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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:

10/01/18 3:30 PM - Project and Multi-Year Grants

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. Fields of interest include arts and culture, environment, heritage and history, animal welfare, health and community services, education, global initiatives, children, youth, and families.

The Foundation has two types of grants available to registered charities in the Central Okanagan: project and multi-year.

The COF's constitution states that application 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 Peachland in the south.

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 or 1 - 3 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Central Okanagan Foundation supports registered charities within the Central Okanagan including Lake Country, Kelowna, West Kelowna, and Peachland.

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 applicants are eligible for funding for the same project, twice in a five year period. Multi-year applicants are eligible for funding twice in a ten year period.

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-Application Information:

Deadlines:
- Project Grants: 3:30 pm on May 1st and October 1st
- Multi-Year Grants: 3:30 pm on May 1st

A registered charity can only apply once in a 12-month period. All previous granting decisions are taken into account when grant applications are reviewed.

The Foundation asks that registered charities interested in applying for a grant contact
Cheryl Miller, Director, Grants & Community Initiatives.

The review process takes 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.

Applications should be sent to:
Central Okanagan Foundation
#306-1726 Dolphin Ave.
Kelowna, BC V1Y 9R9

Applications should also be emailed to Cheryl Miller.

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

Grant Coverage Areas:

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

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia