Central Okanagan Foundation 'granted' another year to dole out city money

The Central Okanagan Foundation will continue to administer the city's grants for community social development organizations, programs to stop the sexual exploitation of youth and emergencies in 2014.

City council approved a new one-year agreement with the COF Monday, extending a partnership that has been ongoing since 2005. Nine years ago, the city signed it's first agreement with the foundation to have it administer the grants on behalf of the city and to vet the applications that come in each year. That agreement had not been updated until now.

The city annually provides $80,000 to non-profit organizations and community groups that offer socially beneficial services and programs in Kelowna. Another $22,000 is provided annually to non-profit groups working to eliminate the sexual exploitation of youth here and a further $5,000 is set aside for emergency grants to help non-profit groups get through tough financial times.

There are strict guideline requirement for applicants for all three types of grants and not all applications are accepted each year.

In her report to council, Michelle Kam, the city's sustainability coordinator, said the city will pay the foundation $15,000 to administer the grants this year.

Council was told Monday, over the next 12 months, city staff plan to review grant program.



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