Culture & Community
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.
More info, including the grant guidelines, will become available closer to the grant opening date.
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- 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
Projects must take place within CANADIAN, CLEVELAND, OKLAHOMA and/or LOGAN counties.
My organization has a current grant through one of the other iFund opportunities. Am I eligible to apply for the Community & Culture iFund grant?
Yes, but only if it is for a different project. We will not consider funding the same project with two different iFund 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?
Recent Awards, 2022
Project: Inchokkaalaali’ (I’m Visiting) Assistance Program
Summary: An educational program that offers financial assistance for K-12th grade schools in central Oklahoma to take a field trip to the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma where students learn about Oklahoma’s indigenous history and the Chickasaw tribe.
deadCenter Film Festival
Project: deadCenter Continuum:
Year-Round Educational and Cultural Programming
Summary: Continuum connects audiences to films that explore a variety of cultures/populations that are underrepresented on the big screen. Activities include screenings, film discussions, education, and community gatherings presented in partnership with organizations representing specific Oklahoma City cultural communities, such as OKC Latino Young Professionals, the OKC Pride Alliance, First Americans Museum, and Freedom Oklahoma.
Oklahoma Children’s Theatre
Project: Cultural Theatre Productions
Summary: The production of two family-friendly, culturally relevant shows celebrating Oklahoma’s cultural diversity: 1) “Tomás and the Library Lady”, the true story of a young Mexican immigrant’s journey to the US, and 2) “Little Loksi”, a stage adaptation of a children’s novel by author Trey Hays that tells the story of Loksi the turtle using Chickasaw language and imagery.
Oklahoma City Ballet
Summary: A new performance in collaboration with Oklahoma Contemporary that pairs internationally acclaimed artists with Oklahoma artists to create innovative works inspired by Oklahoma culture. The premiere of “Unboxed” will take place on June 23-25, 2023, and will feature works by visual artist Yatika Starr Fields and choreographer Rena Butler. A free family matinee and movement workshop led by Founder of the Groovemeant Community and expert in street dance culture, Alfonso Pulé, will also be offered.
Oklahoma City Community College Foundation
Project: Fiestas Patrias
Summary: OCCC organized a free public festival celebrating Fiestas Patrias, a national holiday rooted in Latin cultures and celebrated as an independence holiday in Mexico, Chile, Panama, Peru and Guatemala. The festival featured the food, music, dance and heritage of the region’s growing Hispanic community. The event featured 100 performers and hosted 23 service providers and 27 vendors. OCCC provided technical assistance to many minority-owned businesses to become first-time vendors for the event.
Oklahoma City Public School District, Native American Student Services
Program: Native Knowledge OKC
Summary: OKCPS Native American Student Services (NASS) showcased and celebrated Native culture by organizing three engaging events for Oklahoma City residents. These events included an OKCPS Pow-wow, an OKCPS Stompdance, and a Native American Student Art Show.
Oklahoma Humanities Council
Program: “Let’s Talk About It” Reading and Discussion Program
Summary: A literature-based reading and discussion program that consists of scholar-led book discussions hosted by libraries, veterans’ centers, senior centers, prisons, and other nonprofits. Each program features books from one of 39 discussion themes that explore diverse Oklahoma cultural identities such as the Immigrant Experience, Civil Rights and Equality, The Modern Indigenous Experience, The Cowboy, and more.
RACE Dance Collective
Program: RACE’s Hip Hop Nutcracker – Spanish Immersion
Summary: Each year, RACE collaborates with Oklahoma City Public School District dance programs, to produce a performance that retells the traditional story of the Nutcracker through an urban lens. For the first time in its 13-year history, RACE launched a Spanish-language version of the performance alongside its English performance that was made available at no cost to the public. RACE worked with eight public school dance programs and 96 students to produce the 2023 performances.
University of Oklahoma Foundation
Program: Five Moons Dance Festival
Summary: The OU School of Dance held its 2nd Five Moons Dance Festival celebrating the five Native American ballerinas from Oklahoma known as the Five Moons. As part of the event, NYC-based choreographer Sidra Bell taught a master class for seven Native American dance students from Osage County. Sidra is the first black female choreographer commissioned by the NYC Ballet and her critically acclaimed work has been seen throughout the US and internationally.