What’s Happening @OCCF

We’re Hiring an Office Manager

Are you a highly organized, dependable and motivated leader? The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is seeking an experienced office manager to oversee the day-to-day operations of our facility and staff. View the full job description here.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and three references with the job title in the subject line to resume@occf.org by January 31, 2021.

Grant Applications Open for Rural Oklahoma Communities through Jan. 31

JM's restaurant which features a mural of wildlife in a forest setting

The Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation is currently accepting grant applications for projects in rural Oklahoma communities with a population less than 6,000. Designed to improve the quality of life for rural Oklahomans, the program will award grants to qualified nonprofit organizations or entities of state and local government for projects that will positively impact the community in the areas of 1) arts/culture/history, 2) health or 3) libraries/literacy.

The Community Grant program supports projects that provide opportunities for rural Oklahomans to improve themselves and their communities. Grants are available for projects serving communities with a population less than 6,000 in the following counties: Adair, Atoka, Bryan, Cherokee, Choctaw, Coal, Haskell, Johnston, Latimer, McCurtain, McIntosh, Okfuskee and Pushmataha. Grants are available up to $10,000 for projects serving one eligible county and up to $15,000 for projects serving multiple eligible counties. The one-year grant may be used to create a new program or significantly expand an existing program and should benefit a broad range of individuals in the community.

Request access to the grant application by 5 p.m. on January 24, 2021, by submitting a one-paragraph description of your project to info@ruraloklahoma.org. Grant applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2021. For complete grant guidelines and application information, visit ruraloklahoma.org.

About the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation
The Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation was established at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation in 1995 by the late Carolyn Watson, longtime CEO and chairman of Shamrock Bank, N.A. Grants from the organization are awarded to improve the quality of life in designated rural Oklahoma communities. The grant programs are administered by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. For more information, visit ruraloklahoma.org.

Covid-19 Response Disaster Relief Funds

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has created the 2020 Disaster Relief Fund that will assist those in our community impacted by the virus, particularly those who are most vulnerable. The fund is flexible and will provide dollars for nonprofits, churches, government agencies and schools providing direct services and assistance to individuals who have been impacted by COVID-19.

In addition, the Kirkpatrick Foundation and Oklahoma City Community Foundation have established the Oklahoma Disaster Fund for Animal Support to mitigate the financial impact of disaster on charitable nonprofits that provide care for animals.

Learn more about these funds.

Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area Tree Canopy Assessment

In 2019, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation teamed up with the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) and Oklahoma Forestry Services to commission the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area Tree Canopy Assessment. Conducted by Davey Resource Group, the project provides baseline data for managing the city’s urban forest through a comprehensive, 536-square-mile study of tree canopy in the Oklahoma City Metro area. The final report and accompanying geocoded maps illustrate how trees provide environmental, functional and aesthetical benefits to parks, trails, schools, watershed and neighborhoods throughout our communities. This data will help shape our community’s approach to beautification, quality of life and environmental sustainability including air quality and stormwater runoff planning, as well as the location and type of trees that should be considered for planting going forward. Read the final Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area Tree Canopy Assessment.