Grants

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 cheryl@centralokanaganfoundation.org  

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 cheryl@centralokanaganfoundation.org.

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 Heritage Grants Program (HGP) promotes the conservation of all types of heritage buildings by helping owners of properties listed on the Kelowna Heritage Register with grants for a portion of the costs incurred in exterior conservation work. 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.

Information session

Is your property on the Kelowna Heritage Register? Are you considering an exterior conservation or maintenance project? If so, please join us for this free public information session on the City of Kelowna Heritage Grants Program. The session will include changes to the program guidelines for 2019. Information on the Kelowna Heritage Register and Heritage Designation will be presented by City of Kelowna planning staff.

  • March 7
  • 6:30pm-8pm
  • Reid Hall, 2279 Benvoulin Road
  • Space is limited. Please RSVP: 250-861-7188 or ldauncey.cohs@telus.net

 

The HGP is currently administered by the Central Okanagan Heritage Society (COHS). Contact Lorri Dauncey at 250-861-7188 or ldauncey.cohs@telus.net 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
cmcwillis@kelowna.ca                                                      dnicholas@kelowna.ca

Social Service Organizations:
Mariko Siggers
250-469-8818
msiggers@kelowna.ca

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.