The City of Kelowna and Central Okanagan Foundation will continue a program designed to strengthen neighbourhoods.
The Neighbourhood Grant program started in 2015 as part of the city’s Strong Neighbourhoods Program.
Under the agreement with the COF, the foundation will continue to provide up to $15,000 annually for projects “planned, implemented and managed by, and for the neighbourhood.”
Community development co-ordinator Tanya Sletten told council the program has been successful in bringing neighbours together. She says since its inception, 44 grant projects have connected about 4,600 residents.
She added 93 per cent of residents surveyed indicated they got to know their neighbours better as a result of the program.
The program provides matching funds to support locally driven projects.
“Thirty-six thousand dollars has been funded toward neighbourhood enhancement projects, and $56,000 worth of in-kind goods, services and cash has been contributed by the residents,” said Sletten.
“Previously, we awarded up to $1,000 in matching grant funds to support resident groups, however, as some projects require permits and insurance, this is limited to the amount of dollars needed to develop the project. We are proposing an increase of up to $1,500 per project to make projects more feasible.”
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