What’s Happening @OCCF

Margaret Annis Boys Centennial Arboretum in Edmond Featured on Oklahoma Gardening

In 2007, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation awarded $50,000 from the Margaret Annis Boys Trust to help the City of Edmond and the Tree Bank plant 275 trees to renovate Bickham-Rudkin Park in Edmond. Located at the south end of the 49-acre park, the arboretum offers residents the opportunity to learn more about trees that grow well in central Oklahoma. Throughout the arboretum, signage displays each tree’s common and botanical names, mature height other characteristics such drought tolerance, wildlife value and shade. The park also features walking trails, a dog park, a fishing pond and a xeriscape demonstration garden. Learn more about the arboretum in a recent segment of Oklahoma Gardening.

Kirkpatrick Family Fund Director, Liz Eickman, to Receive Governor’s Arts Award

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation congratulates Kirkpatrick Family Fund director Liz Eickman, recipient of the Governor’s Arts Award. Liz will be recognized by the Oklahoma Arts Council for her longtime leadership and significant contributions to the arts Feb. 28 at a special ceremony at the Oklahoma state Capitol.

“Through honoring the efforts of generous and devoted volunteers, professionals, businesses, educators and others, we offer a small but meaningful acknowledgment about the importance of the many actors required to empower the arts to thrive,” Oklahoma Arts Council executive director Amber Sharples said. “The selection committee felt strongly that these honorees warrant our gratitude.”

The 42nd Governor’s Arts Awards will honor 14 individuals and five organizations for their contributions to the arts in Oklahoma. Recipients are selected from nominations by the Governor’s Arts Awards selection committee, comprised of members of the Governor-appointed Oklahoma Arts Council board.

The largest affiliated fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, the Kirkpatrick Family Fund was established by John and Eleanor Kirkpatrick in 1989 with a mission to invest in ideas and leadership that contribute to and advance the cultural, intellectual and social interests of the communities it supports.

Scholarships Deadlines Approaching

Oklahoma City Community Foundation scholarship application deadlines are quickly approaching for nearly $2 million in awards available for the 2018-19 academic year. Students graduating from an Oklahoma high school, those attending college or career tech and more may apply online at occf.academicworks.com. More than 120 unique scholarship opportunities are available, each with a different application deadline closing January through June 2018. Learn how to apply here.

Gifts to Oklahoma FFA Foundation Eligible for Match

Thanks to the support of an anonymous donor, gifts to the Oklahoma FFA Foundation’s endowment are eligible for matching funds. For every $3 given up to $60,000, an anonymous donor will match with $1, for a maximum contribution of $20,000 through Nov. 30, 2018. Donors can contribute to the match either through an online gift or a gift of cash or other assets. Contact Gayle Farley at 405/606-2910 with any questions.

Clean and Beautiful Schools Spring Workshop Scheduled for Mar. 1, 2018

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation will host a spring Clean and Beautiful Schools Grounds Maintenance Networking meeting Mar. 1, 8:15 a.m.-12 p.m., at Metro Technology Centers’ Springlake campus in the Economic Development Center. A program of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, Clean and Beautiful Schools offers opportunities for school and parks groundskeepers to learn about efficient and effective landscaping practices. The free, half-day education program benefits the maintenance personnel, volunteers and supervisors that maintain the grounds of our school campuses, parks, libraries, nonprofit properties, neighborhood greenbelts and other public spaces. Registration is open until 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23. Download the meeting agenda.

 

Upcoming Grant Opportunities

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is accepting grant applications for the following programs:
Wellness Initiative – Grants will be awarded for community-based programs encouraging healthy lifestyle behaviors among central Oklahoma residents. Eligible projects should focus on preventing the development of lifestyle-related diseases and incorporate the OK5210 daily numbers to live by. Online grant applications will be accepted from eligible organizations who request an invitation to apply.
Grant Guidelines
Grant Deadline: March 19
Informational Meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 13, 3 p.m. @OCCF
RSVP by Feb. 9 to Melody Bays at 405/606-2930.

Access to Health Care iFund – Grants will be awarded to charitable organizations that provide basic and preventative health care to individuals who would not otherwise have access to such services. Online grant applications will be accepted from eligible organizations who request an invitation to apply.
Grant Guidelines
Grant Deadline: April 2
Informational Meeting: Friday, Feb. 16, 3 p.m. @OCCF
RSVP by Feb. 14 to Erika Warren at 405/606-2920.

Services for the Elderly iFund – Grants will be awarded to charitable organizations providing direct services for our community’s older citizens who are still living in their homes. Online grant applications will be accepted from eligible organizations who request an invitation to apply.
Grant Guidelines
Grant Deadline: April 2
Informational Meeting: Monday, Feb. 19, 3 p.m. @OCCF
RSVP by Feb. 14 to Erika Warren at 405/606-2920.