Guidelines and Restrictions
This program provides support and encouragement for landscaping and beautification projects in parks, medians and other public lands in the Oklahoma City area. Please note that projects for improvements to frontages are a low priority.
The program emphasizes strong partnerships with interested groups that must provide some matching resources and long-term maintenance for the projects. Funds are primarily used for purchase and installation of plant materials according to a landscaping plan. Non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations and other groups with a vested interest in the beautification of a particular area are eligible. A specially appointed advisory committee reviews proposals.
Program Goals and Areas of Emphasis
The Boys Trust provides annual earnings to support the improvement of parks and public lands in the Oklahoma City area. We work closely with volunteer groups interested in beautification that are able to provide not only additional support for the project, but also will ensure the long-term maintenance. The Boys Trust funds should be used to improve and enhance landscaping and not to displace the funding of other organizations.
Projects funded by the Margaret Annis Boys Trust should meet the following goals:
- Demonstrate initiative and responsibility for caring for public lands, cooperation among groups and innovation in the use of landscaping in cost-effective and low-maintenance ways.
- Be highly visible to the general public, in areas generally open to the public, and help instill a sense of pride in the appearance of the community in those who live in the area as well as those who visit.
- Have a long-term impact on the appearance of an area and represent thoughtful consideration and planning regarding the appropriateness of beautification for both current and future use.
- Educate citizens about the importance of beautification, which will build a foundation for future activity and investment of resources by other individuals and groups.
Review Program Criteria & Requirements.
Review the Supplemental Information.
Contact Brian Dougherty at 405.606.2908 to determine the eligibility of your project a minimum of three (3) weeks prior to grant deadline. This will give you an opportunity to fully understand the guidelines before you develop your written proposal and give us an opportunity to learn more about your specific goals and interest.
Complete the Organizational Information and include the attachments requested.
Organizational Information Form
Submit a written proposal after reviewing the Guidelines for Proposal Narrative.
Submit a budget.
Complete the two-page Proposal Abstract of the grant proposal.
Proposal Abstract Form
Complete and submit the Application Checklist and Summary Sheet with your application.
Application Checklist and Summary Sheet
Submit eighteen (18) copies of the following only:
Beautification Plan (reduced size is acceptable)
Submit one (1) copy only of the following:
Application Checklist and Summary Sheet
Required documents (items 1-6 on the Organizational Information form)
Beautification plan (full size)
Letters of approval from any governmental authority or any property owner
Mail above or deliver documents to:
Oklahoma City Community Foundation
P.O. Box 1146
Oklahoma City, OK 73101-1146
Oklahoma City Community Foundation offices
1000 N. Broadway Ave., Oklahoma City
Get directions here.
Completed Boys Trust application packets must be received by 5:00 p.m. of the grant deadline date. Clearly mark the proposal BOYS TRUST. Application packets may also be hand delivered. Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted.
All proposals are reviewed by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation staff and the Margaret Annis Boys Trust Committee. Requests for funding are provided to the Oklahoma City Community Foundation Board of Trustees at its February, May, September and November regular meetings. Proposals to be funded will receive a Grant Agreement packet outlining the conditions of the grant.
The Oklahoma City Community Foundation staff is interested in helping organizations develop proposals for landscaping and beautification. Please contact Brian Dougherty to discuss your ideas at 405.606.2908.
Recent Grant Approvals
City of Midwest City - $15,000 for plantings in five medians and two neighborhood parks in the city’s Original Mile, a one-square-mile area located between South Midwest and Air Depot Boulevards and Southeast 15th and 29th Streets.
Fairdale/Belle Isle/Riviera Neighborhood Association - $15,000 for trees and crepe myrtles to be planted in Ross Park located at Northwest 63rd Street and North Ross Avenue.
Glenbrook Property Owners Association - $10,000 for the planting of trees along the frontage of Northwest 63rd Street between North Pennsylvania Avenue and North Grand Boulevard.
Variety Care Foundation - $15,000 for the planting of trees along the walking trail surrounding its Straka Terrace family health center location near Southwest 74th Street and South Western Avenue.
Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children - $15,000 for trees at its Oklahoma City campus along South Western Avenue and Southwest 164th Street.
Glen Eagles Homeowners Association - $10,705 for landscaping along frontage on North Western Avenue and Northwest 150th Street.
City Care - $15,000 for the installation of 60 trees along the grounds at Crystal Lake, located at 6625 SW 15th St.
Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma - $9,650 to plant trees in Tolan Park, near the Goodwill headquarters at Blackwelder and Reno Avenues.
Lakehurst Homeowners Association - $15,000 to replace trees along North May Avenue between Wilshire Boulevard and Britton Road.
Quail Creek Community Foundation - $13,750 for plantings along Northwest 122nd Street near Lake Hefner Parkway and May Avenue.
City of The Village - $19,275 to replace trees lost to severe weather in Duffner, Bumpass and Mason parks.
Oklahoma City Beautiful- $10,000 to assist with the landscape and flag plaza improvements for the median on South Grand Avenue immediately adjacent to Capitol Hill High School.
Putnam Heights Preservation Area - $9,000 to refurbish the historic beds in the medians along North McKinley Avenue and Northwest 35th Street.
Tulsa Park/Riverpark Neighborhood Association - $10,925 for landscaping in a public park in southwest Oklahoma City neighborhood.
Variety Care - $12,420 for landscaping in the public park next to Variety's Lafayette facility.
Stonebridge Lake Estates Property Owners Association - $15,000 to plant crepemrytles on both sides of Overholser Drive that includes a portion of historic Route 66.
Twin Oaks Homeowners Association - $6,870 for the landscaping of frontage along Northwest 178th Street and North Western Avenue.
The Greens Homeowners Association - $7,000 for the landscaping of frontage along Memorial Road.
Linwood Place Neighborhood Association - $10,280 for the landscaping of medians along Northwest 19th Street and North Drexel Avenue.
City of Oklahoma City – up to $25,000 for assistance with storm water issues impacting Will Rogers Gardens.
Oklahoma City University – up to $20,000 to fund a study of the Oklahoma City Parks System.
Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity - $14,676 for plant materials for Phase V and the central cul de sac of the Hope Crossing housing addition.
Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association - $4,000 for the landscaping of medians at Northwest 24th and Northwest 25th Streets along Robinson Avenue.
Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation - $12,000 for landscaping of the grounds surrounding the renovated Lake Overholser boathouse.
Redbud Estates Neighborhood Association - $4,500 for the planting of crapemyrtle shrubs and other trees along approximately 500 feet of frontage on Southwest 119th Street.
Windsor Hills Neighborhood Association - $12,000 for comprehensive landscape improvements along the frontage on Meridian Avenue from Northwest 26th Street to Northwest 32nd Street.
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