Foundation / Corporation
Chapman Foundations Management- H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trust and The Mary K. Chapman Foundation (Chapman Trusts)
Grants to Colorado Springs Metropolitan Area, Colorado and Tulsa Area, Oklahoma nonprofit organizations for a broad range of charitable activities. LOIs must be submitted in advance of the deadline. Program areas include education, health and human services, medical research, civic and community, arts and culture, and nature and wildlife.
While applications may be submitted from anywhere in the USA, the majority of grants are made to organizations in Tulsa Area, Oklahoma and Colorado Springs Metropolitan Area, Colorado.
Additional Geographic Priorities:
Grants are not made in support of operations or programs conducted outside the United States. Depending on the availability of funds and the program area of interest, the managers and Trustees may give priority to the following geographic areas of the United States:
-Colleges and Universities - Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas
-Elementary and Secondary Education - Oklahoma
-Healthcare - Oklahoma
-Human Services - Oklahoma
-Civic and Community - Oklahoma
-Arts and Culture - Oklahoma
Grants to human services and civic and community programs and projects are primarily focused in the areas of Tulsa and Colorado Springs.
Within Oklahoma, the order of priority will normally be (i) Tulsa and surrounding counties, (ii) eastern Oklahoma, and (iii) statewide.
Requests with the following attributes are favored:
-Funding the project or program will serve a documented need and have a significant impact on the community.
-Financial support of (i) the organization management and board of directors, (ii) individuals of the general community affected by the program or project, and (iii) other private foundations.
-Sound financial planning for maintenance and continuation of the project or program after the initial funding is complete.
-Potentially benefits a significant segment of people.
-Applicant has committed volunteers and staff leadership.
The Chapman Trusts prefer to support organizations through cash grants for projects and programs, capital support, and operations. Sponsorships for events are very limited.
GrantWatch ID#: 179785
The Chapman Trusts make grants only to charitable organizations, not to individuals.
To be eligible, charities must (i) be qualified as tax-exempt under §501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code, and (ii) also maintain a classification by the IRS as a public charity, not a private foundation, under §509(a)(1) or (2), of the Code.
Because Congressional legislation approved in August, 2006 placed limitations on grants to certain supporting organizations classified as public charities under §509(a)(3), the Foundation does not make grants to such organizations. In some instances the Foundation can make grants to an organization supported by a supporting organization. Only in rare instances will the trusts make grants requiring the exercise of expenditure responsibility. Certain public instrumentalities are also eligible to receive grants.
Grant requests for the following purposes are not favored:
-Endowments, except as a limited part of a capital project reserved for maintenance of the facility being constructed.
-Deficit financing and debt retirement.
-Projects or programs for which the Chapman Trusts would be the sole source of financial support.
-Travel, conferences, conventions, group meetings, or seminars. Camp programs and other seasonal activities.
-Religious programs of religious organizations.
-Project or program planning.
-Start-up ventures are not excluded, but organizations with a proven strategy and results are preferred.
-Purposes normally funded by taxation or governmental agencies.
-Requests made (i) less than nine months from the declination of a previous request by an applicant, or (ii) within nine months of the last payment made on a grant made to an applicant.
-Requests for more than one project.
Grants are not made for the following purposes:
-To be passed-through to another organization that is not a §501(c)(3) public charity or a governmental entity.
-To attempt to influence legislation or the outcome of any election, or to political campaigns.
There are two steps in the process of applying for a grant. The first is a Letter of Inquiry from the applicant. This letter is used to determine if the applicant will be invited to take the second step of submitting a formal Grant Proposal.
If approved, the applicant will be invited to take the second step of submitting a Grant Proposal. Applicants will be promptly advised of this determination. An invitation to submit a Grant Proposal does not indicate that a grant in any amount will be made.
There are no submission deadlines for Letters of Inquiry.
Submission deadlines for Grant Proposals are the first day of the month preceding the next quarterly Trustees meeting. Quarterly grant review meetings are held in March, June, September and December.
More information about Trust priorities may be found here:
More information about Trust grantmaking may be found here:
Grant Procedure Guidelines:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Andie Doyle, Program Officer
719-465-5977 ext. 3
Chapman Foundations Management, LLC (Primary Office)
6100 South Yale Avenue, Suite 1816
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74136
Chapman Foundations Management, LLC (Branch Office)
121 South Tejon Street, Suite 1105
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
USA: Colorado: Colorado Springs Metropolitan Area; Oklahoma: Tulsa Area