Grants

We offer a variety of grant opportunities each year focusing on areas such as arts and culture, social development and park and neighbourhood improvement initiatives. Explore the programs below to learn more.

New online grant platform

We’re launching our new online grant platform on SurveyMonkey Apply. Some programs are currently available on our platform and others are on their way!

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Online platform support 

We know these transitions can be challenging. We’ve ensured there are plenty of resources available to support you in navigating our new online system. 

SurveyMonkey Apply FAQs

SurveyMonkey Apply has a detailed FAQ & Troubleshooting website page with information on how to use the software. Some of the popular categories are listed below along with a summary of the information they cover. Click on a category title to go directly to that SurveyMonkey Apply FAQ & Troubleshooting section.

General account FAQ 

  • Register as an applicant
  • Setting up my organization
  • Reset or change my password
  • Changing notification sections

Managing your organization 

  • Adding people to assist with the application
  • Joining an existing organization
  • Registration errors
  • Editing the organization profile

Completing an application 

  • Creating a new application
  • Deleting an application
  • Finding my previous applications
  • Errors in uploading files
  • Submitting my application
  • Printing and downloading my application
  • Editing my application
  • Signing my application

Getting additional support 

  • Additional questions about a grant program
  • Having technical issues with the site
Program staff contacts

We want to make sure that you’re successful in using our new grant portal. If you’re having difficulty navigating the site and can’t find the answer to your question on SurveyMonkey Apply's FAQ & Troubleshooting website page, please reach out to your program staff directly.

Art, culture and heritage programsculture@kelowna.ca
Festival and event programscbabcock@kelowna.ca
Organization development programsculture@kelowna.ca
Social development programsmsiggers@kelowna.ca
Sport-based programsbduquette@kelowna.ca
Grant programs
Arts & culture

We offer five categories of arts & culture grants:

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

For more information on Arts & Culture grants, guidelines and how to apply, visit our Cultural grants page

Community social development

Grants are available to registered non-profit, Kelowna-based organizations that make an impact on the social well-being and resiliency of the community. The purpose of the Community Social Development Grant is to make funding available to organizations offering services or programs with the goal of generating, promoting or accelerating socially beneficial services or programs in 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.

2021 grant recipients

OrganizationAmount
Autism Okanagan$7,500
BrainTrust Canada$5,000
Central Okanagan Community Food Bank$12,500
Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society$20,000
Connect Counselling$10,000
Community Recreational Initiatives Society$15,000
Elevation Outdoors$10,000
Freedom's Door$20,000
Hands in Service$10,000
Hope for the Nations$7,500
Karis Support Society$10,000
KCR Community Resources$12,500
Kelowna and District Share Society$4,000
Kelowna Pride Society$5,000
Living Positive Resource Centre$15,000
NOW Canada$10,000
Okanagan Fruit Tree Project$8,000
Project Literacy$5,000

For more information contact Cheryl Miller, Director, Grants & Community Initiatives at 250-861-6160 or cheryl@centralokanaganfoundation.org.

Emergency

Emergency grants may be available to assist registered non-profit organizations offering social programs in Kelowna experiencing a financial crisis. Grants provide 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 hosting

Kelowna has a long history of hosting a variety of events and supporting their continued growth, success and sustainability. Our Event Hosting Program was established in recognition of the benefits that events bring to the community and the associated costs to organizers in hosting.

The intent of the Event Hosting Program is to recognize and support events that reflect Kelowna’s principles and values, and enrich the community. This program will contribute to an event’s health and sustainability so it can remain an integral part of our vibrant community. The Event Hosting Program is application-based and consists of three categories, each having their own set of objectives and criteria.

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

Chris Babcock
Event Development Supervisor
250-469-8780
cbabcock@kelowna.ca   

Brad Duquette
Sport Development Coordinator
250-469-8696
bduquette@kelowna.ca

"Get Eventive" Days Grant

The City of Kelowna is seeking the public’s input on a future signature event and will be conducting various engagement opportunities throughout the summer.

The engagement plans include four “Get Eventive” activation days (July 24th, 25th and August 21st, 22nd) that will feature sport, arts and culture activities and demonstrations taking place throughout the downtown promenade from City Park to Waterfront Park. The intent of these “Get Eventive” days will be to reengage our citizens in a safe & meaningful way, inspire creative ideas and provide a means for public engagement and feedback on a future signature event.

Local community organizations are invited to assist with the “Get Eventive” days by hosting demonstrations, displays and/or try-it activities that represent Kelowna’s diversity and highlight its sporting, artistic, cultural, natural, and historical attributes. Program grants are available to assist with the expenses associated with hosting these activities that are appropriately aligned with health & safety guidelines.

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

Brad Duquette
Sport Development Coordinator
250-469-8696
bduquette@kelowna.ca

Heritage

The Heritage Grants Program, administered by the Central Okanagan Heritage Society, 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 three-year period and buildings listed on the Kelowna Heritage Register eligible for a maximum of $7,500 per three-year period.

Any owner with a property listed on the Kelowna Heritage Register is eligible to apply for this program. Interested applicants should visit the Central Okanagan Heritage Society's website for more information.

Major events

Kelowna is an ideal destination for hosting major, significant events due to its location, setting, amenities, international airport and other factors. Events bring a unique opportunity for the public to share and enjoy special experiences, resulting in significant community development and economic spinoffs that otherwise wouldn’t be realized.

The intent of the Major Events Program is to foster event development and assist in the procurement of new large-scale participant-based or spectator events through components such as identification, bid/hosting fees, creation of bid packages and leverage to obtain additional funding.

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

Chris Babcock                                                                        
Event Development Supervisor                                   
250-469-8780                                                                       
cbabcock@kelowna.ca

 

Organization development

This program aims to assist non‐profit sport, event, social service and cultural organizations for the purpose of undertaking activities or initiatives that develop the organization’s capacity and sustainability.

Applicants will be asked to use our online platform 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:                                                     
Christine McWillis                                                                
250-470-0640
cmcwillis@kelowna.ca

Sport and Event Organizations:
Doug Nicholas
250-469-8859
dnicholas@kelowna.ca

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

Partners in Parks

The Partners in Parks program is an initiative intended to strengthen neighbourhoods through partnerships with community groups that want to refresh and enhance local parks throughout Kelowna.

The maximum Partners in Parks grant per project is $10,000. Approved projects should:

  • Foster a shared sense of park stewardship within the community
  • Leverage community groups’ resources, interests and passion
  • Increase community pride and involvement of residents in parks

Visit our Partners in Parks page to learn more.

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.

Recovery & sustainability grant program

This program aims to help non-profit organizations who continue to be significantly impacted by lost earned revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund was intended to support organizations impacted by lost participant fees, lost ticket sales, or cancelled community events/festivals. This program closed in February 2021.

For some organizations the reality of closures and cancelled seasons/events have created excessive strain on the future viability of the organization. This funding is not intended to make an organization whole but rather to assist with recovery and future sustainability planning and assisting the organization to adapt to the current circumstances.

Broadly-stated outcomes of participation in the Recovery and Sustainability program include:

  • increasing the ability to adapt to changes resulting from COVID-19;
  • building organizational strength and resilience for future success;
  • enhancing the capacity of the organization to develop a broader and more sustainable funding model; and
  • being more strategic in the delivery of impactful programs and services in the community.

For more information, review the program guidelines.

2021 Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the eighteen organizations that were successful in this program:

  • Across the Lake Swim Society  
  • Ballet Kelowna  
  • Central Okanagan Heritage Society  
  • Central Okanagan Wrestling Association  
  • Centre Culturel Francophone de l’Okanagan  
  • Chamber Music Kelowna Society 
  • Kelowna Community Music School  
  • Kelowna Curling Club 
  • Kelowna Skating Club  
  • Kelowna Speed Skating Club  
  • Kelowna Visual Performing Arts Centre Society  
  • New Vintage Theatre Society  
  • Okanagan Artists Alternative Association  
  • Okanagan Athletics Club  
  • Okanagan Gymnastics Centre Society 
  • Okanagan Mainline Football Society 
  • Okanagan Mission Hall Association  
  • Opera Kelowna 
Rental housing

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 our Developer incentives page.

Sport & event

We offer six categories of sport & event grants. Categories include:

  • Community Sport Delivery Grant
  • Sport Education Grant
  • Event Hosting Program
  • Major Events Program
  • Athletic Excellence Grant
  • Organizational Development Grant

Visit our Sports & event grants page for more information.

Strong Neighbourhood

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: Neighbourhood Grant and Youth Development and Engagement Grant.