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Opportunities for Children

Previous Grantees

Grants awarded to charitable organizations that provide direct services for children birth to age 14 and offer access to enrichment opportunities that otherwise would not be available.

Application Process

Download and carefully review the Grant Guidelines. Guidelines often change from year to year.

  1. Submit a Letter of Intent (LOI)
    All potential applicants must fill out an online LOI form no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2024. To complete an LOI, go to our online grant portal (click here) and refer to the instructions on the homepage to log in.
  2. Complete an Official Application
    If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will receive an email granting you access to the official application. The deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 22, 2024.

Please direct all login and access questions to [email protected].

Important Dates

  • Grant Application Opens: Monday, January 29, 2024 – Begin submitting Letters of Intent.
  • Grant Information Meeting: 3 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20, 2024
    • OCCF Community Room, 1000 N. Broadway.
  • Letter of Intent (LOI) Submission Deadline: 5 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2024
  • Grant Application Deadline: 5 p.m. on Friday, March 22, 2024
  • Decision Notification Timeline: End of May 2024

 FAQ

 

If my organization received an Opportunities for Children grant last year, am I eligible to apply this year?

If your organization has received an Opportunities for Children grant in two of the last three years, the organization is not eligible to apply this year.

You may reapply this year if the following conditions have been met:

  • The funds have been fully expended
  • All follow-up grant reports have been submitted
  • The program successfully met its goals
  • Your organization has not received an Opportunities for Children grant in at least two of the last three years
My organization has a current grant through one of the other community grant opportunities (Access to Health Care, Culture & Community or Services for Older Adults.) Am I eligible to apply for the Opportunities for Children grant?

Yes, but only if it is for a different program. We will not consider funding the same program with two different community grants.

Can an organization submit a Letter of Intent or grant application for more than one project during a single grant cycle?

No, an organization may only apply for one project during a single grant cycle.

Are the Letters of Intent or Grant Applications submitted online?

Yes! Both the Letter of Intent and Grant Application will be submitted through our online grant portal.

Check out the top of this page for more info!

Will the organizations that apply receive notification if they are not approved?

Yes, all organizations that submit an application will be notified of funding decisions by the Notification of Funding Decision date above.

Recent Grants

Bethany Children’s Health Center – $5,000 – To support their adaptive sports and recreation program that offers adaptive recreation and fine arts opportunities for children of all abilities.

Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma County – $10,000 – To provide performing arts and theatre opportunities for Boys and Girls Club members through a collaboration with Lyric Theatre.

Camp Fire Heart of Oklahoma – $7,500 – To support the expansion of Camp CANOE, a summer camp designed specifically for youth needing more guidance and support in their outdoor experiences.

Camp Kesem at University of Oklahoma – $7,500 – To support their summer camp that combines a traditional camp experience with support for children through a parent’s cancer diagnosis and beyond.

Cavett Kids Foundation – $10,000 – To support Camp Cavett, a traditional summer camp for children battling life-threatening illnesses.

Center for Children and Families – $5,000 – To support summer field trips for Boys & Girls Club of Norman members.

Citizens Caring for Children – $20,000 – To provide children living in foster care with a shopping experience for basic necessities through their Resource Center.

Cut it Forward – $8,000 – To help launch a Crowning Curls Workshop series to help Black identifying children and their caregivers learn culturally appropriate hair and skin care.

Cycles for Life – $10,000 – To help fund a program director position for their Bike Club OKC program that teaches children proper bike safety, riding and maintenance.

Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma – $5,000 – To support an occupational therapy camp focused on fine and gross motor skill training for children with Down Syndrome.

First Serve OKC Foundation – $5,000 – To expand their elementary and middle school-aged summer tennis camps that include tennis instruction, educational lessons and life skills.

Fostering Sweet Dreams – $15,000 – To purchase new beds, mattresses and sheets for vulnerable Oklahoma children.

Freedom City – $5,000 – To support the Freedom Girls Program for 5th-8th grade girls at F.D. Moon Middle School and John Marshall Enterprise Middle School, helping them discover their voices and learn to use them to better the community.

Genesis Project – $15,000 – To provide recreational and cultural opportunities for children living at the Genesis Project’ facility.

Hearts for Hearing Foundation – $5,000 – To support their week-long day camp for school-aged children with hearing loss.

House of Healing – $5,000 – To provide underserved populations with an equine experience to help build self-worth and confidence.

Jubilee Partners Association – $5,000 – To support their Summer Kids Club for at-risk students from preschool through 8th grade.

Last Frontier Council – $12,000 – To establish seven new Cub Scout Outreach Packs in Oklahoma City Public Schools elementary schools.

Lilyfield – $7,800 – To start a preschool program for at-risk 4-year-olds in South Oklahoma City who have not yet started Pre-K.

NewView Oklahoma – $5,000 – To support a week-long camp that combines daily living skills training with social activities in a safe environment for children with low vision.

OKC Dodgers Baseball Foundation – $5,000 – To support a free rookie baseball and softball league for 5th and 6th grade students.

Oklahoma Children’s Theatre – $5,000 – To bring their Page to Stage literacy and theatre program to Pre-K students at Oklahoma City Public Schools and Lilyfield.

Oklahoma City Ballet – $10,000 – To support their BRIDGE Dance Discovery program that provides underserved children with dance classes and live performance opportunities.

Oklahoma City Police Athletic League – $10,000 – To support after-school athletic leagues for 5th and 6th grade middle school students at Oklahoma City Public Schools.

Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center – $5,000 – To support scholarships for their Camp Contemporary program that provides age-appropriate art experiences for children ages 5-12.

Oklahoma Zoological Society – $5,000 – To support OKC Zoo’s Dreamnight where children with special needs and their families can enjoy an exclusive, accessible evening at the zoo.

Opry Heritage Foundation of Oklahoma – $5,000 – To support Granville Community Music School, which provides quality music lessons to children ages 9-18 from low-income families.

OU Medicine – $15,000 – To support Elevating Arts, their artist-in-residency program that brings art and STEAM-infused artistic experiences to OU Medicine patients and their families.

Positive Tomorrows – $5,000 – To support after-school programming and full-day break camps for Positive Tomorrows students.

Prairie Dance Theatre – $5,000 – To support their Smart Moves program that engages 1st-4th graders at Oklahoma City’s Fillmore Elementary School in high-energy dance forms.

Rainbow Fleet – $10,000 – To support the addition of a Montessori classroom at their Early Education Center in Oklahoma City.

Riversport Foundation – $10,000 – To support their Youth Rowing League for middle school students at Oklahoma City Title I schools.

Sunbeam Family Services – $20,000 – To support STEAM activities for 0-3-year-old children at Sunbeam’s Early Childhood Education Centers, and an additional $15,000 to expand early learning opportunities to families in Canadian, Cleveland and Oklahoma counties.

Untitled Artspace – $5,000 – To support their Mentorship Program as it expands to include two new Title I middle schools in Oklahoma City.

YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City – $25,000 – To support the Y Clubhouse, which provides enhanced social-emotional services and enrichment programming to underserved children in Oklahoma City.

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Tracey Strader


Community Programs Manager