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Opportunities for Children

Grants are awarded to charitable organizations that provide direct services for children from birth to age 14 and offer access to opportunities.

Access to Grant Application Deadline: July 9, 2019
Grant Application Deadline: July 15, 2019
Grant Application Guidelines

Opportunities for Children iFund FAQ

  1. Who is eligible to receive an Opportunities for Children iFund grant?
    501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that provide direct services for children in the central Oklahoma area and have governing boards based in the central Oklahoma area are eligible to apply. Applicants must be an employee of the nonprofit organization and the organization must have a GiveSmartOKC profile.
  2. Can funds from this grant opportunity support operating costs?
    The only staff costs that will be considered will be those directly related to the service provided. No administrative costs will be considered.
  3. What is the grant amount awarded per organization?
    Grants will range from $5,000 - $40,000
  4. How can I apply?
    Email the name of your organization, a brief description of your project, the target population served by the project and how funds from the Community Foundation will be utilized to ifund@occf.org before the access deadline passes.
  5. What program and projects are considered?
    • Programming/services for pre-school aged children focused on school readiness
    • Supportive services for foster children
    • Recreational, social and cultural activities for children who otherwise would not have the opportunity to participate
    Preference given to applications that:
    • Serve children with physical or intellectual disabilities
    • Serve children age birth – 14 years old
    • Demonstrate a collaborative partnership between two or more organizations.
    Please review guidelines for more details.
  6. What does the Opportunities for Children iFund generally not fund?
    No grants will be made for capital campaigns, fundraising events, research projects, vehicle purchases, clinical equipment or facility construction.
  7. If my organization received an Opportunities for Children iFund grant last year, am I eligible to apply this year?
    You may apply this year if the grant is fully closed, meaning all funds have been expended and all follow-up grant reports have been submitted.
  8. My organization has a current grant through one of the other iFund opportunities (Access to Health Care or Services for the Elderly). Am I eligible to apply for the Opportunities for Children iFund grant?
    Yes, but only if it is for a different program. We will not consider funding the same program with two different iFund grants.
  9. Are applications submitted online?
    Yes, after submitting an email requesting access to the application (see question 4). If your proposed program and organization appear to meet the guidelines, you will receive an email with a link and access code to the online application.
  10. 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 end of August.
  11. What is the logic model which is referenced in the grant application and follow-up reporting?
    A logic model is the visual tool which depicts the shared relationship between the resources, activities, outputs, outcomes and the intended impact of the program. Click here to view the logic model. Click here to view the logic model.

2017 Grants

Arts Council of Oklahoma City - $9,050 for the All Access Arts after-school program to provide arts education in two Oklahoma City public schools.

Beta Eta Lambda Scholarship Foundation - $5,000 for robotics camp for Alpha Boys Institute serving young boys in northeast Oklahoma City.

Boy Scouts of America Last Frontier Council - $20,000 for recruitment of new urban Cub Scout Packs.

Citizens Caring for Children - $15,000 to provide clothes, books and other supplies for foster children through the Resource Center.

El Sistema Oklahoma - $15,000 to provide after-school music education for Oklahoma City-area students.

Genesis Project - $10,000 to provide social and cultural activities for children in DHS custody living at the group home.

Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma - $18,000 for recruitment of Girl Scouts and development of new troops.

Hearts for Hearing Foundation - $15,841 for support group for hearing-impaired children.

Oklahoma Children’s Theatre - $15,000 for the Page to Stage literacy and arts program for kindergarten through fourth-grade students.

Oklahoma City Museum of Art - $9,000 for arts outreach program for children in the St. Anthony Behavioral Medicine Center.

Oklahoma Cleats for Kids - $10,000 for athletic shoes for children in need.

Positive Tomorrows - $20,000 to expand extracurricular and after-school activities for pre-K students.

Prairie Dance Theatre - $8,000 to expand the Youth Company to include dance camps and additional performance opportunities.

Youth and Family Services, Inc. (El Reno) - $18,715 for the Body, Mind and Spirit Recovery program for foster children.

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