Grants

Arts & culture grants

The City of Kelowna offers 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 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, Director, Grants & Community Initiatives at the Central Okanagan Foundation 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.

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.

Heritage Grants Program - Information Session
Is your home on Kelowna Heritage Register?  Are you considering an exterior conservation project or need help with exterior maintenance on your heritage building?

Please join us for this free public information session on the Heritage Grants Program.

Thursday, March 9, 2017
6:30pm - 8:00pm
2279 Benvoulin Road (Reid Hall)

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.