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Oklahoma: Parks & Public Space Initiative/Margaret Annis Boys Trust Grant


The Parks & Public Space Initiative supports the beautification, development and activation of neighborhood/community parks, school parks, trails and other public lands.

Donor Name: Oklahoma City Community Foundation

State: Oklahoma

City: Oklahoma City

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline: 06/30/2023


This initiative grew from the Margaret Annis Boys Trust, established through a gift from Miss Boys’ estate in 1991 to support and encourage landscaping and beautification projects in parks, medians and other public lands in Oklahoma City. Grant awards will vary depending on the size and complexity of the project.

Grant Funding Goals

  • Encourage landscaping and beautification projects through community group engagement in public community spaces, including neighborhood/community parks, school parks, trails, public medians and other public lands.
  • Increase utilization of public spaces that are open and accessible to citizens for recreation, cultural and health improvement.
  • Increase community awareness, involvement and stewardship of our public community spaces.

Priorities and Requirements for considered funding:

  • The primary focus area for landscape projects should be within existing neighborhood or community parks, school parks, trails, public medians and other open and accessible public properties.
  • Projects must be completed within a year after funding notification. Extensions may be approved by the program officer.
  • All proposed projects must be open and accessible to the public during reasonable usage hours.
  • All proposed projects must be located within the Greater Oklahoma City Area
  • Neighborhood frontage projects are given a lower priority for funding.

NOTE: All physical improvement plans are subject to city regulations and all applicable permits. In some cases, approved projects may require more public involvement, possibly including Oklahoma City Council support, Planning Department approval, Parks Commission approval, school board approval, etc. If a project is accepted, the goal of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is to help with this process. However, the responsibility for this process lies with the funded organization. All awards are contingent upon approval by appropriate government entities.

Items Eligible for Funding

  • Trees
  • Shrubs
  • Native Grasses, Wildflowers & Pollinator Gardens
  • Miscellaneous Landscape Supplies
  • Seating
  • Shade Structures & Pavilions
  • Signage
  • Water Meter

Eligible to be funded

  • Landscaping, such as planting trees, shrubs, and perennials
  • Soil amendments, crushed stone, mulch, landscape edging and tree staking
  • Landscape amenities such as shade structures, information signs and water meters for public spaces

Eligibility Criteria

  • Neighborhood/community groups connected to parks, school parks, trails and other public spaces within the Greater Oklahoma City Area.
  • Any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing direct services with a governing board based in the Greater Oklahoma City Area.
  • Local government agencies or state and city-connected agencies.

For more information, visit OCCF.

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