Arts & Culture Grants

We offer four categories of arts and culture grants to non-profit organizations, each year. The purpose of these grants is to enrich the art, culture and heritage experience for Kelowna residents. These grants are awarded on an annual basis and organizations may apply for grants under more than one category in the same calendar year. Eligible organizations must be incorporated as a non-profit society and operate primarily in Kelowna.

General operating grants

General Operating grants are available to arts, culture and heritage organizations that carry out the majority of their work in Kelowna. These grants support the operations of the organization, but are not to be used for startup, events, or capital projects. This grant acknowledges the work these organizations do and how they positively contribute to Kelowna's quality of life, identity and economy. Grants are extended to recipients who demonstrate vision, accountability and a spirit of community service in their operations.

The 2019 General Operating Grant Applications will be available starting Oct. 11 and due on November 30. For more information, please contact Christine McWillis 250-470-0640 or email cmcwillis@kelowna.ca

General Operating Grant Guidelines

     General Operating Grant Application

 

     General Operating Final Report Form
   
     2018 General Operating Grant Recipient

Project grants

Project grants are available to community organizations, which provide a festival, event or project that feature arts, culture and/or heritage for the benefit of Kelowna residents. Eligible organizations are not required to be from the arts, culture or heritage sector.
All festivals, events and projects must be accessible to the public, offer a unique experience, and prominently feature arts, culture or heritage content. Funding is provided for up to a maximum of three years on a matching 50/50 basis.

The 2019 Project Grant Application will be available starting Oct. 11 and due on November 30. For more information, please contact Christine McWillis 250-470-0640 or email cmcwillis@kelowna.ca

Project Grant Guidelines

Project Grant Application

 

Project Final Report Form

2018 Project Grant Recipients

Organization development grants

Organization Development Grants aim to provide assistance to non-profit organizations for the purpose of undertaking activities or initiatives that will develop the organization’s capacity and sustainability. Funding is used to pay for consulting services or for tuition in reputable programs. Organization Development grants are a type of project grant, and are available for up to 50% of the total project cost, to a maximum of $5,000. Matching contributions may be cash or in kind. Two or more organizations may partner on an organization development project and undertake joint planning or training.

Due to the nature of the program, 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.

More information, including contact information, program guidelines and the screening tool is available on the main grants page.

Community art grants

Community Art is a collaborative, collective creative process between a professional artist and the community. It encourages the creation of publicly accessible artworks, fosters community pride, identity and reflects the diversity of the community. One or more projects will be considered each year based on the applications received and reviewed by the Public Art Committee. Funding is provided on a matching 50/50 basis. The City welcomes proposals for projects using either traditional or new art practices. 

Open Intake: applications may be submitted at any time. 
 
Community Art Guidelines

Community Art Application

For more information, please contact:
Christine McWillis
250-470-0640
cmcwillis@kelowna.ca