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

Upcoming Grant Application Deadlines:
Jan. 15, 2018
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 (
  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  or by phone at 405-235-5603 no later than Jan. 8, 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, Jan. 15, 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 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.
► Fiscal Year 2017 Grants
Bodine Home and School Association – $25,000 for playground equipment at Bodine Elementary School located in southeast Oklahoma City.

City Care OKC – $25,000 to sprig with Bermuda grass and eradicate sand burrs to activate 2.6 acres of the public park at Crystal Lake located at 6901 SW 15th St. in Oklahoma City.

City of Midwest City – $24,000 for essential signage on the Midwest City trails.

Fields and Futures – $35,000 for the planting of trees and installation of a shade canopy and seating wall at Star Spencer High School to help activate the school grounds as a public park.

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

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

Midtown Redevelopment Corporation – $27,500 for trees, picnic tables, park benches and bike racks at Red Andrews Park located at NW 8th St. in Oklahoma City.

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.

Myriad Gardens Foundation – $25,000 for plant materials to help create two shade demonstration gardens in existing shady locations within the Garden grounds.

Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation – $11,000 for public benches in the RIVERSPORT Rapids area.

Oklahoma City Housing Authority – $25,450 for trees and landscaping on the perimeter sidewalks of the Sooner Haven public housing development located in northeast Oklahoma City.

Prairie Queen Neighborhood – $30,000 for the installation of a walking track and soccer goals at Prairie Queen Elementary in south Oklahoma City.

Progress OKC – $8,250 for 30 tree plantings at Washington Park located at Northeast 4th Street and North High Avenue.

Putnam Heights Preservation Area – $8,750 to plant trees in medians and common areas of the Putnam Heights Neighborhood located between Northwest 34th and 39th Streets and North Georgia Avenue and Classen Boulevard in Oklahoma City.

Rollingwood Elementary/Rollingwood Neighborhood – $30,000 for the installation of a futsal court at Rollingwood Elementary in the Putnam City School District.

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