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Grants to Oklahoma Nonprofits and Agencies for Arts, Health,
and Literacy Programs in Eligible Rural Communities

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Oklahoma City Community Foundation - Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation

Conf. Date:

12/08/21

Deadline Date:

02/01/22 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $10,000 and grants of up to $15,000 to Oklahoma nonprofit organizations and government entities for projects that benefit rural communities in eligible counties. Applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Projects must impact the community in the areas of arts, culture, and history, libraries and literacy, and health.

Projects must provide services in communities with a population of less than 6,000 (as of the 2016 U.S. Census) within one of the following counties: Adair, Atoka, Bryan, Cherokee, Choctaw, Coal, Haskell, Johnston, Latimer, McCurtain, McIntosh, Okfuskee, and Pushmataha. (Note: Organizations located outside the designated counties will be considered for funding if services occur in one or more of these counties or communities within them.)

The project should be new or an expansion of a current effort that will positively impact the community in the areas of 1) Arts/Culture/History, 2) Libraries/Literacy or 3) Health. The project should directly and/or indirectly benefit a broad range of individuals in the community. Below are examples of eligible projects in each of the areas of interest:

Arts/Culture/History

  • Programming that fosters interaction among community members, arts organizations and/or artists; or that activates existing cultural and/or historical community assets.
  • Public art and creative projects that allow for community member participation.
  • Artist residencies that provide educational programming to community citizens for the benefit of the broader community.
  • Festivals, events and performances that generate community participation.
  • Projects designed to enhance and preserve a community’s culture and heritage through public exhibitions, educational programming and historic preservation planning.

Libraries/Literacy

  • Activities that seek to strengthen the role of rural libraries as a community resource and public knowledge center.
  • Programming designed to improve access to libraries and other literacy services for rural citizens including underserved populations such as citizens with disabilities and non-English speaking learners.
  • Projects designed to improve literacy skills including basic reading, writing, math, GED preparation, health and workplace literacy.
  • Programs that promote early literacy and reading activities to families, parents and child care providers.

Health

  • Programs designed to increase direct community access to basic and preventive health care, including mental health and dental services.
  • Projects that promote healthy behaviors and empower citizens to improve and better manage their health.
  • Preventive health education programs and screenings.
  • Wellness activities that promote healthy lifestyle choices, physical activity and good nutrition.

* Please note that requests for equipment and construction will be given lower priority unless integral to the project’s success. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 141232

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $10,000 will be considered to qualified nonprofit organizations or entities of state and local government for projects serving one of the identified eligible communities and/or counties.

Grants of up to $15,000 will be considered to qualified nonprofit organizations or entities of state and local government for projects serving multiple eligible communities and/or counties.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants of will be awarded to qualified nonprofit organizations or entities of state and local government.

Projects must provide services in communities with a population of less than 6,000 (as of the 2016 U.S. Census) within one of the following counties: Adair, Atoka, Bryan, Cherokee, Choctaw, Coal, Haskell, Johnston, Latimer, McCurtain, McIntosh, Okfuskee, and Pushmataha.

Please note that organizations located outside of the counties identified above will be considered for funding as long as services are provided within the eligible communities and/or counties.

Lower priority will be given to requests for purchase of equipment unless it is related to a broader program that meets the grant criteria.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Community Grants Information Meeting (Zoom): Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 3:00 pm

To register: https://occf.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMqdeqpqDsrGdOWGQrFgRZ5CDOfwjeuhS9a

Pre-Application Information:

- Deadline to request access to the application: Friday, January 28, 2022 at 5:00 pm
- Grant application deadline: Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 5:00 pm

The project should have matching support from other resources in the community.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To receive access to the grant application, please email your organization name, address, brief project description and target population to info@ruraloklahoma.org.

Nancy Anthony
President
405/606-2900
n.anthony@occf.org

Leslie Woodward
Community Programs Manager
405/606-2911
l.woodward@occf.org

Oklahoma City Community Foundation
1000 N. Broadway
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oklahoma: Rural communities in Adair, Atoka, Bryan, Cherokee, Choctaw, Coal, Haskell, Johnston, Latimer, McCurtain, McIntosh, Okfuskee, and Pushmataha Counties

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