City of Kelowna
Grants of up to $1,000 to Kelowna, British Columbia resident groups to enhance the quality of life in local neighborhoods. This program supports resident-led projects that enable communities to take action to improve their neighborhoods. Through working with other residents, neighbors will build relationships, gain a greater sense of neighborhood pride, and provide resources to address each neighborhood’s unique interests and needs.
Community & Neighbourhood Services delivers a broad spectrum of sport, recreation and cultural programs throughout the community. They provide a wide range of multi-age programming for individuals of all abilities and social-economic levels that promote active lifestyles and neighborhood connectivity.
The guiding principles for the Strong Neighbourhood Program are as follows:
-A resilient/vibrant community is made up of strong neighborhoods
-Strong neighborhoods contribute to citizen level of attachment
-Connection and engagement are contributing elements to citizen level of attachment
-Citizen attachment is cultivated not only by what the City provides, but also how citizens themselves contribute to the community and their neighborhood environment
-It takes citizens that are inspired, involved and empowered to create strong neighborhoods.
-Strong neighborhoods are places where people are connected and engaged
This program supports the:
-City Mission of leading the development of a safe, vibrant and sustainable city
-Corporate Plan of engaging communities
-Council Focus of ensuring healthy, safe, active & inclusive community
The focus of the Strong Neighbourhoods Program is on fostering connection and engagement at the neighborhood level. One of the best practices in this area is the establishment of grant programs that empower residents. Through matching grants of up to $1,000, the City of Kelowna’s Neighbourhood Grant supports locally driven projects that are planned, implemented and managed by and for the neighborhood.
The purpose of the Neighbourhood grant is to:
-Inspire residents to connect with their neighbors
-Stimulate resident initiated neighborhood enhancement projects
-Harness local experience and expertise in neighborhood based initiatives
-Encourage resident involvement in making their neighborhoods even better places to live
-Promote neighborhood based solutions to everyday concerns
The desired outcomes of the Neighbourhood Grant are as follows:
-Residents will contribute their time and expertise to support neighborhood-based projects
-Residents will be actively involved in making their neighborhoods even better places to live
-Residents’ attachment to the community will be deepened and strengthened
For the purposes of the Neighbourhood Grant, Neighbourhood refers to the immediate area that surrounds someone’s residence, as defined by each individual.
The overarching goal of the Neighbourhood Grant is to deepen and strengthen attachment to the community. In a 2014 community survey, residents of Kelowna indicated that there are five key areas that enhance neighborhood attachment and these are the core focus of the program. The following table lists these focus areas and what this program is looking for in each category. Your project does not need to support all areas but must support a minimum of one focus area.
-Aesthetics: Enhance the physical appearance, character, or natural environment in your neighborhood.
-Leadership: Encourage/involve multiple neighbors to participate in planning and/or implementing the project.
-Safety: Enhance safety, especially traffic, bike, and pedestrian safety (for example: creating a walking school bus plan).
-Social Offerings: Provide opportunities for neighbors to gather and have fun.
-Relationships: Create opportunities for neighbors to connect, especially neighbors that are new or haven't interacted in the past.
Acceptable funding uses include:
-Equipment, materials and other items that will not revert back to private ownership
-Contract services from outside the neighborhood, e.g., master gardener, journeyman carpenter or artist. These services are only fundable if there is no individual within the neighborhood willing or able to donate the necessary expertise
-Promotional material and translation services
-Food costs, to a maximum of $10 per person
Project teams will be connected to a Neighbourhood Development Coordinator who will provide support and guidance in:
-Developing the project concept
-Establishing the project plan
-Implementing the project
-Evaluating the project impact
Examples of neighborhood grant projects/initiatives include:
-Little free library and pantry
-Interpretative nature signage
GrantWatch ID#: 179846
Maximum grant amount is $1,000 per project/initiative.
For Summer grants, the implementation phase is May-September, and the project completion date is September 30.
For Fall grants, the implementation phase is August-December, and the project completion date is December 31.
For Winter grants, the implementation phase is January-April, and the project completion date is April 30.
Any group of three or more residents with an idea for a project or event that will enhance their neighborhood is eligible. Experience in organizing a project or event is not necessary; the Neighbourhood Development Coordinators are available to support you along the way.
In order to be eligible for a Neighbourhood Grant, an applicant must:
-Live within the City of Kelowna boundaries
-Live within the neighborhood of the proposed project
-Identify a working group including a minimum of two additional neighbors from separate households
Expenses that are not fundable include:
-Any item that will revert to private ownership
-Fundraising activities and/or donations
-Political or religious activities
-Any project in contravention of City bylaws
Grants require matching funds. Matching contribution can include cash, in-kind volunteer hours valued at current BC minimum wage rate, and/or donated materials and equipment
If you have questions after reviewing the guidelines, you can obtain more information from Community and Neighbourhood Services staff. Please contact staff well in advance of the deadline.
You may submit an application at any time for consideration. However, please note that funding is released three times per year.
-Application Deadline: First Friday in March
-Decision Announced: First Friday in April
-Implementation Phase: May - September
-Project Completion: September 30
-Application Deadline: First Friday in June
-Decision Announced: First Friday in July
-Implementation Phase: August - December
-Project Completion: December 31
-Application Deadline: First Friday in November
-Decision Announced: First Friday in December
-Implementation Phase: January - April
-Project Completion: April 30
Applicants will be notified of their application results within five weeks of the application intake deadline.
If all funds are not awarded during a grant cycle, applications received after the deadline which meet all other criteria will be considered on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply Online: https://www.kelowna.ca/our-community/strong-neighbourhoods/neighbourhood-grant/neighbourhood-grant-application
Submit required materials by the deadline to:
Strong Neighbourhoods Program
City of Kelowna Community and Neighbourhood Services Branch
Glenmore Office* #105 – 1014
Kelowna, BC V1Y 4P2
Canada: British Columbia