grants

2017-2018 Grant Timeline

  • September 19, 2017 – Nonprofit Workshop, St. Paul’s Cathedral
    • REQUIRED for those wishing to apply for funding
  • October 6, 2017 – Letters of Intent Due
  • October 16, 2017 – Invitations to Apply Sent
  • November 20, 2017 – Grant Applications Due
  • January 31, 2018 – Semi-Finalists Notified
  • February 1 – March 5, 2018 – Site Visits
  • March 6, 2018 – Finalists Notified
  • April 24, 2018 – Impact Annual Meeting
  • June, 2018 –  Grants Awarded

Questions about our process? Be sure to read this page thoroughly or email our Grant Committee. To be considered for an Impact Oklahoma grant, eligible applicants must be self-sustaining in their daily operations, outline their vision and execution concepts, and meet other requirements approved by the Board of Directors as outlined in a required grant application.

Impact Oklahoma accepts grant proposals from Central Oklahoma nonprofits that provide services in one of our five focus areas: Community, Family, Health and Wellness, Education, and Culture. The winning grant recipients each receive $100,000 grants, as often as our level of membership allows.

Members contribute $1,000 each to Impact Oklahoma and 100% of this contribution goes directly to the grant recipients. Our dream is to be a part of shepherding big ideas to fruition through monetary contribution, thus creating a substantial impact in our very own community.

Impact Oklahoma solicits proposals and selects grant recipients through a three-part process including use of our required forms. We do not accept grant requests outside of this annual process. To be included in our next solicitation period email our Grant Committee.

Impact Oklahoma’s funding cycle runs from mid-April of one year to mid-April of the following year. Proposals are solicited and evaluated from September through March, and grants are awarded at the Annual Meeting in April.

Focus Area Committees, comprised of Impact Oklahoma members, review the grant applications, choose three semi-finalists to visit on-site and select a single finalist to compete for grants if there are fewer than five full grants available.

Each Focus Area finalist makes a short presentation at the Annual Meeting. After that, our membership votes on the winners. The available Impact Oklahoma grants go to the projects that receive the most votes, and the winners are announced live before the meeting is adjourned. It’s simple, effective and together we are changing Central Oklahoma for the better.

The voting is a completely democratic process where every woman has an equal say in which charities receive the awards each year.

City Rescue Mission

CITY RESCUE MISSION
2011 Beneficiary

City Rescue Mission is committed to leading our community by serving the homeless and near homeless with help, hope, and healing in Oklahoma City.

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Eligibility

In order to be eligible for an Impact Oklahoma grant, an organization must be a 501 (c)(3) Nonprofit organization. In addition, each nonprofit must have an attendee at one of two possible grant workshops.

The organization’s proposal must:

  • Outline a project or program that targets a specific population for a specific duration and with specific measurable goals to be achieved
  • Provide services in Canadian, Logan, Cleveland or Oklahoma counties
  • Use the full amount of the Impact Oklahoma grant ($100,000)
  • Plan to expend the funds within 24 months

Impact Oklahoma will not award its grant for the following:

  • General operating expenses
  • Operating salaries (salaries tied to a program will be considered)
  • Debt reduction
  • Endowments or memorials
  • Bridge funding or interim financing
  • Operational deficits
  • Partisan, political lobbying or legislative activities
  • General fund drive or annual appeals
  • Fraternal, sectarian and religious organizations where the grant is intended for the principal benefit of the organization’s own members or adherents, or where the grant is intended for inherently religious activities
  • Private foundations
  • Legal expenses incurred in any action by or against the organization
  • General construction or renovation (unrelated to a specific proposed project or program)
  • General capital campaign (unrelated to a specific proposed project or program)
  • Fundraising activities or events
  • Advertising
  • Sports teams or any sports-related activity or competition
 Our guidelines continue to evolve, and Impact Oklahoma reserves the right to change its criteria without prior notice at any time.

Other Restrictions

An organization may submit only one application each year.

An organization that received a full $100,000 grant from Impact Oklahoma may not reapply in the following three years.

Impact Oklahoma reserves the right to reject a Letter of Inquiry or a Grant Application for any reason, including if it is late or incomplete in any way. See each document for more detailed instructions.

Terms of Grant: Prior to receiving the grant money, the grant recipient must execute a Terms of Grant document.

Evaluations: Impact Oklahoma requires that the grant recipient submit periodic progress reports. Impact Oklahoma emphasizes the use of evaluation to measure program progress and outcomes, promote learning from experience, improve program performance and encourage our grantees to build effective self-evaluation plans into their projects. Copies of the interim and final report forms can be downloaded.

Apply only if you have attended our required workshop.