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Arts, Culture & Heritage Grants

The City of Kelowna offers four categories of grants to non-profit organizations, each year. The purpose of these grants is to enrich the art, culture and heritage experience for Kelowna residents. These grants are awarded on an annual basis and organizations may apply for grants under more than one category in the same calendar year. Eligible organizations must be incorporated as a non-profit society and operate primarily in Kelowna.

Grants available include:

Cultural Grant Panel

The City of Kelowna is seeking up to 12 qualified Kelowna residents to serve on a Cultural Grant Panel. The Panel will adjudicate funding applications for the City's cultural grants and provide advice to city staff on grand administration procedures and processes. Panelists are invited to participate based on their experience, merits and familiarity with grant-making practice and the local arts, culture and heritage community.

Individuals interested in being on the Panel are invited to submit an application by 4 pm., Friday, November 4, 2016. An application consists of a letter or resume outlining relevant experience, and reasons for interest in the role. Email and telephone contact information must also be included. For further details about the eligibility and work of the Cultural Grant Panel, click here.

General 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 a spirit of community service in their operations.

Deadline: Friday December 2, 2016 at 3:00p.m. PST

    2017 General Operating Grant Guidelines
​    2017 General Operating Grant Application (Full-length)
    2017 General Operating Grant Application (Condensed) - ONLY for returning applicants requesting less than $5,000

Project Grants

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

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

Deadline: Friday December 2, 2016 at 3:00p.m. PST

    2017 Project Grant Guidelines
    2017 Project Grant Application (Full-length)*
    2017 Project Grant Application (Condensed)* - ONLY for returning project requesting less than $3,500

    2016 Project - Final Report Form
    * email to receive an application

Organization Development Grants

This program aims to provide assistance to non-profit arts, culture and heritage organizations for the purpose of undertaking activities or initiatives that will develop the organization’s capacity and sustainability.

Funding is used to pay for consulting services or for tuition in reputable programs. Organization Development grants are a type of project grant, and are available for up to 50% of the total project cost, to a maximum of $10,000. Matching contributions may be cash or in kind. Two or more organizations may partner on an organization development project and undertake joint planning or training.

Deadline: Friday April 29, 2016 at 3:00p.m. PST
2016 Organization Development Guidelines
      2017 Guidelines and application form will be available Spring 2017.


Community Art Grants

Community Public Art is a collaborative, collective creative process between a professional artist and the community. It encourages the creation of publicly accessible artworks, fosters community pride, identity and reflects the diversity of the community.

One or more projects will be considered each year based on the applications received and reviewed by the Public Art Committee. Funding is provided on a matching 50/50 basis. The City welcomes proposals for projects using either traditional or new art practices. 

Note: The Community Public Art program is currently under review. please contact for more information.


Related Links:

Grant Writing Tips 
Additional Grant Opportunities
2016 Operating Grant Recipients
2016 Project Grant Recipients

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