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The Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation was started in 1995 to improve the quality of life in designated rural communities in southern Oklahoma. A grant program was adopted to support programs and projects in these designated communities that will improve the quality of life and provide opportunities for citizens to improve themselves and their communities. Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to qualified nonprofit organizations or entities of state and local government for appropriate projects that have the following characteristics:
- The project should be new or a significant expansion of a current effort which will provide positive additional impact to the community.
- The project should benefit a broad range of individuals in the community and not be limited to a small group.
- The project should have matching support from other resources in the community.
The project should be centered in one of the following six Oklahoma communities:
Deadline: June 30
Areas of Interest
Special interest will be shown to proposals in the following areas:
- Education, especially arts and humanities programs which directly involve students.
- Community appearance and beautification of public and nonprofit owned property.
- Economic development activities related to community development that is consistent with the charitable and educational purposes of the Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation.
- Community arts and humanities projects, including libraries.
Lower priority will be given to requests for athletic equipment, facilities or uniforms, travel and trips, purchase of equipment unless it is related to a broader program that meets the grant criteria.