A Lasting Impact in Lawton

The Lawton Community Foundation takes pride in facilitating philanthropy throughout southwest Oklahoma. Since 1999, the generosity of our donors has allowed us to reinvest $4.5 million back in to the Lawton area through scholarships, community and matching grants and endowment distributions to charitable organizations. This year, we helped enrich the programs of 19 charitable organizations by awarding $69,100 in grants and $20,000 in scholarships.

Through the pages of our 2017 Annual Report, you’ll hear from Lawton’s donors, charitable organizations and future leaders on why they love Lawton, and how important it is for our community to provide perpetual support.

We hope you will be as inspired as we are about the generosity that is shaping our community. As we look forward to 2018, we are excited to see how, by working together, we can continue to make a lasting impact on Lawton and the surrounding area.

Grants Available for Lawton Area Nonprofits

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The United Way of Southwest Oklahoma has received a total of $7,000 in Community Grants from the Lawton Community Foundation for the past two consecutive years to support their Success by 6 program. The educational initiative promotes reading among children age 6 and younger to ensure they are ready to succeed when they start school.

Nonprofit organizations from Lawton and the surrounding area are invited to apply for grants from the Lawton Community Foundation. Grants will be awarded through two programs to qualified charitable organizations serving southwest Oklahoma. The deadline to submit applications is July 3, 2017.

Community Grants of up to $5,000 each are available for projects designed to improve the quality of life and provide opportunities for a broad range of Lawton area citizens. Qualified nonprofit organizations, as well as state and local government entities, are eligible to apply. In 2016, nine charitable organizations were awarded $32,875 in Community Grants.

Matching Grants will also be awarded to charitable organizations with endowment funds at the Lawton Community Foundation, or those interested in establishing an endowment fund. Eligible organizations must provide programs primarily benefiting southwest Oklahoma. Applying organizations are required to raise $5,000 to receive a matching grant between $2,500 and $5,000. In 2016, 13 nonprofits were awarded $41,600 in Matching Grants.

“Our aim with these programs is to meet the changing needs of the Lawton community,” said George Bridges, president of the Lawton Community Foundation Board of Trustees. “We also want to stress the importance of stabilizing future support of nonprofits by building endowment funds. The Lawton Community Foundation is pleased to support both initiatives through these grant opportunities.”

All grant applications must be submitted online by July 3, 2017. Visit LawtonCF.org/grantopportunities for grant guidelines. Interested organizations may gain access to the online grant applications by emailing a brief explanation of your project to Jennifer Stewart.

The request for the link to the online application must be submitted no later than June 29, 2017. Any requests after that time will not be considered.