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

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 2018 General Operating Grant Application deadline is Friday Dec. 1 at 3:00pm.

2018 General Operating Grant - Guidelines
2018 General Operating Grant - Application Form 

2017 General Operating - Final Report Form
2017 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 2018 Project Grant Application deadline is Friday Dec. 1 at 3:00pm.

Email request for application to

2018 Project Grant - Guidelines
2017 Project Grant Recipients
2017 Project - Final Report Form

Organization development grants

This program aims to provide assistance to non-profit arts, culture and heritage 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 $10,000. 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.

Deadline: The 2017 deadline has past. For information on future opportunities, please contact City Staff listed below.
2017 Organization Development Guidelines
2017 application forms are available by contacting the following City staff:

Cultural Organizations:                                                       Sport and Event Organizations:
Caroline Ivey                                                                           Doug Nicholas
(250)469-8474                                                                        (250)469-8859                                                     

Social Service Organziations:
Mariko Siggers

Community art grants

Community Public 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. 
2017 Community Art Guidelines
For more information and a copy of the 2017 application form, please contact:
Caroline Ivey