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Parks and Public Space Initiative/Margaret Annis Boys Trust Grant

Grants to Oklahoma Nonprofits, Agencies, and Community Groups
in Eligible Locations to Improve Local Parks and Public Areas

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Oklahoma City Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

01/15/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to Oklahoma nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and neighborhood and community groups in eligible locations to improve local public areas. Applicants must contact staff prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to support the beautification, development, and activation of neighborhood and community parks, school parks, trails, and other public lands in the Greater Oklahoma City area.

Grant Funding Goals

  1. Encourage landscaping and beautification projects in public community spaces including: neighborhood/community parks, school parks, trails, public medians, and other public lands in central Oklahoma.
  2. Increase utilization of public spaces which are open and accessible to citizens for recreation, cultural, and health improvement.
  3. Support programming consistent with the priorities identified in the 2013 Oklahoma City Parks Master Plan (
  4. Engage community groups, neighborhoods, businesses, and other nonprofit organizations to improve public community spaces.
  5. Increase community awareness, involvement, and stewardship of public community spaces.

Priorities and requirements for considered funding:

  • Existing neighborhood/community parks, school parks, trails, public medians, and other open and accessible public properties will be the primary focus area for implementation of approved projects.
  • The majority of Parks and Public Space Initiative grants are infrastructure and support activities or programs.
  • All proposed projects must be open and accessible to the public during reasonable usage hours.
  • All proposed projects must be located within Greater Oklahoma City with Oklahoma County being the priority.
  • The proposed project must provide documentation of approval by the government entity directly responsible for the management and oversight of the project. 
  • Projects and programs must be consistent with the 2013 Oklahoma City Parks Master Plan.
  • Neighborhood streetscapes are a low priority for grant funding.
  • A comprehensive site plan of the proposed project must be included with the grant application. The application must include current and future phases of the project if multi-phased. It can be professionally prepared or presented as a graphic over a Google Earth image.
  • A significant volunteer component is required for each grant proposal. The volunteer group must share an active role in the planning, implementation, and ongoing maintenance of the project.
  • A realistic location, installation, and maintenance plan with identified responsibilities and budget must be submitted to ensure the project’s sustainability. Tree plantings typically require a three-year maintenance plan to ensure establishment.
  • Proposed grant requests supporting bond issue and other publically funded projects will be considered on a case-by-case basis. There must be strong evidence that the project is ready to move forward immediately and that the Parks Initiative grant portion will play a significant role in the overall success and impact of the project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176704

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards will vary depending on the size and complexity of the project. In addition to funding, Oklahoma City Community Foundation staff will provide project expertise.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within a year after funding notification.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Neighborhood/community groups connected to parks, school parks, trails, and other public spaces in Oklahoma County.
- Any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing direct services and that has a governing board based in Oklahoma County.
- Local government agencies or state and city-connected agencies.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Deadline and Notification:
Deadline for submission of all grant application materials is 5 PM on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2021. The grant application will be reviewed by a committee and funding recommendations forwarded to the board of Trustees. Grantees will be notified of a decision by early March.

Application Process:
1. Prior to receiving an application to apply, applicants must contact Brian Dougherty no later than Jan. 8, 2021, to ensure your project is within the scope of the Parks Initiative Grant criteria.
2. Grant applications will be accepted via an online process after an organization has requested and been invited to apply. The invitation to apply will include an access code and URL link for the online application.

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.

The proposal must include a match amount from the applicant.

Contact Information:

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

To receive an application to apply, applicants must contact:
Brian Dougherty
405-235-5603 or 606-2908

Please submit any questions or a need for clarification on any aspect of the application requirements to and note in the subject line “Parks Initiative Grant Application.”

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

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USA: Oklahoma: Greater Oklahoma City

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