The Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation was established in 1995 to improve the quality of life in designated rural Oklahoma communities. In April 2019, the trustees established Network Grants to collaborate with nonprofit partners with the proven capacity and expertise to provide programming in multiple rural communities. These grants are designed to have a broader impact by reaching more people in underserved rural communities.
- By invitation only to qualified nonprofit organizations or entities of state and local government.
- Program delivery must take place in communities with a population of 6,000 people or less, within one of the following counties: Adair, Atoka, Bryan, Cherokee, Choctaw, Coal, Haskell, Johnston, Latimer, McCurtain, McIntosh, Okfuskee and Pushmataha.
- Grants of up to $40,000 in the areas of Arts/Culture/Humanities, Libraries/Literacy and Health & Safety are made to organizations who are invited to apply for innovative, far-reaching projects.
Cimarron Opera – $25,000
To bring professional-level opera performances and complemental educational experiences to schools and public libraries in Cherokee, Coal, and Haskell counties.
Oklahoma Children’s Theatre – $28,000
To offer a week-long school residency & after-school production opportunity to provide arts integration activities to rural schools.
Oklahoma Dental Foundation – $40,000
For the MobileSmiles (MSO) Dental Caring Van program that will bring critical dental care to McIntosh and Okfuskee counties.