Parks and Public Space Initiative/Margaret Annis Boys Trust Grants

Grants to Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Nonprofits
and Agencies to Develop Public Parks and Spaces

GrantWatch ID#: 176704
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Oklahoma City Community Foundation


01/16/17 5:00 PM

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Grants to Oklahoma County, Oklahoma nonprofits, governmental agencies, neighborhood and community groups, and churches connected to parks, schools, trails, and other public spaces. Applicants must contact the funding source by January 10 to ensure their project is within the scope of the Grant criteria.

Funding will be provided to support the development of parks and other outdoor spaces to meet the health, cultural, and recreational needs of citizens. The grants will support planning, implementation, and/or program development to encourage use of neighborhood and community public parks or spaces open to the public.

Goals and Objectives:

- To increase utilization of neighborhood parks, neighborhood school parks, trails and other spaces open to the public for recreation, cultural and health improvement.
- To improve parks, trails, and public spaces while providing programming consistent with the priorities identified in the 2013 Oklahoma City Parks Master Plan.
- To engage community groups, neighborhoods, corporations, municipalities and other nonprofit organizations in improving our neighborhood parks, school parks and trails and the programs that are in them.
- To increase community stewardship of parks, school parks, trails and public spaces.

Priorities for Projects to Be Considered:

- Meet an identified public need in a publicly accessible area.
- Engage user groups and involve surrounding neighborhoods to accomplish goals.
- Are in an existing park, trail, school park or publicly-used space within Oklahoma County.
- Are supported by and benefit a wide variety of people and organizations.
- Are consistent with the 2013 Oklahoma City Parks Master Plan strategies (
- Have a clear and feasible plan, vision and budget.
- Are ready for work and performable within the next year after identification as a funded project or program.
- Have groups involved who contribute both volunteer hours and financial resources beyond what is provided by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation to the projects and programs.
Have physical improvements that include appropriate location, installation and maintenance plans.
- Have a clear evaluation component to review the success of the projects and programs and ensure continued maintenance and sustainability.

Note: All physical improvement plans are subject to city regulations and all applicable permits. In some cases approved projects may require more public involvement, possibly including: Oklahoma City Council support, Planning Department approval, Parks Commission approval, school board approval, etc. If a project is accepted, the goal of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is to help with this process. However, the responsibility for this process lies with the funded organization. All awards are contingent upon approval by appropriate government entities.

Eligible Applicants:

- Neighborhood and community groups and churches connected to parks, schools, trails and other public spaces are eligible to apply.
- Any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides direct services and has a governing board based in Oklahoma County is eligible to apply.
- Local government agencies or state and city-connected agencies may apply.

Additional Criteria:

Projects and programs must take place in an Oklahoma County-located park or publicly-used space (park-like school grounds, trails) and must be consistent with what the 2013 Oklahoma City Parks Master Plan (see:

Grant applications will be accepted via an online process after an organization has requested and been invited to apply. Prior to receiving an application to apply, applicants must contact Brian Dougherty at or by phone at 405-235-5603 no later than January 10, 2017 to ensure your project is within the scope of the Parks Initiative Grant criteria. If granted, the invitation to apply will include an access code and URL link for the online application.

The application will require you to describe the specific project, program and services for which funding support is requested as well as provide a budget and documentation of need in the community. Some attachments will be required.

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

Sally Ray
Parks and Wellness Initiative
Phone: 405/606-2930

Oklahoma County

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