Foundation / Corporation
The Kerr Foundation
Grants to Oklahoma nonprofits for health, education, cultural development, and community service. An LOI must be submitted prior to applying. Priority is given to programs that serve children and youth. Funding is given for programs, capital projects, and operating support.
While preference is given to Oklahoma organizations and institutions, grant requests are also considered from Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Texas, and Washington, DC. The Foundation recognizes that organizations located outside the state and region can also have a beneficial impact on the economic, social and cultural growth and development of Oklahoma.
The Foundation recognizes the significant and continuing influence of the Federal government on Oklahoma and the region, so proposals from the Washington, D.C. area are accepted.
More details on the categories are as follows:
Education - Institutions of elementary, junior high, pre-collegiate, along with institutions of higher learning to include health science centers and medical research done by educational institutions.
Arts and Culture - Organizations in the visual arts and performing arts areas, museums and libraries.
Health - Institutions providing health care, doing medical research, or outreach organizations employing primarily professionals from the allied health area.
Human Services - Organizations providing services in diverse areas to the public, and specifically to the disadvantaged, people with special needs and the elderly.
- Capital - Bricks and mortar projects, including equipment
- Program - Programs having an objective and specified time span
- Operating - Funds to be used to cover basic ongoing administrative and personnel expenses
GrantWatch ID#: 177654
The Foundation is unable to accept any grant requests in the amount of $100,000 or more.
Oklahoma organizations will receive first priority for available funds; however, nonprofit organizations in Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Texas and Washington, DC are eligible.
Proposals should be received no later than Friday, January 12, 2018 for consideration at the March 2018 board meeting.
A letter of inquiry is required before a formal grant application can be submitted. The following information should be included in this letter in a concise manner. You will then be notified via email whether or not you have been approved to apply for funding from our Foundation.
Please provide a brief history of your nonprofit and an overview of your programs. Be sure to attach a copy of your 501c3 letter of exemption from the IRS, amount of money you are requesting, and a description of the project for which you are requesting these funds. Explain the need that can be met by your project and describe the target population and geographic area, while providing a few significant statistical facts. If you are approaching other agencies or nonprofits to support this project, mention them and be sure to list any funds already received and how you expect to support the project.
Favorable consideration of a proposal will normally be in the form of a Challenge Grant. This means that the organization/institution approved for a grant must first, in order to receive payment of the amount of the grant from The Kerr Foundation, raise or secure grants, donations, and pledges in the total amount specified in the grant. The Challenge amount is usually dollar for dollar and normally must be secured within twelve months from the date of award.
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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Begin the application by sending the letter of inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org, and cc: email@example.com.
Online account access:
The Kerr Foundation. Inc.
12501 North May Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73120
Tel (405) 749.7991
Fax (405) 749.2877