Foundation Grants

Announcing our 2024 Foundation grant recipients!

Agur Lake Camp Society – Campground Assistant

Autism Okanagan – Penticton Youth and Adult Program (YAP) for People with Autism

B.C. Wildlife Federation – South Okanagan Wetland Restoration

Cawston Primary School PAC – Subsidized Lunch Program

Columbia Elementary PAC – Hot Lunch Equality Fund

Desert Sun Counseling and Resource Centre – Cindy Taylor Safe Home (multi-year grant: year 2 of 3)

Dragonfly Pond Family Society – Family Get Together

Inclusive Community Garden Society – Community Garden Greenhouse Completion Project

Incredible Edible Penticton – Raised garden bed replacement

Kaleden Community Association – Making Pioneer Park More Accessible

Keremeos Senior Center Society – Equipment and Security Upgrades

Lower Similkameen Community Services Society – Similkameen Starfish Pack

NeighbourLink Summerland – Christmas Senior Care Packages Program

Oasis United Church – Food Cupboard 

Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance – Meadowlark Nature Festival

Oliver Senior Centre Society – Safety and Security Upgrades

OneSky Community Resources – Operating Support for Aging Well Penticton

Osoyoos & District Arts Council – Portable sound equipment for public concerts

Osoyoos Seniors Centre Association – Technology upgrade: multi function printer

Penticton Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts – Operating and Bursary Support

Penticton and Area Access Centre – Triage Receptionist

Penticton Art Gallery – Gifts of Madness: community-wide arts project focused on mental health

Penticton Recovery Resource Society – Discovery House (multi-year grant: year 3 of 3)

Penticton Soupateria Society – Meals Program

Princess Margaret Secondary School – Maggie’s Lunch Program

Princeton & District Community Services Society – Princeton Meals on Wheels

Ryga Festival Society – Marketing and Communications Support

South Okanagan Loss Society – Families Living With Loss Program

South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWINS) – Survive to Thrive EXPLORE Program

Summerland Food Bank & Resource Centre Society – Seed to Feed Program

Summerland Singers and Players Society – Marketing, outreach and promotion support

TFL Technology for Living – Technology for Independent Living Program

The Canadian Red Cross Society: South Okanagan HELP Service – Replacement Bed Rail Assists

Trout Lake Elementary School – Breakfast Program

Vermilion Forks Elementary School – Vermilion Forks Breakfast Club

Vermilion Forks Metis Association – Metis Threads & Traditions

General Information

Who can apply for a Foundation grant?

We will consider funding projects, programs and activities of not-for-profit and charitable organizations which align with the charitable aims of the Foundation. The applicant’s project, program or activity must also demonstrate a fit with our funding guidelines and priorities. Please see our 2024 Foundation grant funding guidelines or contact for more information.

If you’re an individual hoping to host a neighbourhood event or fund a small local project, please consider applying for a neighbourhood small grant here. The next application cycle for the Neighbourhood Small Grant program will take place in Spring 2024.

What’s the timeline?

Foundation grants are made annually. The chart below details the typical timeline for a Foundation grant cycle:

Mid-August Mid-October October – November
End of November/early December
Early January
Application cycle begins. Application cycle ends. All applications must be received by 5pm on due date.Grants Committee reviews applications and make recommendations.Community Impact Committee & Board of Directors receive and approve grant recommendations. Applicants are notified.Grant payments can be made to successful applicants.

Planning Documents

Read through the 2024 Funding Guidelines here:

Read a copy of the 2024 grant application questions below:

View examples of project summaries here:

Frequently Asked Questions

How are grant decisions made?

Are faith-based projects eligible for funding?

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