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Grants to British Columbia Registered Charities
to Benefit the Local Community

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Central Okanagan Foundation (COF)

Deadline Date:

10/01/20 3:30 PM


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Grants of up to $15,000 to British Columbia registered charities for projects that enhance the quality of life in an eligible region. Applicants must make contact before applying. Funding is intended to support community needs in the focus areas of: animal welfare; arts and culture; children, youth and family; education; environment; health and community services; heritage and historical; and global initiatives (must have local involvement or benefits). Projects must be in the Central Okanagan region, but priority will be given to activities within School District #23 boundaries.

Key Goals of the Project Grant Program:

  • To support new and special initiatives/projects and support the enhancement of current programs.
  • To support organizations with sound fiscal management and diversified sources of revenue.

The Central Okanagan Foundation encourages applicants to locate other funding sources. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152876

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $15,000

Term of Contract:

Up to 12 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-Applicant is a charity with a current Revenue Canada Charitable Registration number (BIN – Business Identification Number).
-If not a registered charity, an intermediary is required. The intermediary must share similar values/purposes as the charity. (A library would not be an acceptable intermediary for a little league baseball team.)
-Funding is available twice in a five year period for the same initiative/project or program enhancement.

Not eligible:
-An organization’s core or operating expenses, i.e. an annual event or performance
-Ongoing / annual contractor’s fees
-Retroactive funding (Activities begun before monies would be received are not eligible.)
-Debt retirement, reserves and mortgage pay-downs
-Activities of religious organizations that serve primarily their membership and / or for direct religious purposes
-School construction (including playground equipment)
-Annual fund drives
-Requests for improvements/additions to land, or property, which might revert to private ownership

Pre-proposal Conference:

2020 Grant Information Session- Cancelled

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: May 1, 3:30 PM, or the closest working day after the 1st, if the 1st falls on a weekend.
Review and Adjudication: May-June
Notification: End of June

Deadline: October 1, 2020, or the closest working day after the 1st, if the 1st falls on a weekend.
Review and Adjudication: Oct-Nov
Notification: End of November

All organizations will be notified of the status of their application when Board approval is received, approximately six to eight weeks after the grant application deadline.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Cheryl Miller, Director, Grants & Community Initiatives, to discuss applications prior to submissions.

The Central Okanagan Foundation will continue with the spring 2020 granting cycle. It may be a challenge describing timelines and activities, Given the ongoing spread of COVID-19, and it is recommended that your budget reflects the resources required to deliver your project.

Information on previous grants:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please contact Cheryl Miller, Director of Grants & Community Initiatives if you are considering applying for a fall 2020 grant.

To start your application please visit:

Cheryl Miller, Director, Grants & Community Initiatives

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306 1726 Dolphin Avenue
Kelowna, BC V1Y 9R9

Grant Coverage Areas:

Central Okanagan including Lake Country, Kelowna, West Kelowna, and Peachland

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia;

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