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Oklahoma City Community Foundation Honored by Keep Oklahoma Beautiful

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s Margaret Annis Boys Trust was recently honored by Keep Oklahoma Beautiful with the Towering Spirit Award for our work enhancing parks, schools, neighborhoods and other public lands throughout central Oklahoma. The award recognizes programs that uphold the mission of Keep Oklahoma Beautiful in a unique way, garnering public acclaim and having far-reaching positive impact.

The Margaret Annis Boys Trust was established at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation in 1991 with a $1.5 million gift from the estate of an Oklahoma City schoolteacher with the instructions to beautify public lands throughout Oklahoma County. Out of this fund grew our Parks & Public Space Initiative, and through the two programs we have awarded $3.3 million to more than 300 projects to improve and encourage greater use of our community parks, trails and other public spaces.

Grants Available for Rural Oklahoma Communities

The Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation is accepting grant applications for projects in rural communities with a population less than 6,000 located in 20 designated Oklahoma counties. Designed to improve the quality of life for rural Oklahomans, the program will award grants for projects that will positively impact the community in the areas of 1) arts/culture/history, 2) health or 3) libraries/literacy. Deadline for grant applications is Jan. 15, 2018. Find complete grant guidelines and application information here.

Rural Oklahoma Schools Receive More Than $70,000 in Grants

While budget cuts across the state have forced many rural Oklahoma schools to eliminate programs like arts and humanities, funding from the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation is ensuring students continue to have access to these valuable learning opportunities. The foundation, which is administered by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, recently awarded $70,321 in grants to 26 rural Oklahoma public schools to enhance learning opportunities for students in the areas of arts and humanities, science and literacy. Find a complete list of grants awarded here.

Parks & Public Space Initiative Grant Deadline: Jan. 15

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is awarding grants through our Parks & Public Space Initiative/Margaret Annis Boys Trust to assist in the activation of parks, trails and school parks in the Oklahoma City area. Eligible projects and programs must demonstrate benefits to and collaboration with the surrounding community and include a plan for sustainability.

Online grant applications will be accepted from eligible organizations who request an invitation to apply. Prior to receiving an application to apply, applicants must contact Brian Dougherty or by phone at 405-235-5603 no later than Jan. 8, 2018 to ensure your project is within the scope of the Parks Initiative Grant criteria. Review grant guidelines at occf.org/parks. Grant application deadline is Jan. 15, 2018, at 5 p.m.

Online Scholarship Applications Open

Scholarships are now available for the 2018-19 academic year through the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. Graduating high school seniors, enrolled college or career tech students and others can visit occf.academicworks.com to apply for 120 different scholarships awarding nearly $2 million to students statewide each year. Scholarship deadlines vary, with most closing January through April 2018. Learn how to apply here.

Oklahoma City Community Foundation Accredited with Rigorous Philanthropic Standards

Accreditation sealThe Oklahoma City Community Foundation recently received accreditation with the nation’s highest standard for philanthropic excellence. National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® establish legal, ethical, effective practices for community foundations everywhere.

“Meeting the National Standards benchmarks is a rigorous, comprehensive process,” said Nancy B. Anthony, Oklahoma City Community Foundation President. “This accreditation is a significant accomplishment that indicates our commitment to transparency, quality, integrity and accountability as we carry out our mission.”

The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® program requires community foundations to document their policies for donor services, investments, grantmaking and administration. With over 500 community foundations already accredited nationwide, the program is designed to provide quality assurance to donors, as well as to their legal and financial advisors. Learn more at cfstandards.org.