Culture & Community

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Cultural experiences have the power to bring members of a community together around interests that connect them. They foster collaboration, expand knowledge, spark innovation and even improve quality of life. Do you remember The Kirkpatrick Center (now the Science Museum Oklahoma)? There was something interesting for everyone; historical artifacts, sculpture, antiquities, artwork – even a hat collection. The Center hosted collections from institutions like the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum and the Oklahoma Air Space Museum, and its year-round gardens and greenhouses featured tropical and domestic plants, herbs, fruits and glorious roses. And who could forget the Omniplex? This hands-on science museum promoted a culture of interactive learning through its more than 250 exhibits designed to engage visitors in math, motion, light and sound, earth sciences and more.

Much like the eclectic collection of programs, exhibits and educational activities housed at the Kirkpatrick Center, Oklahoma’s cultural heritage encompasses a broad array of traditions, arts, values, social practices and historical/intellectual achievements that are unique to our community. With this in mind, we aim to support programs, projects and activities that promote, preserve and utilize Oklahoma’s “cultural fabric” to inspire community participation and cohesion.

Grant applications open:Monday, May 22, 2023
Deadline to request application access:Friday, June 30, 2023 at 5:00 pm
Grant Application Deadline:Friday, July 7, 2023 at 5:00 pm


  1. My organization has a current grant through one of the other iFund opportunities. Am I eligible to apply for the Community & Culture iFund grant?
    Yes, but only if it is for a different program. We will not consider funding the same program with two different iFund grants.
  2. Are applications submitted online?
    Yes, after submitting an email requesting access to the application (please refer to the guidelines). If your proposed program and organization appear to meet the guidelines, you will receive an email with a link and access code to the online application.
  3. Will the organizations that apply receive notification if they are not approved?
    Yes, all organizations that apply will be notified of funding decisions.