SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY

Since 1996

Since 1996, the Okanagan Fest of Ale Society has provided $577,660 in grants to local charitable organizations.

The Okanagan Fest of Ale Society accepts grant requests from registered not-for-profit and charitable organizations based in the *Regional District of the Okanagan Similakameen to assist with capital projects, new program initiatives and equipment needs. 2017 Grant applications will be accepted online June 1 – June 30th, with funds awarded annually by October 31st

• Geographically, the Regional District is bounded by Manning Park to the west, Peachland to the north, Anarchist Mountain to the east and the United States border to the south.

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Net proceeds from the event are gifted back to the community on an annual basis in the form of grants, bursaries and ongoing contributions to a Legacy Fund managed by the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan.

The Okanagan Fest of Ale Society is thrilled to be able to ‘give back’ to the community and as on October 2016 is proud to have dispersed $577,660 in cash since 1996.

The Okanagan Fest of Ale Society accepts grant requests from registered not-for-profit and charitable organizations based in the Regional District of the Okanagan Similkameen to assist with capital projects, new program initiatives and equipment needs. 2018 Grant applications will be accepted online June 1 – June 30th with funds awarded by October 31st.

Funds are dispersed in the fall of each year.

The Okanagan Fest of Ale Board of Directors review applications received and gift available funds based on community need, sustainability, impact and measurement of projects initiative and alignment with the Societies annual community priorities.

Many well deserving organizations have received funds over the years.
Check out our Event History page for listings of recipients by year.

The Society provides annual bursaries to the following Post Secondary Institutions:
Okanagan College Foundation, Penticton Secondary School, Princess Margaret Secondary School and Summerland Secondary School. In 2015 the Society, in partnership with the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan, established a Bursary to support post-secondary initiatives in the brewing industry.

The Legacy Fund, established in 2005, provides an opportunity for the Society to ‘give back’ to the community should the festival event ever cease to take place. The fund was established with the proceeds from the first 10 years of the event. While the event is still taking place that year’s interest is reinvested into the fund and, if net proceeds are available, additional monies are added to the legacy fund on an annual basis. This fund is managed by the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan.

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