To participate in this program, the organization must:
- Be a registered non‐profit society or a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and be registered for at least one (1) year at the time of the application deadline;
- Be physically located, have an active presence and have the majority of its programs and services delivered within the City of Kelowna for at least one (1) year at the time of the application deadline;
- Have a mandate and carry out activities which are consistent with the vision, principles, goals and objectives of this program;
- Be committed to providing arts, culture or heritage opportunities to Kelowna residents without exclusion of anyone by reason of religion, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, language, disability or income;
- Have fulfilled all reporting requirements for any previous grants from the City of Kelowna;
- Have an independent Board of Directors composed of volunteers and representative of its mission and audience. Directors must meet the minimum statutory requirements imposed by the relevant incorporation statute (i.e. BC Societies Act); and not be remunerated for their services as Director (except for reimbursement of reasonable expenses) nor hold concurrent staff positions.
- Provide a current year operating budget and prepared financial statements for the most recently completed fiscal year;
- Demonstrate financial support from private and public sector sources other than the City of Kelowna.
Eligible organizations should demonstrate an inclusive, diverse and welcoming approach in their operations and activities. They have sound governance and are fiscally responsible, with diverse sources of revenue and
good record-keeping practices. They can demonstrate a need for financial support, and if they have a surplus or reserve, they have a plan for how that surplus or reserve will be used to improve their service to the community.
They offer programming and/or services throughout the year.
For information about ineligible organizations, see:
Ineligible activities and expenses:
- Fundraising activities
- Projects that already receive financial or in kind support (including site provision) from other City of Kelowna sources
- Retroactive funding for initiatives which have already occurred
- Deficit reduction
- Bursaries or scholarships
- Activities focused on politics, education, religion, or advocacy
- Acquisition of real property
- Development of capital proposals or feasibility studies
- Activities focused on attracting a limited or special interest audience