The Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation was founded in 1995 to enhance the quality of life for citizens residing in designated rural Oklahoma communities. To achieve this mission, the Foundation provides opportunities for educational, economic, and civic advancement, which includes enhancing the classroom experience for students. Established by the Foundation’s Trustees, the Classroom Enhancement Grants Program is an opportunity for educators to go beyond traditional curriculum and enrich the teaching environment for their students.
The main goals of the Rural Oklahoma Classroom Enhancement Grants program are:
- To provide educators the opportunity to implement activities and projects that go beyond the traditional classroom curricula to enhance their students’ learning experiences.
- To provide students with resources they would not otherwise have access to in their everyday classroom environments.
Preference will be given to projects that are creative/innovative, provide experiential and/or hands-on learning opportunities and are strategically used to supplement and enhance traditional academic curricula in the areas of study outlined below.
|Grant Opens:||Tuesday, August 2, 2022|
|Deadline to request access |
to the application:
|Tuesday, September 13, 2022, at 5:00 pm|
|Grant application deadline:||Friday, September 16, 2022, at 5:00 pm|
|Decision notification timeline:||All applicants will be notified of final decisions |
by mid-October 2022
|Timeline to implement classroom|
|October 2022 – May 2023 (end of school year)|
Areas of Study
Grants are available to Pre-K through 12th-grade classrooms, in eligible public school districts, for projects that provide students with a significant opportunity to enhance their learning experience in the following areas of study: 1) STEM, 2) Literacy, 3) Arts & Culture and 4) History
*Please note the following:
- No virtual or distance learning projects will be considered for funding.
- Requests to support Accelerated Reader must be supplemented with activities and/or curricula that go beyond the traditional AR approach.
Each classroom can apply for up to $5,000.
Public schools (grades Pre-K through 12) located in the counties and corresponding school districts below are eligible to apply.
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: Cave Springs, Dahlonegah, Greasy, Maryetta, Peavine, Rocky Mountain, Stilwell, 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
- Coal County: Coalgate, Cottonwood, Tupelo
- Greer County: Granite, Lakeside
- Harmon County: Hollis
- Haskell County: Keota, Kinta, McCurtain, Whitefield
- Jackson County: Blair, Duke, Navajo, Olustee-Eldorado
- 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, Denison, Eagletown, Forest Grove, Glover, Haworth, Holly Creek, Lukfata, Smithville, Valliant, Wright City
- McIntosh County: Eufaula, Hanna, Ryal, Stidham
- Okfuskee County: Bearden, Graham-Dustin, Mason, Okemah, Paden, Weleetka
- Pushmataha County: Albion, Antlers, Clayton, Moyers, Nashoba, Rattan, Tuskahoma
- Tillman County: Davidson, Grandfield, Oklahoma Youth Academy, Tipton
- Washita County: Burns Flat-Dill City, Canute, Sentinel
Step 1 – Request Access to the Official Application
To gain access to the online application, all potential applicants must email firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5:00 pm on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 with the information below:
- The name of the applicant’s school and school district
- The school’s physical address
- The name and title of the applicant
- A brief 1-2 paragraph summary of the proposed project. As part of your summary, please explain how your project enhances traditional academic curriculum and include the grade levels and approximate number of students that will directly benefit from the project.
Step 2 – Complete and Submit an Official Application
If your request to access an official application is approved, you will receive an email with an access code and link to the online application.
Note: We advise that applicants request access as early as possible to ensure enough time is available to submit a well-developed and complete proposal.
Grantees will be required to submit a midterm and final evaluation report via our online grants platform.
Funding for the following items will generally not be supported unless essential to the success of the project:
- Office equipment or furniture
- Computers (including Chromebooks), SMART boards, projectors, televisions, iPads, hot spots, or any hardware designed for virtual/distance learning
- Athletic, extracurricular or service-learning activities or equipment
- Videos or DVDs
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 & Culture
- Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park
- Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition
- Red Earth
- Oklahoma Arts Council
- Lyric Theatre
- Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art
- Oklahoma Children’s Theatre
- Oklahoma City Ballet
- Oklahoma City Philharmonic
- Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
- Museum of Osteology
- Sam Noble Museum
- Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom
- Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum
- National Weather Center
- Oklahoma Blue Thumb
- Oklahoma Energy Resources Board
- Oklahoma City Zoo
- Science Museum Oklahoma
- Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium
- 3-D Science Teaching and Learning (Oklahoma State Department of Education)
- STEM Subject Area Websites (Oklahoma State Department of Education)
- Oklahoma State Department of Education Reading and Literacy Resources
- OETA Ready to Learn
- Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
- Oklahoma Department of Libraries
- Newspapers in Education
- International Literacy Association
- National Education Association: Read Across America
- Newseum Ed
- Oklahoma History Center
- Edmond Historical Society & Museum
- Cherokee Heritage Center
- Gilcrease Museum
- Museum of the Red River
- National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
- Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum
- Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
- Oklahoma Humanities Council
- The Dust Bowl (PBS)
Canute Public Schools (Washita County)
Reading in the Wild
$2,000 to support an interactive reading and learning opportunity about nature and wildlife.
Cement Public Schools (Caddo County)
Improving the Accelerated Reader program
$3,000 to add and update books for the library’s Accelerated Reader program.
Fort Cobb Broxton Public Schools (Caddo County)
Aquaponics System Research
$4,050 to support aquaponics research to expand students’ agricultural literacy and enhance STEM learning.
Granite Public Schools (Greer County)
Ready to Succeed Initiative
$1,000 to purchase tested reading materials for each classroom setting.
Keys Public Schools (Cherokee County)
Paintings and Ceramic Art
$1,000 to purchase acrylic paints and canvases for students to paint and display at the school.
Lowrey Public School District (Cherokee County)
Students Tumble for Literacy
$1,600 to purchase a collection of interactive eBooks and enhance students’ learning opportunities.
Mannsville School (Johnston County)
ABC’s at My Fingertips
$1,000 to purchase auditory and kinesthetic learning activities for special education students.
Navajo Public Schools (Jackson County)
Stories for Students
$1,000 to purchase fiction books for fourth-grade classrooms.
Rattan Elementary School (Pushmataha County)
Accelerated Reader Book Gran
$3,000 to purchase books for the Accelerated Reader program.
Tishomingo Public Schools (Johnston County)
Let the Sun Shine and the Wind Blow, Renewable Energy Lessons
$4,992 to purchase a hands-on, cross-curricular component on renewable energy sources for sixth- and seventh-grade students.
Tishomingo Public Schools (Johnston County)
Today’s Readers are Tomorrow’s Leaders
$5,000 to purchase an online book subscription to enhance the Accelerated Reader program.
Watts Public Schools (Adair County)
$4,000 to support an aquaponics programs and enhance agricultural education.
Westville Public Schools (Adair County)
Researching the Deep
$500 to enhance science curriculum with a trip to the Oklahoma Aquarium.
Westville Public Schools (Adair County)
Art Enhancement Through the Ages
$600 to supplement art history lessons with a trip to the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah, OK.
Whitefield Public Schools (Haskell County)
Science Inquiry Takes Flight: Combining Literacy and STEM in the Elementary Classroom
$3,400 to enhance STEM curriculum with elements and excursions around environmental science, rocketry and space exploration.