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Central Okanagan Foundation (COF) Grants

Grants to Central Okanagan, British Columbia Nonprofits for
Arts, Environment, Health, Community Services, and Youth

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Central Okanagan Foundation (COF)

Deadline Date:

10/01/17 3:30 PM - Project Grants only

Description:

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Grants of up to $15,000 to Central Okanagan, British Columbia nonprofit organizations to benefit local communities in a broad range of areas. Applicants are asked to contact program staff prior to applying. Fields of interest include arts and culture, environment, heritage and history, animal welfare, health and community services, education, global initiatives, children, youth, and families.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152876

Estimated Size of Grant:

Project Grant requests can be for up to $15,000 for up to 12 months.

Multi-Year Grant requests can be for up to $15,000 / year for two or three years.

Term of Contract:

Project Grants are for up to 12 months.

Multi-Year Grants are 1 - 3 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Central Okanagan Foundation supports registered charities within the Central Okanagan Region. This encompasses the District of Lake Country, City of Kelowna, City of West Kelowna, and District of Peachland.

The COF’s constitution states that applications where the project occurs within the present boundaries of School District #23 are given first priority. These boundaries are roughly from Lake Country in the north through to Peachland in the south.

Only organizations that hold a current Revenue Canada Registration # are eligible for COF grants. If the organization applying is not a registered charity, an Intermediary Agency Agreement with a registered charity, MUST be included in the grant application package. For the agreement template, please contact COF granting staff.

Please Note: Multi-Year Grant applicants MUST BE registered charities.

Project Grants:

The COF will not award more than one grant application from an organization in a twelve month period.

Requests for the following are deemed to be ineligible:
-An organization’s core or operating expense including an annual event or performance
-Ongoing/annual contractor’s fees
-Retroactive funding
-Debt retirement, reserves and mortgage pay-downs
-Activities of a religious organization that primarily serves their membership and / or for direct religious purposes
-School construction, including playground equipment
-Annual fund drives
-Third party funding
-Improvements or additions to land or property which might revert to private ownership

Multi-Year Operational Grants:

The COF will not accept a grant application from an organization currently holding COF funds, whether project or multi-year. Multi-year applications will not be accepted from organizations who need an intermediary agency.

Requests for the following are deemed to be ineligible:
-Retroactive funding
-Debt retirement, reserves and mortgage pay-downs
-Activities of religious organizations that primarily serves their membership and / or for direct religious purposes
-School construction, including playground equipment
-Annual fund drives
-Third party funding
-Improvements or additions to land or property which might revert to private ownership.

Operational funding is eligible for Multi-year Grants only. Operational funding refers to expenses associated with administering a business on a day-to-day basis. Operating costs included both fixed and variable costs.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Organizations seeking application assistance may attend the Grant Information Workshop scheduled for Thursday, March 23, 2017, 1:30 PM at the Rotary Centre for the Arts - 2nd floor Boardroom.

Pre-Application Information:

Registered charities interested in applying are asked to contact Cheryl Miller (see contact details below) prior to applying.

Deadlines:
-Project Grants: May 1 and October 1
-Multi-Year Grants: May 1

Application deadlines are moved to 3:30 pm on the closest working day after May 1 or October 1, if either of these days falls on a weekend.

The review process is approximately 2.5 months.

Contact Information:

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

To register for the information session, contact:

Joanne Carey, Coordinator of Grants & Community Initiatives
joanne@centralokanaganfoundation.org

For other inquiries, contact:

Cheryl Miller, Director, Grants & Community Initiatives
250-861-6160
Cheryl@centralokanaganfoundation.org

Central Okanagan Foundation
#306-1726 Dolphin Ave.
Kelowna, BC
V1Y 9R9

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia

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