The City of Kelowna is handing out $80,000 in grants to 10 local social development agencies to help them pay for programs this year and another $22,000 to two groups for their efforts to fight the sexual exploitation of youth in the city.
Based on the recommendations of the Central Okanagan Foundation, which vets the annual applications for both grants, city council approved the 2014 dispersion earlier this week.
This year there were 14 requests for community social development grants totalling $143,525 and two applicants that sought grants to address the sexual exploitation of youth.
The community social development grants went to:
• Canadian Red Cross—$10,000 for its Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP).
• Church Serve Canada, operating as Hands In Service—$8,250 to expand its Living Salads program to bring community gardening to mobility and health-challenged individuals.
• Food For Thought Kelowna Breakfast Society—$7,825 to increase the number of schools where the program exists to 21 from 13.
• Inn From The Cold—$10,000 to train volunteers.
• Kelowna Community Food Bank—$3,000 to buy an industrial-sized freezer.
• Kelowna Family Services Centre—$5,000 for a new photocopier.
• Okanagan Fruit Tree Project—$10,000 to enhance an existing program that works with non-profit-group and for the Cool Arts program.
• Project Literacy Kelowna Society—$10,000 for one-on-one adult tutoring and online resources.
Grants to address the sexual exploitation of youth went to:
• Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society—$10,000 for its CEASE (Community Education And Sexual Exploitation) program.
• New Opportunities For Women—$12,000 for a continuous intake program with the goal of abstention from drugs and alcohol.