Parks & Public Space Initiative/Margaret Annis Boys Trust Grant Application Guidelines and Information

Upcoming Grant Application Deadlines:
July 16, 2018

► Overview
The Parks & Public Spaces/Margaret Annis Boys Trust Grants support the development of parks and other outdoor spaces to meet the health, cultural and recreational needs of citizens in Oklahoma County.  The grants will support planning, implementation and/or program development to encourage use of neighborhood and community public parks or spaces open to the public.
► Goals & Objectives

 

  1. To increase utilization of neighborhood parks, neighborhood school parks, trails and other spaces open to the public for recreation, cultural and health improvement.
  2. To improve parks, trails and public spaces while providing programming consistent with the priorities identified in the 2013 Oklahoma City Parks Master Plan.
  3. To engage community groups, neighborhoods, corporations, municipalities and other nonprofit organizations in improving our neighborhood parks, school parks and trails and the programs that are in them.
  4. To increase community stewardship of parks, school parks, trails and public spaces.
► Who is eligible to apply?

 

  • Neighborhood and community groups and churches connected to parks, schools, trails and other public spaces are eligible to apply.
  • Any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides direct services and has a governing board based in Oklahoma County is eligible to apply.
  • Local government agencies or state and city-connected agencies may apply.
  • Projects and programs must take place in an Oklahoma County-located park or publicly-used space (park-like school grounds, trails) and must be consistent with what the 2013 Oklahoma City Parks Master Plan.
  • Funds provided by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation in support of identified parks projects or programs will be held in escrow and will be distributed as expenses are incurred.
  • Oklahoma City Community Foundation staff members will lend expertise in horticulture, landscaping, planning and programming in support of each park project and program from start to finish in addition to the funding.
  • Grant awards will vary dependent on size and complexity of the projects.
► Priorities for projects to be considered

 

  1. Meet an identified public need in a publicly accessible area.
  2. Engage user groups and involve surrounding neighborhoods to accomplish goals.
  3. Are in an existing park, trail, school park or publicly-used space within Oklahoma County.
  4. Are supported by and benefit a wide variety of people and organizations.
  5. Are consistent with the 2013 Oklahoma City Parks Master Plan strategies (occf.org/okcparksplan).
  6. Have a clear and feasible plan, vision and budget.
  7. Are ready for work and performable within the next year after identification as a funded project or program.
  8. Have groups involved who contribute both volunteer hours and financial resources  beyond what is provided by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation to the projects and programs.
  9. Have physical improvements that include appropriate location, installation and maintenance plans.
  10. Have a clear evaluation component to review the success of the projects and programs and ensure continued maintenance and sustainability.

NOTE: All physical improvement plans are subject to city regulations and all applicable permits. In some cases approved projects may require more public involvement, possibly including: Oklahoma City Council support, Planning Department approval, Parks Commission approval, school board approval, etc. If a project is accepted, the goal of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is to help with this process. However, the responsibility for this process lies with the funded organization. All awards are contingent upon approval by appropriate government entities.

► Application Process
Grant applications will be accepted via an online process after an organization has requested and been invited to apply. Prior to receiving an application to apply, applicants must contact Brian Dougherty at b.dougherty@occf.org  or by phone at 405-235-5603 no later than July 9, 2018 to ensure your project is within the scope of the Parks Initiative Grant criteria. If granted, the invitation to apply will include an access code and URL link for the online application.

The application will require you to describe the specific project, program and services for which funding support is requested as well as provide a budget and documentation of need in the community. Some attachments will be required.

► Grant Project Narrative, Budget & Evaluation
The grant applications includes specific questions that must be answered to provide a narrative explanation for the project. In addition to the narrative questions, a project/program budget and a project/program evaluation or outcome measurement plan will be required. Some narrative questions included:

  1. How does your project or program meet the goals of the Parks & Public Space Initiative?
  2. What specific population is targeted and why? Note that populations without access to services will be a priority.
  3. What need will the program or project address to serve this targeted population?
  4. How will individuals learn about the program or how are they encouraged to participate (i.e. methods of marketing and promoting the program or service) and how will collaborations be formed?
  5. Describe the specific services that will be provided, including the location (within Oklahoma County) and time period. The program or project should typically be implemented within 90 days of receiving notice of funding.
  6. Describe the experience of the organization in providing this service
  7. If the request is for a program or project that will have ongoing needs, please describe the organization’s plan for continued funding and maintenance.
► Grant Deadline and Notification
Deadline for submission of all grant application materials is by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 16, 2018. The grant application will be reviewed by a committee and funding recommendations forwarded to the board of Trustees. Grantees will be notified of a decision by late February.
► Reporting
Grantees will be required to submit evaluation reports via an online process for one (1) year after the award has been made or until the funded program/project is completed.
► Questions & Clarifications
Please submit any questions or a need for clarification on any aspect of the application requirements to b.dougherty@occf.org and note in the subject line “Parks Initiative Grant Application.” Replies will be provided in a timely manner during the work week (not including any holidays). Questions will not be answered after the deadline.
► Recent Grants
City of Bethany – $13,800 to plant trees in Eldon Lyon Park and Ripper Park through a parks improvement project for the city of Bethany.

Gatewood Elementary – $10,310 for a shade structure and basketball goals to continue to activate the school grounds as a public park.

Girl Scouts – Western Oklahoma – $26,000 to help develop a new urban camp facility on land adjacent to the Oklahoma City Zoo.

John Marshall High School – $6,310 for phase two of a beautification project to plant trees at the Oklahoma City public high school.

Metro Technology Centers – $9,100 to plant trees at the Springlake campus to help facilitate walking and wellness activities.

Mid-Del Public Schools – $7,000 for playground improvement at Epperly Heights Elementary to facilitate student activities and activate the space as a public park for the surrounding community.

Millwood Elementary School – $20,611 to plant trees and add soccer goals and a backstop to the campus creating a community and school recreation area.

Oklahoma Christian University – $11,500 to plant trees along Oklahoma Christian University’s Eagle Trail, which connects with the Edmond trails system, to encourage greater use of the trail by students and the surrounding community.

Oklahoma City Community College – $12,000 to plant trees along walkways of the campus to further activate the space for students and the surrounding community.

Venice Neighborhood Association – $9,000 to plant trees in public medians along Venice Boulevard northwest of downtown Oklahoma City.