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.
Congratulations to our 2020 Professional Operating, General Operating and Project Grantees!
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.
2020 General Operating Grant recipients are required to submit their Final Report form by November 2nd at 3 p.m.
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.
2020 Project Grant recipients are required to submit their Final Report form by November 2nd at 3p.m.
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.
Deadline: Open in-take for 2020
More information, including contact information, program guidelines and the screening tool is available on the main grants page.
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.
Deadline: Open in-take
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.
Deadline for 2020 Annual Reports: December 13, 3p.m. PST
We are presented with numerous opportunities to share the successes and stories of Kelowna's creative sector. This helps build support for arts, culture and heritage in our community. Therefore, a condition of the Cultural Grant funding is that all organizations will provide 3 high-quality, clear images that portray the programs and services they are offering to the community.
The images must be free of copyright from the photographer and have the signed or written permission of any identifiable person included in the picture for unlimited usage rights for us and your organization.
For more information, check out the Photo Submission Guidelines that includes waiver templates!