Network Grants

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.

Recent Grants

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.

Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum – $24,951
For “Oklahoma Originals”, a new, interactive outreach program engaging students at rural schools with the state’s history and legends through art and storytelling.

Oklahoma Lions Service Foundation – $32,000
To provide initial vision screening, financial assistance, support, connections, and referrals to individuals in need of visual health assistance in Southeast Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park – $40,000
To expand the existing Short Shakespeare tour of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to up to 20 rural schools.