Kelowna hands out grant money

City grant dollars were divvied up and directed to 13 local organizations Monday, but a few regulars were left off the list.

City grant dollars were divvied up and directed to 13 local organizations Monday, but a few regulars were left off the list.

The Kelowna Community Foodbank notably didn’t earn a recommendation to get the $10,500 it requested to run its Tiny Bundles program, said Cheryl Miller from the Central Okanagan Foundation.

“This funding is not intended to be permanent,” she said, explaining the foundation has often funded the food bank program, which gives weekly food hampers, as well as   baby supplies to vulnerable young families.

It’s a methodology Coun. Robert Hobson questioned the rational of, pointing out offering cash to start a needed program and then cutting it off arbitrarily seemed unusual.

“It punishes organizations that have started a long-running program,” he said, adding he would like to know what happens to the people who have come to rely on services when they’re no longer funded.

Although the food bank seemed to lose out based on its continual dependence, Miller said the bulk of those who didn’t fare well in their attempt to get grants didn’t write their applications well enough.

“Some just cut-and-paste…you can tell (the application) has been used year after year,” she said.

A diverse group of others, however, jumped through the right hoops and received a bounty of city cash.

The Gospel Mission, for example, will receive $20,000 to buy a new van for their food program.

The Kelowna Community Development Society was granted $8,500 to establish an Elder Day Care program while the YMCA-YWCA was granted $10,000 to develop a program aimed at preventing violence while exploring personal identity achievements and building self-esteem.

The total of Community Social Development grants requested was  $125,596, while there was only $88,000 available. In the end they only had funding recommendations amounting to $49,300.

Sexual Exploitation of Youth grant requests amounted to $32,000 while there was only $22,000 to divvy up.

In the end, there were recommendations for all $22,000.

Kelowna Capital News