Lawton Community Foundation
Quanah Parker Dam, Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge near Lawton. Photo by Dennis Spielman
Making a Difference in Lawton Since 1999
The Lawton Community Foundation works to improve the quality of life in the Lawton area through its Community Grants program and a Matching Grant program for nonprofit organizations that have charitable organization endowment funds or intend to establish such a fund with the Lawton Community Foundation.
Something that we can probably all agree on – this past year proved to be quite difficult in a lot of different ways. Like the rest of the state and the nation, our community saw inflation climb to record numbers, and many of our citizens were deeply affected. Traditionally, our economy experiences ups and downs, and to say that last year was a down year would be an understatement. It’s during these downturns that communities and people come together. We tend to turn to our neighbors and pay a little more attention to each other’s needs. The spirit of what it means to be an Oklahoman became evident in Lawton, and we were able to continue our tradition of support throughout our entire community. Thanks to the focus on sustainability and the investment policy of the Lawton Community Foundation – we found a way to help those in need and to improve the lives of so many friends and neighbors, even during an economic slowdown.
This year our citizens continued to invest in our community, even when things looked bleak. I am so proud to be part of Lawton, and it was amazing to see so many of our fellow citizens pull together to help one another.
This annual report reminds us how much our community comes together to create a lasting impact on Lawton and the surrounding area.
— David Towe, Lawton Community Foundation President
The Lawton Community Foundation community grants program supports programs and projects in these designated communities that will improve the quality of life and provide opportunities for citizens to improve themselves and their communities. Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to qualified nonprofit organizations or entities of state and local government for appropriate projects that have the following characteristics:
The project should be new or a significant expansion of a current effort which will provide positive additional impact to the community.
The project should benefit a broad range of individuals in the community and not be limited to a small group.
The project should have matching support from other resources in the community.
The program is designed to enhance the quality of life and provide opportunities for Lawton area citizens to improve themselves and the community.
Matching grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to qualified nonprofit organizations that have charitable organization endowment funds with the Lawton Community Foundation or would like to start a charitable organization endowment fund with the Lawton Community Foundation.
If you would like to apply for a Community Grant, please email us. Briefly explain the project for which your organization is seeking funding. You will then be provided a link to the grant application. If you would like to apply for a Matching Grant, please email Jennifer Stewart with your request and how you plan to raise the required $2,500 of the $5,000 from individuals. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer and Keaton Van Sickle at the email above.