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Grants and Exemptions

The City of Kelowna offers a variety of grants and exemptions.

Since the criteria for the City’s different grants and exemptions vary, you should read the specific eligibility guidelines for the programs you are interested in. These can be obtained by contacting the staff liaison for each program or by clicking on applicable hyperlinks.

Arts, Culture & Heritage Grants

The City of Kelowna offers four categories of Arts, Culture & Heritage grants. Categories include:

  • Arts, Culture & Heritage Operating Grants
  • Community Festivals, Events & Project Grants
  • Community Public Art Grants
  • Heritage Building Grants

For more information on Arts, Culture & Heritage grants, the guidelines and application, visit the Cultural Grants webpage. 

Athletic and Sport Grants

The City of Kelowna recognizes the need for financial aid to support the competition, education and event hosting needs of our locally-based sport community. In response, the following community sport grants have been established: Sport Education Grant, Sport Event Grant, Athletic Excellence Grant and KidSport Grant.  Visit Sport & Recreation for more information. 

Community Social Development Grants

Grants are available to registered non-profit Kelowna based organizations 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.

For more information contact Cheryl Miller, Grants Manager at the Central Okanagan Foundation at 250 861-6160,

Emergency Grants

Emergency grants may be available to registered non-profit organizations 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.

For more information contact Cheryl Miller, Director, Grants & Community Initiatives at the Central Okanagan Foundation at 250 861-6160,

Event Development Fund

The purpose of the Event Development Fund is to foster a dynamic event landscape in Kelowna by supporting new and existing events that add to the festive environment. To address this goal, two grant streams were created: the Strategic Events Fund and the City Services Offset Grant.

Heritage Grants Program 

The City of Kelowna's Heritage Grants Program provides grants to heritage building owners for a portion of the expenses incurred in restoration work related to the exterior of their buildings.  

Permissive Property Tax Exemptions

Property tax exemptions are available for qualifying registered non-profit Kelowna based organizations using property for municipal recreation, religious, cultural or charitable purposes.

Strong Neighbourhood Grants

The purpose of the Strong Neighbourhood Grants are to provide the opportunity for neighbours to build relationships, gain a greater sense of neighbourhood pride, and provide resources to address each neighbourhood's unique interests and needs which in turn, enhances the quality of life for Kelowna residents. There are two grants available: the Neighbourhood Grant and the Youth Development and Engagement Grant.

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