The City of Kelowna is making a one-time grant available to a select number of non-profit organizations within the cultural, sport and event sectors who have been impacted hard by COVID-19.
Applications are now being accepted for the Recovery and Sustainability Grant program. The application deadline in March 15.
City council earmarked $100,000 for the program during budget deliberations in December.
The money will help those organizations who continue to feel the impact of of lost revenue due to health restrictions put in place by the provincial health office.
Organizations that operate their own facilities will be eligible for $10,000 grant while those who rent facilities will be eligible for $5,000.
“We recognize that ongoing measures and restrictions as a result of COVID-19 continue to impact many of our local non-profit organizations through lost ticket sales, cancelled events, festivals and even full sports seasons,” said Jim Gabriel, divisional director of active living and culture.
“Providing this opportunity to help sustain and reinvigorate the arts, sport and event sectors will only benefit our community in the long run as we work toward economic recovery.”
While the funding will help, Gabriel says he recognizes the need is “bigger than this.”
Since restrictions have been in place, Gabriel says the city has worked hard to stay in touch with non-profit organizations, especially those operating in city-owned facilities.
The non-profit and creative sector is important to the economic fabric of the city, contributing more than $339 million to the economy and employing better than 3,000 people in 2018 alone.
For some, Gabriel says, the reality of closures and cancelled seasons have created excessive strain on their future viability.
“The (grant) program is intended to assist with recovery through guided sustainability planning and assistance in adapting to current circumstances.”
Organizations accepted into the program will engage in a consultant-led process to develop a future recovery and sustainability plan.
Upon completion, they will be awarded funding to support implementation.
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