Deadline looms for city cultural grant applications

Dec. 9 is the deadline for local cultural organizations to apply for funding from the city.

The deadline is fast approaching to apply for a City of Kelowna cultural grant.

The deadline for the annual grants, that  provide dozens of local cultural organizations up to $180,000 in funds to increase accessibility to arts and culture in the city, is Dec. 9.

“We encourage organizations to think creatively about their grant applications,” said Sandra Kochan, Kelowna’s cultural services manager.

“A project doesn’t have to be a show or festival. Last year, a grant was received for a GeoTagging event involving local artists. Grants can also be received for information pieces such as heritage brochures.”

The city offers funding opportunities for community non-profit organizations in three ways. Operating grants are available to arts, culture and heritage organizations incorporated for at least one year. Project grants are available for non-profit organizations planning an arts, culture or heritage project, festival or event in 2011. Community public art grants are available for eligible non-profit organizations to support public art projects featuring collaboration between community groups and artists.

Operating and project grant applications are reviewed by independent committees through the Central Okanagan Foundation, which will make its recommendations in early February.

Eligible non-profit organizations must submit their completed applications to the city’s Capri Centre office, located at 133-1835 Gordon Dr., by 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9.

Information, guidelines and Grant applications can be found at kelowna.ca/culture or by contacting the cultural services department at 250 469-8811.