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Culture & Community

Previous Grantees

Cultural experiences have the power to enrich lives, expand knowledge, foster collaboration, and bring communities together around shared interests. Oklahoma’s rich cultural heritage encompasses a diverse array of traditions, artistic expressions, social practices, historical and intellectual achievements, and unique local cultures. Our goal is to support projects that celebrate and preserve these important elements of Oklahoma’s cultural fabric.

Application Process

More info, including the grant guidelines, will become available closer to the grant opening date.

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Important Dates

  • Grant Application Opens: Monday, April 29, 2024
  • Grant Information Meeting: 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2024
  • Letter of Interest (LOI) Deadline: 5 p.m. on Friday, June 21, 2024
  • Grant Application Deadline: 5 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2024
  • Decision Notification Timeline: End of August 2024

Geographic Focus

Projects must take place within CANADIAN, CLEVELAND, OKLAHOMA and/or LOGAN counties.

FAQs

My organization has a current grant through one of the other Community Grant opportunities. Am I eligible to apply for the Community & Culture grant?

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

Are applications submitted online?

Yes, after submitting an Letter of Intent (please refer to the guidelines). If your proposed project meets the guidelines, you will receive access to the online application.

Will the organizations that apply receive notification if they are not approved?
Yes, all organizations that apply will be notified of funding decisions.
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Recent Grants

Educational Programming

Greater Oklahoma City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation – $20,000 – To support “Emprendedoras Rising,” an initiative empowering women entrepreneurs in the Greater OKC area.

Harding Fine Arts Academy Foundation – $5,000 – To support their Ignite Master Artist Series, which showcases Asian-American and Pacific-Islander art and culture.

Oklahoma Humanities Council – $25,000 – To support “Let’s Talk About It,” a free reading and book discussion program that explores diverse cultural themes.

Opry Heritage Foundation of Oklahoma – $20,000 – To support their Transforming Lives Through Music program that provides free and affordable music lessons for veterans and low-income children.

Thick Descriptions – $10,000 – To help launch steAm Learning Journey, a program preserving the history and stories from historic Black towns in Oklahoma.

WestTen District – $5,000 – To fund two historical marker signs as part of the Oklahoma Historical Marker program.

Visual Arts

deadCenter Film – $15,000 – To support Continuum, their year-round community outreach program offering free film screenings showcasing filmmakers from underrepresented communities.

Oklahoma Hall of Fame – $5,000 – To support their Art in Community exhibitions that emphasize cultural identity, history and unique art practices.

Oklahoma Mural Syndicate – $25,000 – To transform blank walls into vibrant art in the Plaza District.

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition – $15,000 – To support Momentum, a two-day showcase dedicated to Oklahoma artists under the age of 30.

Untitled Artspace – $10,000 – To support “Indigenous Alchemy: Perspectives from Oklahoma Printmakers,” an art exhibition focusing on Native American printmakers in Oklahoma.

Urban Bridge – $20,000 – To support Bridging the Past, Present, and Future for Eastside Youth, a collaboration with an African American muralist to create two murals in northeast Oklahoma City.

Performing Arts

Carpenter Square Theatre – $10,000 – To support Best in Ten, a readers’ theatre program featuring four short, 10-minute plays.

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma – $5,000 – To support OKLAHOMA! Interactive, a dynamic learning experience with pre-show curriculum and live performances.

Oklahoma Children’s Theatre – $15,000 – To support their tour of Oklahoma’s Own, a play highlighting some of Oklahoma’s diverse historical figures.

Oklahoma City Ballet – $20,000 – To help fund Spider Brings Fire, a new ballet based on an ancient Chickasaw legend.

Oklahoma City Repertory Theater – $15,000 – To help bring VIETGONE, a comedy about Vietnamese immigrants in an Arkansas refugee camp, to their Spring 2024 season.

Prairie Dance Theatre – $8,000 – To support a collaboration with Eterna Primavera to enhance and broaden their educational programming.

RACE Dance Collective – $15,000 – To support their Hip-Hop Nutcracker, which reimagines the traditional story of The Nutcracker with an urban Oklahoma perspective.

Festivals & Public Events

Association of Physicians of Pakistani-Descent of North America – $5,000 – To support the 2024 Pakistan Day Celebration.

Black Liberated Arts Center – $10,000 – To support the 2024 Charlie Christian International Music Festival celebrating the city’s musical heritage.

Oklahoma City Community College Foundation – $15,000 – To support OCCC’s Fiestas Patrias, a one-day celebration of Hispanic national pride, independence and culture.

Oklahoma City Public Schools – $10,000 – To extend Native American culture knowledge to Oklahoma City residents through four community events.

Olde Capitol Hill Council – $20,000 – To support Fiestas De las Americas, a day-long celebration of Latino culture.

Plaza District Association – $15,000 – To support two arts and culture initiatives: Calderon Dance Festival and LIVE! on The Plaza.

Rose State College Foundation – $5,000 – To support a community event highlighting the history of Midwest City, Tinker Air Force Base and their ongoing partnership.

University of Oklahoma Foundation – $20,000 – To provide students from across Oklahoma the opportunity to showcase their use of Native languages.

Chickasaw Foundation – $15,000 – To support their Inchokkaalaali’ (I’m Visiting) Assistance Program for K-12th grade schools in central Oklahoma.

deadCenter Film Festival – $20,000 – To support Continuum, a year-round program exploring underrepresented cultures and populations through film.

Oklahoma Children’s Theatre – $26,000 – To support the production of two family-friendly, culturally relevant shows celebrating Oklahoma’s cultural diversity.

Oklahoma City Ballet – $30,000 – To support a performance collaboration with Oklahoma Contemporary that pairs internationally acclaimed and Oklahoma artists to create innovative works inspired by Oklahoma culture.

Oklahoma Community College Foundation – $25,000 – To support Fiestas Patrias, a free public festival celebrating independence for Mexico, Chile, Panama, Peru and Guatemala.

Oklahoma City Public School District Native American Student Services – $15,000 – To support the celebration of Native cultures through an OKCPS Pow-wow, Stompdance and Native American Student Art Show.

Oklahoma Humanities Council – $25,000 – To support “Let’s Talk About It,” a scholar-led book discussion program exploring diverse Oklahoma cultural identities.

RACE Dance Collective – $15,000 – To support a free Spanish-language version of their annual Hip Hop Nutcracker.

University of Oklahoma Foundation – $12,000 – To support their Five Moons Dance Festival celebrating the five Native American ballerinas from Oklahoma.

How Can We Help You?

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Leslie Woodward


Community Programs Manager

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Keaton Van Sickle


Programs Associate