What’s Happening @OCCF

Parks & Public Space Initiative Grant Deadline: July 16

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is awarding grants through our Parks & Public Spaces program supports the development of parks and other outdoor spaces to meet the health, cultural and recreational needs of citizens in Oklahoma County. The grants will support planning, implementation and/or program development to encourage use of neighborhood and community public parks or spaces open to the public.

Parks & Public Space Initiative Grants

Grant Application Deadline: July 16, 2018
Online grant applications will be accepted from eligible organizations who request an invitation to apply.

Grant Guidelines
Grants Awarded in 2017

Questions? Contact Brian Dougherty at 405/606-2908.

The 89er Trail: Fund Established to Share Oklahoma City’s History

When Boston native Chuck Wiggin relocated to Oklahoma City in 1978, the history enthusiast developed a fascination with how this American heartland city came to be what it is today. Inspired by Boston’s Freedom Trail, Wiggin collaborated with the Oklahoma Historical Society’s director, Bob Blackburn, to begin a similar project that highlights the rich history on which our city was built. Recently introduced as the ‘89er Trail, Wiggin established a fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation to finance the creation of historical markers placed throughout downtown Oklahoma City and Bricktown that share the story of Oklahoma City’s birth and development.

“The founding of Oklahoma City is very fascinating to outsiders and continues to have an impact on how our city develops,” Wiggin told NewsOK in a recent news article.

Learn more about this historic project at 89erTrail.com.

Scholarships to be Awarded to 205 Area High School Students

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is excited to announce that 205 graduating high school seniors in central Oklahoma have been selected to receive a total of $410,000 in scholarship awards through our Community Foundation Scholars program. These recipients include 94 Community Foundation Scholars and 111 New Opportunities Scholars from 54 public and private high schools that participate in our Central Oklahoma Guidance Counselor Network.

Recipients include students who may not be at the top of their class academically, but are good students and are active in their community, as well as students who will be the first in their family to attend college. Each recipient will receive a $2,000 award for the 2018-2019 academic year. The Community Foundation Scholars awards are a portion of $2 million in scholarships that the Oklahoma City Community Foundation will award to students throughout Oklahoma this year.

Learn more about our Community Foundation Scholars program, including a list of recipients for the 2018-19 academic year in our Scholars Yearbook below.


The Great Idea Challenge: Great Ideas for a Greater Community

Calling all visionaries! Do you have a bold and innovative idea that you believe could empower and transform our community?

With our 50th anniversary on the horizon, we are excited to introduce The Great Idea Challenge, seeking innovative ideas that will impact our community throughout the next 50 years. The Oklahoma City Community Foundation will award grants of $150,000-$200,000 to support Great Ideas for a Greater Community: projects that will connect resources, plant seeds, leverage assets or launch ventures that are new to Oklahoma City and central Oklahoma.  Review guidelines and eligibility.

To Apply
Step 1:  Request an invitation to submit letter of inquiry by May 1, 2018. Email greatidea@occf.org with the following information: 1) brief description of your project, 2) list of partner organizations and 3) target population.

Step 2: Complete the online Letter of Inquiry by June 8, 2018. After completing step 1, you will receive a link and access code to complete the online letter of inquiry. The online form will ask for a project outline, capacity of the partner organizations, details about the target population and project budget.

Step 3: Invited applicants must complete full grant application by Sept. 21, 2018. The most promising applicants and viable projects will be invited to submit a full grant application. Successful grantees will be notified by January 2019 and project implementation should begin in 2019. Learn more at occf.org/greatidea.

Gifts to Water4 Endowment Eligible for Match

We’re pleased to announce a match opportunity to help Water4 establish an endowment fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Water4 helps bring a sustainable source of clean drinking water as well as sanitation and hygiene education to indigent communities around the world. Thanks to the support of an anonymous donor, $25,000 in contributions will be matched with a $15,000 gift if the goal is met by Feb. 28, 2019. The funds will establish an endowment fund that will provide a permanent source of financial support to the global organization.

If you would like to contribute to the match, please visit our online giving page and enter “Water4” as the fund name. Contact Kenneth Conklin at 405/606-2910 with any questions.