COCGA to host grant writing workshop

KELOWNA - The Central Okanagan Charitable Gaming Association is conducting a grant writing workshop for community groups, organizations and charities from the Central Okanagan and Kootenay region, particularly in reference to the BC provincial community gaming grant program.

The current “community grant intake” periods affect Arts and Culture, and Sport.  These grant intake periods close May 31, 2014.

The workshop takes place on Saturday April 5 in the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce boardroom in Kelowna at 544 Harvey. The workshop begins at 8:30 a.m., ending at noon.  If sign-ups are high, a second workshop will be booked for the afternoon.  The workshop facilitator will go through the Gaming grant application process, for both first-time applicants, and returning applicants.

The workshop format assists organizations, working directly with not-for-profits who have questions about gaming grant applications, the “short form”, appeals and other parts of the gaming grant process.  The sessions cost $10 for the first attendee from an organization and $5 per person for any additional staff or directors/volunteers.  Refreshments will be available.

The workshop will focus on how to write successful applications for the BC Community Gaming Grants program and its upcoming intakes for all grant areas, especially arts and culture, and sports.  It will also touch on other intake groups, including environment, human and social services, PACs, DPACs and service clubs.  The session will provide grant writing basics which can be applied to other funding program applications.

Community groups and organizations planning on attending are encouraged to bring along applications in progress, or previously completed submissions to receive feedback on how to improve their grant writing techniques.

RSVP is required before April 3rd, by emailing, or calling Caroline Miller at 250-469-7358.  Please include in your RSVP that you are confirming your attendance for the grant writing workshop. Please specify how many people from your organization are attending, and their names, with email, if possible.  Each will be asked to pay cash at the door; exact change is appreciated. Tax receipts are available.

Presenters will include Caroline Miller from the Central Okanagan Charitable Gaming Association.  For more information about this workshop, please contact COCGA workshop coordinator, Caroline Miller at or call 250-469-7358.


The COCGA is a not-for-profit organization with over one hundred members in the Central Okanagan.  Our mission is to create awareness about the B.C. Community Gaming Grant program and offer support to community groups in the Okanagan region and the Kootenays who are applying to the program.

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