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Lawton-area Nonprofits Invited to Apply for Grant and Matching Grant Opportunities

The Lawton Community Foundation is inviting charitable organizations as well as state and local government agencies to apply for grants benefiting Lawton and the surrounding communities.

Community Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to support new or expanding projects that improve the quality of life and provide opportunities for a broad range of Lawton-area citizens.

Matching Grants of up to $5,000 are also available for charitable organizations with an endowment fund at the Lawton Community Foundation and organizations interested in establishing an endowment fund. Eligible organizations must have programming that benefits Lawton or the surrounding area and are required to raise a minimum of $5,000 to receive a Matching Grant.

In 2020, the Lawton Community Foundation awarded a total of $40,250 in Community Grants to 10 organizations and announced Matching Grant opportunities for 16 charitable organization endowment funds, which have until June 30, 2021, to complete their $5,000 fundraising goal.

A Lawton student uses her new Chromebook provided through a Lawton Community Grant. In 2018, 2019 and 2020, the Lawton Public School Foundation received a total of $19,000 in Community Grants that have allowed them to purchase new Chromebooks and other technology to help increase technology in the classroom, close achievement gaps and combine digital skills with hands-on applications for their students.

“The assistance and stability these grants have offered to Lawton’s hardworking nonprofits has been especially important this year,” said David Towe, president of the Lawton Community Foundation Board of Trustees. “We are proud that our loyal donors continue to recognize the value of supporting the diverse group of nonprofits serving our community and allow us to offer these grant programs year after year.”

Both Community Grant and Matching Grant applications must be submitted online by July 1, 2021. Interested organizations can gain access to applications by emailing a brief explanation of your project to Jennifer Stewart at j.stewart@occf.org.