The Central Okanagan Foundation and the United Way Gennext have partnered 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.

Application form for 2021 Grants Available here

Deadline: March 2, 2021, 3:00 PM

Grant writing tips available here

For any inquiries, please contact: Abbie Norrish, Coordinator, Grants & Community Initiatives


Central Okanagan Foundation and Gennext must be accountable to their 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 Project Evaluation is required to be completed within one year of your organization receiving the funds.


WHAT IS the central Okanagan Foundation?

The Central Okanagan Foundation is a community foundation that has been supporting local registered charities since 1977. We contribute to the quality of life in the Central Okanagan through the raising and stewardship of entrusted funds, innovative and diverse granting, and active community leadership. In 2002 the Central Okanagan for Youth fund was created to encourage youth engagement through supporting projects which are youth-led, volunteer based and beneficial to both youth and the whole community.


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 or call 1-855-232-1321. Gennext is a volunteer organization of young professionals working in partnership with United Way.