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Classroom Enhancement Grants

Guidelines | Limitations | Eligibility | Application Process | Resources | Recent Grants

Next grant deadline: Sept. 13, 2019

The Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation was started in 1995 to improve the quality of life in designated rural communities in southern Oklahoma. The Trustees established the Classroom Enhancement Grant Program to enhance the classroom experience in selected rural school districts in Oklahoma.

Grants of up to $5,000 are available to eligible public school classrooms and public school libraries, grades pre-K through 12, for enhancement projects that provide an opportunity to enrich the teaching environment in the following areas: 1)Arts and Humanities, 2) Science or 3) Literacy. Projects should be integrated into the academic curriculum and provide students with a significant opportunity to expand their knowledge or understanding in the specific area of study. Find a list of resources here.

Application Process
Please email s.astrin@occf.org with a one-paragraph description of your proposed grant idea by Sept. 6, 2019. Please describe your proposal in the body of the email. No attachments will be accepted. If approved, applicants will receive an invitation to apply online with an access code and link to the online application via email. Grant awards will be announced in October 2019.

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation administers this grant program for the Trustees of the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation. Please contact info@ruraloklahoma.org if you have any questions or need any additional information.

Funding for the following items will generally be excluded unless essential to the success of the program:

  • Videos or DVDs
  • Office equipment or furniture
  • Computers, SMART boards, projectors, televisions or iPads
  • Athletic, extracurricular or service learning activities or equipment
  • Multi-media equipment such as digital cameras and video equipment

To be eligible for a Classroom Enhancement grant, schools must be located within the counties and districts listed below, and must have a Rural: Fringe, Rural: Distant or Rural: Remote Urban-Centric Locale Code from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Eligible public schools (grades Pre-K thru 12) must be located within the counties and districts listed below:

Eligible counties: Adair, Atoka, Bryan, Caddo, Cherokee, Choctaw, Coal, Greer, Harmon, Haskell, Jackson, Johnston, Kiowa, Latimer, McCurtain, McIntosh, Okfuskee, Pushmataha, Tillman, Washita

Specifically, the following school districts are eligible to apply:

Adair County: Belfonte, Cave Springs, Dahlonegah, Greasy, Maryetta, Peavine, Watts, Westville, Zion

Atoka County: Atoka, Caney, Harmony, Lane, Stringtown, Tushka

Bryan County: Achille, Bennington, Caddo, Colbert, Rock Creek, Silo

Caddo County: Binger-Oney, Apache, Carnegie, Cement, Cyril, Fort Cobb-Broxton, Gracemont, Hinton, Lookeba-Sickles

Cherokee County: Briggs, Grand View, Hulbert, Keys, Lowrey, Norwood, Peggs, Shady Grove, Tenkiller, Woodall

Choctaw County: Boswell, Fort Towson, Hugo, Soper, Swink

Coal County: Coalgate, Cottonwood, Tupelo

Greer County: Granite, Lakeside

Harmon County: Hollis

Haskell County: Keota, Kinta, McCurtain, Whitefield

Jackson County: Blair, Duke, Navajo, Olustee

Johnston County: Coleman, Mannsville, Milburn, Mill Creek, Ravia, Tishomingo, Wapanucka

Kiowa County: Lone Wolf, Mountain View-Gotebo, Snyder

Latimer County: Buffalo Valley, Panola, Red Oak

McCurtain County: Battiest, Eagletown, Forest Grove, Glover, Haworth, Holly Creek, Lukfata, Smithville, Valliant, Wright City

McIntosh County: Eufala, Hanna, Ryal, Stidham

Okfuskee County: Bearden, Graham-Dustin, Mason, Okemah, Paden, Weleetka

Pushmataha County: Albion, Antlers, Clayton, Moyers, Nashoba, Rattan, Tuskahoma

Tillman County: Grandfield, Oklahoma Youth Academy, Tipton

Washita County: Burns Flat-Dill City, Canute, Sentinel

The goal of the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation Classroom Enhancement Grant program is to enhance the classroom experience for rural students by providing opportunities designed to enrich traditional curriculum. The resources below offer a variety of ideas and opportunities in the program’s three focus areas that we hope will assist you in developing your project.

Arts and Humanities
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Recent Grants
In the fall of 2018, the trustees of the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation approved $38,821 in grants to 14 public schools located in rural Oklahoma:

Bokoshe Public School (LeFlore County)
Bokoshe FFA Aqua-Farming Enterprise - $5,000
To enhance science curriculum through the addition of an aquaponics system.

Burns Flat-Dill City School District, Will Rogers Elementary (Washita County)
Performances with Cordless Microphones - $1,500
To enrich the drama/theatre department’s activities and plays with cordless microphones.

Canute Public Schools (Washita County)
Passport to Genres - $2,605
To improve literacy through the purchase of new library books and introduce students to Oklahoma author Una Belle Townsend through an in-school author visit.

Coalgate Public Schools, E. E. Emerson Elementary (Coal County)
Take Ctrl: Coding for the Future - $4,959
To provide iPads and coding programs for students participating in Gifted and Talented and after-school programs.

Gracemont High School (Caddo County)
Bone Detectives - $1,674
To enhance science curriculum through the purchase of forensic facial reconstruction lab kits and fund costs for a field trip to the Museum of Osteology.

Muldrow High School (Sequoyah County)
GO SEE DO! - $2,890
To advance science learning opportunities by bringing OSU’s Insect Adventure to the school and to fund trips to the Museum of Osteology, Oklahoma City Zoo and the Tulsa Aquarium.

Talihina High School (LeFlore County)
Reading Rocks! Inspiring Teens to Read - $5,000
To improve literacy in English classes and book clubs by purchasing books for library and classroom sets.

Tupelo Elementary (Coal County)
An Amazing Race Through Oklahoma!- $1,189
To enhance educational opportunities by funding an interactive field trip to the Oklahoma History Museum that includes a game for students to play on the trip.

Vian Elementary School (Sequoyah County)
Outdoor Classroom - $4,000
To enhance the science curriculum for kindergarten-5th grade classes with the addition of an outdoor classroom.

Watts School (Adair County)
"Egg"celent Readers - $1,650
To improve literacy by purchasing a one-year subscription to an online reading program known as Reading Eggs.

Watts Elementary School (Adair County)
Bob Ross is in the House! - $1,428
To enrich arts learning opportunities by funding field trips to the Amazeum, Crystal Bridges and Heritage Cultural Center by purchasing art supplies to correspond with field trips.

Watts School (Adair County)
Bringing Reading to Life - $1,260
To improve literacy through the purchase of new library books and introduce students to Oklahoma author Tammi Sauer through an in-school author visit.

Westville Junior High (Adair County)
Project Brain Gain - $2,000
To enhance science curriculum by providing a hands-on, integrated lab experience for every science unit throughout the year.

Whitefield Public School (Haskell County)
Discovering the Beauty Within: Our Butterfly Project - $3,666
To enhance the science curriculum by funding a trip to the Oklahoma City Zoo and purchasing butterfly kits for each classroom.