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Greater Vernon Arts, Culture and Youth Project Grant

Grants to British Columbia Nonprofits in Eligible Locations
for Cultural and Youth Events that Benefit the Local Community

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Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO)

Deadline Date:

09/30/21 4:00 PM


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Grants to British Columbia nonprofit organizations in eligible locations to present an event, festival, or project for the benefit of local residents. Funding is intended to support innovative and collaborative events open to the public that include youth-based, arts, or cultural elements. Funds must benefit Greater Vernon.

In order to be eligible for Project Grants, all festivals, events and projects must:

  • Be open and/or accessible to the public, and reach beyond the organization’s members and artists to the broader community;
  • Offer a unique experience not duplicated by other ongoing organizations and their activities;
  • Be a one-time or new initiative, or if existing, demonstrate expansion and growth (e.g. a trend of increase in audience, participation and/or activity);
  • Be supported by budgets which are distinct from regular operating budgets of the lead organization; and 
  • Prominently feature art, cultural and/or youth content.
  • Be conducted within the budget year for the funding awarded.
  • Be provided to Greater Vernon residents without exclusion to anyone by reason of religion, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, language, disability or income.

Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate innovation and collaboration across sectors and interests. 

This support acknowledges that:
  • New initiatives often need ‘seed money’ to get started and ongoing support to become established.
  • Community events build social connectedness and engagement.
  • Successful events and projects which include creative, cultural, or youth content can be initiated by individual or collaborative groups whose primary mandates may be unrelated to arts, culture, and youth.
  • The work of community organizations and the availability of arts, culture and youth activities, contributes to Greater Vernon’s quality of life, identity, and economy. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172776

Estimated Size of Grant:

Project Grant funds may be requested for up to 50% of the total cost of a project.

Term of Contract:

Funding is intended to support project expenses during the calendar year beginning January 1 of the following year (2022).

Specific projects can only receive project funding for two consecutive years and must demonstrate potential for growth to be eligible for a second year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations need not be from the arts, culture or youth sector. Project grants will only be awarded to organizations that meet all of the following criteria:
- Be a registered not-for-profit society that operates in Greater Vernon
- Have an independent, active governing body composed of volunteers (i.e. Board of Directors). Voting members of the Board of Directors of a Society receiving funds from RDNO may not concurrently hold a paid staff position with the society, and may not be paid for services to the society (excluding reimbursement for expenses)
- Be in good standing with the B.C. Registrar of Societies and must have operated for at least one fiscal year prior to the application deadline
- Be able to demonstrate financial stability, sound administration and the organizational capacity necessary to carry out the project
- Demonstrate a proven track record of public service and excellence in programming and cultural production
- Demonstrate strong community ties and relationships
- Adhere to the accountability requirements set out with the approval of any discretionary grant

Grants will not be awarded to:
- Individual(s)
- Political parties and advocacy groups
- Religious groups
- Educational Institutions
- Third parties raising funds solely for charity or their own purposes

An organization’s operating costs, including lease payments, staffing costs or other operating expenses, will not be eligible for funding within a Project Grant.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: September 30, 2021 at 4:00pm.

Eligible organizations will have the opportunity to apply for project funds annually.

Contact Information:

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

To apply online:

Regional District of North Okanagan
9848 Aberdeen Road
Coldstream, BC V1B 2K9

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Canada: British Columbia: Greater Vernon;

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