800
Okanagan Symphony Orchestra
 $            5,500
Ki-low-na Friendship Society
 $            4,700
TOTAL
 $          65,000

 

2012 Arts, Culture & Heritage Operating Grants

 

BC Old Time Fiddlers Association, Brand 7
 $            3,000
Bumbershoot Children's Theatre
 $         10,000
Central Okanagan Heritage Society
 $         12,000
Centre Culturel Francophone de L'Okanagan
 $            6,000
Chamber Music Kelowna
 $            9,000
Cool Arts Society
 $            6,000
Dolyna Ukrainian Cultural Society
 $            1,000
Kelowna City Concert Band
 $            6,000
Kelowna Community Music School
 $            6,000
Kiwanis Music Festival Society
 $            7,500
Okanagan Chinese Canadian Association
 $            5,000
Okanagan Choral Society
 $              800
Okanagan Festival Singers
 $            5,000
Okanagan Historical Society

 $          10,000

Ponderosa Spinners & Weavers

 $            1,000

Society of Friends of the Early Music Studio

 $            2,000

Theatre Kelowna Society

 $          10,000

Viva Musica Society

 $            9,700

Total  $        110,000
2012 Arts, Culture & Heritage Project Grants

Arts Council of the Central Okanagan
 $            5,000
Central Okanagan Heritage Society
 $            2,000
Centre Cultural Francophone  $            3,500
Cool Arts Society  $            1,012
Intercultural Society of the Central Okanagan  $            9,000
Kelowna Art Gallery  $            9,000
Kelowna Ballet Society  $            2,638
Kelowna Community Music School  $            1,000
Kelowna Kasugai Sister City Assoc.  $            2,000
Kelowna Museums  $            8,750
KSAN  $            1,700
Ki-low-na Friendship Society  $            5,000
Okanagan Society of Independent Filmmaking  $              900
Okanagan Symphony Orchestra  $            3,000
Orchard Valley Quilter's Guild  $            4,500
UBC-O Creative Studies  $            9,000
Uptown Rutland Association  $            2,000
Total  $          70,000
2012 Community Social Development Grants,
Grants to Address the Sexual Exploitation of Youth and Emergency Grants
 
Canadian Mental Health Association
 $           2,800
Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society
 $           8,000
Kelowna Community Development Society  
 $           8,500
Kelowna Gospel Mission
 $         20,000
Project Literacy Kelowna Society  $         10,000
Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society
 $           2,550
New Opportunities for Women
 $           9,450
YMCA-YWCA of the Central Okanagan
 $         10,000
Total

 $         71,300

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FAQs

Q:Can an agency apply for a Central Okanagan Foundation grant as well as a City of Kelowna grant?

Yes. The funds come from different sources and applying for a COF grant does not affect your application for a City grant.

Q:Who makes the decisions as to which applicants will receive a City of Kelowna grant?

A separate advisory committee was established to review the applications and make the recommendations for City of Kelowna grants. The committee is made up of community volunteers. There are a total of six volunteers who reflect a diversity of age, ethnic background, professional and experiential background. The recommendations from this committee are presented to City Council who give their final approval.

Q:How do Advisory Committee members determine if they have a conflict of interest regarding applications and should be absent from the discussion?

Our Conflict of Interest Policy is very explicit about the need for Advisory Committee members to absent themselves from discussion pertaining to applications when they are on the board of, or employed by, the applicant organizations. In situations where the involvement is less direct, conflict of interest is most effectively avoided by declaring the bias and asking for guidance in terms of participation in the discussion. A Committee member can do this by contacting the Grants Coordinator prior to the meeting, discussing the potential conflict with the Chair, or by declaring the potential conflict to the whole Committee during the meeting.

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