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Kirkpatrick Foundation Grant

Grants to Central Oklahoma Nonprofits for Arts, Education,
Environment, Historic Preservation, and Animal Welfare Programs

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Foundation / Corporation

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Kirkpatrick Foundation

Deadline Date:

12/01/18 - for requests over $10,000. Small grants under $10,000 have no specific deadline.


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Small grants of up to $10,000 and grants of over $10,000 to Central Oklahoma nonprofits for programs and projects that benefit local residents in the areas of arts and culture, education, animal well-being, environmental conservation, and historic preservation. Priorities for each of these areas are outlined below.

Applicants must serve those living in Central Oklahoma, primarily the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, Oklahoma County and surrounding Counties and communities.

Focus Areas and Priorities:

Arts and Culture:

John and Eleanor Kirkpatrick’s early investments in the arts and culture of Oklahoma City continue to live strong. Noteworthy arts and cultural organizations, large and small, contribute to the very fabric of a thriving, vibrant city. The key component of Kirkpatrick Foundation giving reflects tangible quality-of-life issues for the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. From theater and dance to museums, film festivals, and exhibits, the Foundation strives to support a variety of cultural and arts programs for all of central Oklahoma’s citizens and visitors to enjoy.


Kirkpatrick Foundation has long supported education in Oklahoma City, making efforts to sustain the stakeholders of pre-K-12, university-level, and out-of-school programming. Kirkpatrick Foundation’s investment in the future of Oklahoma is made clear in their grants to educational programs that impact countless lives throughout the city. Whether arts programs in summer camps, or continuing education for teachers, the Foundation's reach in Oklahoma’s educational environment is diverse and strong.

Animal Well-Being:

From its earliest years, Kirkpatrick Foundation has been concerned with the wellbeing of animals. That concern has grown into a major commitment to ensure animals in Oklahoma are treated well wherever they live. Support has been provided for state-of-the-art veterinary equipment and supplies, medical care for search dogs and zoo animals, and emergency and disaster preparedness. The vision of Kirkpatrick Foundation is to make Oklahoma the safest and most humane place to be an animal by the year 2032.

Environmental Conservation:

The Foundation has supported programs designed to build awareness about the natural environment including soil health and freshwater protection. Programs also supported have been for conservation education for teachers and landowners, strategies to protect fauna, and making natural habitats more accessible for all citizens. The health of every community is directly tied to the quality of the environment in which people live, and the Foundation seeks to support efforts to ensure that quality.

Historic Preservation:

Historic Preservation is an area of Foundation interest that is a tradition of several generations. Foundation efforts have included partnerships that allowed Oklahoma nonprofit property owners to have feasibility studies done for sites of historic significance. These studies outline architectural improvements and detailed structural repairs and restoration strategies needed to maintain a historic designation. Conferences and workshops to educate the public on recognized standards of practice that preserve the history of Oklahoma’s built environment are also supported.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175854

Estimated Size of Grant:

Small grants are for requests of up to $10,000. All other grants are for $10,000 or more.

Term of Contract:

The Foundation does not fund multi-year projects.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grant proposals are considered only from eligible organizations that:

- Currently qualify as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization according to the Internal Revenue Service Code.
- Serve Central Oklahoma, primarily the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, Oklahoma County and surrounding Counties and communities.
- Have a three-year track record of programming.
- Maintain current financial records, providing a copy of the operational budget and a statement of financial position.
- Have a working board of directors, as well as management, governance, and accountability structures in place.
- Provide a list of board members and their affiliation.
- Demonstrate 100 percent board-member giving.
- Provide a three-year strategic plan.

The Foundation does not fund:

- Individuals
- Lobbying organizations
- Medical and/or health-related causes
- Social services
- Athletic programs
- Capital campaigns
- Endowments
- Multi-year projects
- Indirect costs
- Foundation fees
- Financial deficits
- Government entities

The Foundation does not grant in perpetuity. The Foundation discourages funding fiscal sponsorships of non 501(c)(3) organizations.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines are June 1 and December 1 for Letters of Inquiry for requests over $10,000. Small Grant Applications have no specific deadline, but please allow 30-45 days for consideration.

Click on the links in the Supporting Documents section below to download advice and tips for a successful application and to view the Foundation's brochure on animal well-being.

The Foundation's focus areas:

Contact Information:

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

Click here to start a new Letter of Inquiry (requests over $10,000):

Click here to start a new small grant application (requests $10,000 or less):

Click here to access an application already in progress:

If you have any questions about your organization’s eligibility or about the grants application process, please contact Paulette Black at 405.608.0934 or


Kirkpatrick Foundation
1001 W. Wilshire
Oklahoma City, OK 73116

Fax: 405.608.0942

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oklahoma: Central Oklahoma (primarily in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, Oklahoma County, and surrounding Counties and communities)