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 2018 General Operating Grant Application has passed. For more information, please contact Christine McWillis (250) 470-0640 or email

General Operating Grant Guidelines
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 2018 Project Grant Application deadline has passed. For more information, please contact Christine McWillis (250) 470-0640 or email

Project Grant Guidelines

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.

Organizations considering submission of an application are encouraged to do the following:

  • Review the Organization Development Grant Guidelines
  • Contact City staff for more information
  • Complete the initial screening tool
  • Request an application form from City staff
  • A Final Report and Evaluation Form is due 60 days after project completion

Cultural Organizations:                                                      Sport and Event Organizations:
Christine McWillis                                                                 Doug Nicholas
(250)470-0640                                                                        (250)469-8859                                             

Social Service Organziations:
Mariko Siggers

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