Volunteer: Community grants benefit Kelowna residents

A total of $80,000 in Community Social Development Grants and $22,000 in Grants to Address the Sexual Exploitation of Youth are available from the City of Kelowna.

“Last year, all 16 organizations that applied received funding,” explained Cheryl Miller, grants manager for the Central Okanagan Foundation. “Grants ranged in size from $2,000 to $10,000.”

Registered non-profit organizations interested in applying are invited to attend an information session on Thursday, January 12 at 1 p.m. in the Pacific Safety Products Boardroom at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Ave.

Changes to the Official Community Plan affect content required in these grant applications. The information session will review program updates that could impact the application and evaluation process.

Current grant application forms are available on the City of Kelowna website, An advisory committee of six people reviews the applications and recommends funding.

Community Social Development Grants assist registered, non-profit societies and community organizations in the delivery of innovative, prevention-oriented programs designed to improve the quality of life for residents in Kelowna.

Grants to Address the Sexual Exploitation of Youth fund programs that directly address sexual exploitation issues for those under 19 years of age within the City of Kelowna.

Details about an organization’s grant request must be summarized within three pages. What is the need for this program? What community support exists and how will this program cooperate with agencies providing similar services? What are the measurable performance targets and dates for implementation?

The application must also describe the population to be served and outline other sources of funding being pursued.

For more information, contact Miller at or 250-861-6160.

Completed applications are due by 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, and should be dropped off at the Central Okanagan Foundation, 217-1889 Springfield Rd., Kelowna.

Dawn Wilkinson is the coordinator for the Community Information and Volunteer Centre. Go to to create your volunteer profile and find out about other volunteer opportunities in the Central Okanagan.

250-763-8008, ext 24


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