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Grants Available for Lawton Area Nonprofits

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The United Way of Southwest Oklahoma has received a total of $7,000 in Community Grants from the Lawton Community Foundation for the past two consecutive years to support their Success by 6 program. The educational initiative promotes reading among children age 6 and younger to ensure they are ready to succeed when they start school.

Nonprofit organizations from Lawton and the surrounding area are invited to apply for grants from the Lawton Community Foundation. Grants will be awarded through two programs to qualified charitable organizations serving southwest Oklahoma. The deadline to submit applications is July 3, 2017.

Community Grants of up to $5,000 each are available for projects designed to improve the quality of life and provide opportunities for a broad range of Lawton area citizens. Qualified nonprofit organizations, as well as state and local government entities, are eligible to apply. In 2016, nine charitable organizations were awarded $32,875 in Community Grants.

Matching Grants will also be awarded to charitable organizations with endowment funds at the Lawton Community Foundation, or those interested in establishing an endowment fund. Eligible organizations must provide programs primarily benefiting southwest Oklahoma. Applying organizations are required to raise $5,000 to receive a matching grant between $2,500 and $5,000. In 2016, 13 nonprofits were awarded $41,600 in Matching Grants.

“Our aim with these programs is to meet the changing needs of the Lawton community,” said George Bridges, president of the Lawton Community Foundation Board of Trustees. “We also want to stress the importance of stabilizing future support of nonprofits by building endowment funds. The Lawton Community Foundation is pleased to support both initiatives through these grant opportunities.”

All grant applications must be submitted online by July 3, 2017. Visit LawtonCF.org/grantopportunities for grant guidelines. Interested organizations may gain access to the online grant applications by emailing a brief explanation of your project to Jennifer Stewart.

The request for the link to the online application must be submitted no later than June 29, 2017. Any requests after that time will not be considered.

Grants Available for Lawton Area Nonprofits

Applications are now being accepted for the Lawton Community Grants and Matching Grants programs. Nonprofit organizations from Lawton and the surrounding area are encouraged to apply. The deadline to submit applications is July 1, 2016.

Each year, the Community Grants program awards grants up to $5,000 to nonprofit organizations to support projects that will greatly improve the quality of life and provide opportunities for citizens to improve themselves and their communities. Grants will be awarded to new projects or significant expansions of existing efforts that will positively impact the community. Community Grants are available to qualified nonprofit organizations in the Lawton area for projects that will benefit a broad range of individuals and have matching support from other resources.

The Matching Grants program awards matching dollars up to $5,000 to qualified nonprofits who either have a charitable organization endowment fund at the Lawton Community Foundation or for those who would like to establish one. The organizations are required to raise $5,000 to receive a matching grant between $2,500 and $5,000. The program is limited to nonprofits that provide programs primarily for southwest Oklahoma. Following approval, matching funds will be provided for gifts made to the charitable organization endowment fund within a 12-month period.

“The Lawton Community Foundation is pleased to offer these grant opportunities to area nonprofit organizations,” said Scott Hatch, president of the Lawton Community Foundation. “Through these programs we hope to continue to respond to the changing needs of our community, as well as assist area nonprofits in preparing for the future by building their endowment funds.”

All grant applications must be submitted online by July 1, 2016. Grant guidelines are available at www.lawtoncf.org. A link to the online grant application is available by emailing Jennifer Stewart and including a brief explanation of the project for which you are seeking the funding.