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Arts and Culture Grants: General Operating Grant

Grants to British Columbia Arts, Culture, and Heritage
Nonprofits to Enhance the Quality of Life for Kelowna Residents

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City of Kelowna

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Deadline Date:

11/29/19 3:00 PM PST - Receipt


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Grants to British Columbia arts, culture, and heritage nonprofit organizations to improve the quality of life for Kelowna residents. Funding is intended for operational support to improve the work of organizations that have a positive impact on the community. Grants are offered to recipients who demonstrate vision, accountability and a spirit of community service in their operations.

The current objectives for this program include:

Cultural vitality:

  • Foster cultural leadership and artistic excellence
  • Integrate local heritage as part of cultural vitality
  • Enhance cultural vitality at street level: make arts, culture and heritage more visible, particularly in urban centres, neighbourhoods and public spaces
  • Increase the number of people who attend and participate in arts, culture and heritage offerings
  • Build cultural citizenship and creative fitness: encourage individual expression and participation in arts, culture and heritage activity; youth engagement and arts education; outreach and creativity to reduce barriers to individual expression and participation.

Strengthen the cultural ecosystem:

  • Capitalize on culture for tourism and the economy: activities and programs which promote and raise the cultural profile of Kelowna for both residents and visitors; contributing to a robust and dynamic creative economy through professional development and remunerated activity of artists and cultural workers;
  • Connect the cultural community; use a collaborative approach to reach across disciplines and sectors to enhance operational effectiveness and delivery of impactful programs in the community.

Eligible activities and expenses include Core operating activities and expenses that are used to support the organization’s operational sustainability and enable the development and delivery of programs and services in the community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163463

Term of Contract:

Support is provided on an annual basis.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

Pre-proposal Conference:

An information workshop is offered on October 1 at 1:30 PM and October 2 at 4:30 PM.

Come learn valuable information about the programs, some tips and tricks to ensuring your application is at its best and talk with Cultural Services about your eligibility. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

The content is the same on both days. Please register for the date that works best for you.


Pre-Application Information:

The 2020 General Operating Grant Applications will be available starting Oct. 3 and due on November 29, 2019, at 3:00 PM PST.

Organizations considering submission of an application are encouraged to contact Christine McWillis for more information.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email applications to:
Christine McWillis, Cultural Service Manager
Phone: 250-470-0640

Or mail to:
City of Kelowna Cultural Services Branch
City Hall
1435 Water Street
Kelowna, BC V1Y 1J4

Grant Coverage Areas:

City of Kelowna

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia