The Inasmuch Foundation in Oklahoma City has announced grants totaling $4.15 million to forty-seven organizations working in the areas of education, health and human services, and community enhancement.
In the area of education, the foundation awarded grants of $250,000 to Oklahoma State University for construction of the Michael and Anne Greenwood School of Music; $150,000 to Oklahoma City Public Schools to underwrite the cost of membership in the Urban School Human Capital Academy and improve teacher and principal quality in the district; and $125,000 to Smart Start Central Oklahoma for Early Birds in support of its efforts to ensure that young children enter school safe, healthy, eager to learn, and ready to succeed.
Grants to health and human services organizations include awards of $400,000 to ReMerge in Oklahoma County in support of a program that provides an alternative to incarceration for non-violent female offenders with minor children; $40,000 to Volunteers of America Oklahoma to provide financial management services to Oklahoma City residents who are homeless or at risk of homelessness; and $30,000 to the Latino Community Development Agency to provide high-quality evidence-based services to families.
And community enhancement grants include awards of $575,000 to the Oklahoma City Ballet in support of its upcoming season and renovations to its new facility; $150,000 to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum for construction of a hands-on learning environment that allows visitors to explore the cultures that shaped Oklahoma; and $20,000 to the Executive Service Corps of Central Oklahoma in support of consulting services to nonprofits.
"As evidenced by the sheer volume of grant applications received this cycle, nonprofit organizations across Oklahoma are working hard to serve their communities," said Inasmuch Foundation president and CEO Bob Ross. "We are proud to support the efforts of our fellow Oklahomans through the grants announced today."
(Photo credit: Smart Start Central Oklahoma for Early Birds)