We offer a variety of grant opportunities each year that range from arts and culture, and social development grants to park and neighbourhood improvement initiatives. For more information, explore the programs below.

Arts & culture grants

We offer four categories of Arts & Culture grants. Categories include:

  • General operating grants
  • Project grants
  • Organization development grants
  • Community art grants

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

Athletic and sport grants

We recognize 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 sports grants for more information.

Community Social Development Grants

Grants are available to registered non-profit Kelowna based organizations who make an impact on the social well-being and resiliency of the community. The purpose of the Community Social Development Grants is to make available funding to organizations offering services or programs with the goal of generating, promoting or accelerating socially beneficial services or programs in the city of Kelowna. The application deadline is 3:30 p.m. on the last Friday of February.

For a copy of the application form, guidelines and applicable policies please visit the Central Okanagan Foundation grants information page.

For more information contact Cheryl Miller, Director, Grants & Community Initiatives at 250 861-6160 or  

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 or

Heritage Grants Program

The Heritage Grants Program is designed to promote conservation of residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural heritage buildings by assisting owners with grants for a portion of the costs incurred in conservation work. The program is limited to exterior work.

Eligible work may include reroofing, window and door conservation, siding and porch conservation, work on foundation, and repainting. Approximately $35,000 is available for distribution annually, with buildings with a Heritage Designation eligible for a maximum of $12,500 per 3 year period and buildings listed on the Kelowna Heritage Register eligible for a maximum of $7,500 per 3 year period.

Any property listed on the Kelowna Heritage Register is eligible to apply for this program; interested applicants should visit Heritage Planning Initiatives for more information on the program.

The HGP is currently administered by the Central Okanagan Heritage Society (COHS). Contact Lorri Dauncey at 250-861-7188 or for more information.


Organization Development Grant

This program aims to provide assistance to non‐profit sport, event, social service and cultural organizations for the purpose of undertaking activities or initiatives which develop the organization’s capacity and sustainability. Applicants will be asked to work directly with City staff to complete a screening tool to determine project eligibility. An application form will be provided for projects determined to be eligible.

Contact staff to discuss eligibility for this program or to obtain more information.

Cultural Organizations:                                                     Sport and Event Organizations:
Christine McWillis                                                                Doug Nicholas
250-470-0640                                                                        250-469-8859                                            

Social Service Organizations:
Mariko Siggers

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.

Rental housing grants

The intent of the Housing Opportunities Reserve Fund is to encourage the development of affordable housing. The Fund relies on taxation, land sales, revenues and other resources. The money is used to acquire lands suited to development opportunities that would include affordable housing.  

There are also grants available to encourage the construction of rental housing units. Funds are distributed based on the number of dwellings that qualify. 

Learn more about the grants and applications under the Rental Housing Grant on the Developer incentives page.

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.