The Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation is seeking applications for its 2022 Community Grants Program to improve the quality of life in rural Oklahoma.
Donor Name: Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation
Counties: Adair County (OK), Bryan County (OK), Cherokee County (OK), Choctaw County (OK), Coal County (OK), Haskell County (OK), Johnston County (OK), Latimer County (OK), McCurtain County (OK), McIntosh County (OK), Okfuskee County (OK), Pushmataha County (OK)
Type of Grant: Grant
Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 01/28/2022
A grant program was adopted by the Foundation’s Trustees to support projects and programs that provide opportunities for citizens to improve themselves and their communities in the areas of Arts/Culture/History, Libraries/Literacy and Health.
Areas of Interest
Below are examples of eligible projects in each of the areas of interest:
- Programming that fosters interaction among community members, arts organizations and/or artists; or that activates existing cultural and/or historical community assets.
- Public art and creative projects that allow for community member participation.
- Artist residencies that provide educational programming to community citizens for the benefit of the broader community.
- Festivals, events and performances that generate community participation.
- Projects designed to enhance and preserve a community’s culture and heritage through public exhibitions, educational programming, and historic preservation planning.
- Activities that seek to strengthen the role of rural libraries as a community resource and public knowledge center.
- Programming designed to improve access to libraries and other literacy services for rural citizens including underserved populations such as citizens with disabilities and non-English speaking learners.
- Projects designed to improve literacy skills including basic reading, writing, math, GED preparation, health and workplace literacy.
- Programs that promote early literacy and reading activities to families, parents and child care providers.
- Programs designed to increase direct community access to basic and preventive health care, including mental health and dental services.
- Projects that promote healthy behaviors and empower citizens to improve and better manage their health.
- Preventive health education programs and screenings.
- Wellness activities that promote healthy lifestyle choices, physical activity and good nutrition.
* Please note that requests for equipment and construction will be given lower priority unless integral to the project’s success.
Grants will be awarded to qualified nonprofit organizations or entities of state and local government for appropriate programs and projects that meet the following criteria:
- Service is provided in communities with a population of less than 6,000 (as of the 2016 U.S. Census) within one of the following counties: Adair, Atoka, Bryan, Cherokee, Choctaw, Coal, Haskell, Johnston, Latimer, McCurtain, McIntosh, Okfuskee and/or Pushmataha. (Note: Organizations located outside the designated counties will be considered for funding if services occur in one or more of these counties or communities within them.)
- The project should be new or an expansion of a current effort that will positively impact the community in the areas of 1) Arts/Culture/History, 2) Libraries/Literacy or 3) Health.
- The project should directly and/or indirectly benefit a broad range of individuals in the community.
- The project should have matching support from other resources in the community.
- Qualified nonprofit organizations or entities of state and local government implementing projects that serve one eligible community and/or county will be considered for grants of up to $10,000.
- Qualified nonprofit organizations or entities of state and local government implementing projects that serve multiple eligible communities and/or counties will be considered for grants of up to $15,000.
For more information, visit Community Grants.