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.

New Online Grant Platform

We are launching our new Online Grant Platform on SurveyMonkey Apply.  Some programs are currently available on our platform, and others are on their way!


We know these transitions can be challenging. We’ve ensured that there are plenty of resources available to support you in navigating our new online system. Check out the FAQs below directly from SurveyMonkey Apply to steer through the challenges you may be facing.

SurveyMonkey Apply FAQs

General Account FAQ 

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

Managing Your Organization 

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

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
  • … and more

Getting additional support 

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

We want to make sure that you are successful in using our new grant portal. If you are still having difficulty navigating the site or can not find the answer to your question, please reach out to your program staff directly. 

Art, Culture and Heritage
Festival and Event
Organization Development
Social Development





Grant Programs
Arts & culture

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. 

Community social development

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 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

Event hosting

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

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 events’ health and sustainability so they 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                                                                        Brad Duquette
Event Development Supervisor                                     Sport Development Coordinator
250-469-8780                                                                        250-469-8696                                            


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.


Major events

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

Organization development

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

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.

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 Sports & event grants 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: the Neighbourhood Grant and the Youth Development and Engagement Grant.