City launches grant program to support recovery and sustainability of local non-profits

February 16, 2021

Applications are open for the City’s new Recovery and Sustainability Grant Program, a one-time funding initiative to support non-profit organizations in the sport, event, and cultural sectors who continue to be significantly impacted by lost earned revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We recognize that ongoing measures and restrictions as a result of COVID-19 continue to impact many of our local non-profit organizations through lost ticket sales, cancelled events, festivals and even full sports seasons,” said Jim Gabriel, Divisional Director of Active Living and Culture. "Providing this opportunity to help sustain and reinvigorate the arts, sport and event sectors will only benefit our community in the long run as we work toward economic recovery.” 

In 2018, Kelowna’s creative sector alone contributed over $339 million to the economy, employing over 3,000 people. For some organizations, the reality of closures and cancelled seasons have created excessive strain on the future viability of the organization. The Recovery and Sustainability grant program is intended to assist with recovery through guided sustainability planning and assistance in adapting to current circumstances.

Upon selection into the program, organizations will engage in a consultant-led process to develop a Recovery and Future Sustainability Plan. Upon completion of the program and associated plan, organizations will be awarded funding to support implementation. Funding varies between $5,000 and $10,000 and eligible organizations are encouraged to apply by the program submission deadline on March 15, 2021.

For more information about the Recovery and Sustainability Funding Program, visit kelowna.ca/grants.