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 2020 General Operating Grant Applications will be available starting Oct. 3 and due on November 29. For more information, please contact Christine McWillis 250-470-0640 or email

General Operating Grant Guidelines

     General Operating Grant Application


     General Operating Final Report Form
    2019 General Operating Grant Recipients

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 2020 Project Grant Application will be available starting Oct. 3 and due on November 29. For more information, please contact Christine McWillis 250-470-0640 or email

Project Grant Guidelines

Project Grant Application


Project Final Report Form

2019 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

Professional operating grants

Professional operating grants are here to provide consistent and reliable annual support to professional, established non-profit arts and cultural organizations which provide impactful, quality programs and services, demonstrate sustainable operations and contribute to the realization of the City’s cultural vision, principals and goals as outlined in the Cultural Plan. Funding assists these organizations with operational sustainability and enables them to develop and deliver their wonderful programs and services to the community.

Due to the nature of the eligibility criteria for this program, please contact the Cultural Services Manager for more information:
Christine McWillis

Professional Operating Guidelines