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$515,588 Granted for Access to Health Care & Public Parks

Apr 11, 2024 | Grants, Press

Oklahoma’s nonprofit sector plays a central role in delivering vital resources and services to our community. To support their efforts, we offer a variety of grant opportunities throughout the year. Recently, we have awarded $515,588 to support access to health care and help activate green spaces and public parks.

$327,500 in Grants for Access to Health Care

According to the Commonwealth Fund Scorecard on State Health System Performance, Oklahoma is the 8th worst in the nation for access to health care.

In an effort to improve the lives in the OKC metro area, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is investing in our health by awarding more than $327,000 in grants to organizations providing healthcare services so people can get the care they need.

An OKC Resident utilizes free and reduced health screenings via Oklahoma Project Woman, supported by OCCF’s Access to Health Care grant.

Poor health affects every part of a person’s life. It impacts their ability to work, take care of their families and build communities. These grants are designed to support personalized health services based on needs in different demographics and geographic areas so people get quality care that fits their circumstances.

Trisha Finnegan

President & CEO, Oklahoma City Community Foundation

The grants are part of the Community Foundation’s Access to Health Care Community Grant Program, which provides funding for central Oklahoma nonprofits offering healthcare services to people who are uninsured or otherwise unable to access the health care they need. Since 2007, the foundation has provided nearly $2.9 million for people who are uninsured in our community through this program.

Grants were awarded to the following outstanding organizations and programs:

Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America –$5,000 to hold two health fairs in collaboration with local community partners for underserved populations.

Center for Children & Families – $15,000 to provide counseling services to families experiencing child abuse.

Oklahoma Children’s Health Foundation – $6,300 to provide an intensive group treatment program for children with selective mutism.

Community Health Centers, Inc. – $35,000 to provide Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for uninsured patients at Community Health Highland Park Family Medical Center.

Crossings Community Clinic – $20,000 to support uninsured patients with the management of uncontrolled diabetes to achieve better overall health.

Health Alliance for the Uninsured, Inc. – $40,000 to provide access to free prescription medications and flu shots for low-income, uninsured adults.

Limbs for Life Foundation – $15,000 to provide up to six people with prosthetic limbs.

Neighborhood Services Organization, Inc. – $35,000 to provide 8,000 procedures to address chronic and preventative care needs.

NewView Oklahoma, Inc. – $7,500 for essential low-vision services.

Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation – $20,000 to provide no-cost durable medical equipment to Oklahomans in need.

Oklahoma Dental Foundation – $10,000 to partner with D-DENT and Dale Graham Veterans Foundation to provide dental care and treatment to their clients.

Parent Promise – $15,000 to provide postpartum care products to women who are first-time mothers in high-risk situations.

Planned Parenthood Great Plains – $35,000 to provide affordable care to 200 patients if Title X benefits do not apply.

Skyline Urban Ministry – $8,700 to provide 250-300 patrons seeking vision correction services.

Teen emPower, Inc. – $40,000 for implementing teen pregnancy prevention education in 8th-grade classrooms.

Youth and Family Services, Inc. – $20,000 to provide a full-body approach to recovery focusing on exercise, nutrition, counseling, and therapeutic activities that promote self-care.

$188,088 in Grants for Parks & Public Spaces

Will Rogers Park in Oklahoma City

Will Rogers Parks, OKC – activated in part due to the OCCF Parks & Public Space Initiative.

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation (OCCF) is awarding $188,088 to 10 schools, municipalities and organizations focused on the beautification, development and activation of neighborhood parks, trails, schools and public spaces.

The grants are part of the Community Foundation’s Parks & Public Space Initiative, a program that has invested more than $4.8 million in the community to encourage central Oklahoma residents to enjoy parks and other public areas.

This OCCF initiative grew out of the Margaret Annis Boys Trust, which was established through a gift from Miss Boys’ estate in 1991 to support and encourage landscaping and beautification projects in parks, medians and other public lands in Oklahoma City. Grant awards will vary depending on the size and complexity of the project. In addition to funding, Oklahoma City Community Foundation staff will provide project expertise.

Grants provided through the Community Foundation’s Parks & Public Space Initiative include:

An integral part of healthy and robust communities are accessible, modern parks and public spaces. These grant partners have developed innovative ways to integrate community involvement and care into improving their parks and public spaces and we are so excited to see these projects grow and thrive.

Trisha Finnegan

President & CEO, Oklahoma City Community Foundation

Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine – $13,600 to plant 34 trees to beautify the entrance to the church grounds.

City of Midwest City – $35,600 to plant 18 trees along park trails in five different city parks and install 10 park benches near the new trees.

Metro Technology Centers – $16,060 to plant shade trees adjacent to new walking trails at the Springlake Campus.

Mount St. Mary Catholic High School – $8,800 to plant 10 trees and install irrigation along the perimeter of the school grounds.

Nichols Hills Enterprise Elementary PTA – $32,750 for irrigation and landscaping upgrades for the school along Wilshire Boulevard.

Nichols Hills Parks, Inc. – $16,560 to replace dead or damaged trees and landscaping for the central bed in Kite Park.

Nova Community Homeowners Association – $20,521 to landscape the W Hefner Road neighborhood frontage with new shrubs and small trees.

OKC Beautiful – $10,000 to plant 50 trees on the campuses of Oklahoma City Schools, along with providing educational material on the importance of trees.

Western Avenue Association – $18,440 to install new irrigation, shrubs, and trees within the street medians along Western Avenue at I-44.

About the Oklahoma City Community Foundation 

Founded in 1969, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that works with donors to create charitable funds that will benefit our community both now and in the future. To learn more about the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, visit www.occf.org.