Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation Invites Applications for Community Grants

The Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation was established in 1995 to improve the quality of life in designated rural Oklahoma communities.

To that end, the foundation is inviting applications for its Community Grants program. Through the program, grants will be awarded to organizations serving rural Oklahoma communities (population of less than 6,000) in support of a new (or significant expansion of a current) effort that positively impacts the community in the areas of arts, culture, history, libraries, and literacy. To be eligible, projects must serve residents in the Oklahoma counties of Adair, Atoka, Bryan, Cherokee, Choctaw, Coal, Haskell, Johnston, Latimer, McCurtain, McIntosh, Okfuskee, or Pushmataha.

Examples of eligible projects include:

Arts/Culture/History — Programming that fosters interaction among community members, arts organizations, and artists, or that activates existing cultural and community assets; public art that improves public spaces and enhances the community; artist residencies that provide artists with the opportunity to bring their creative skill sets to rural communities; festivals and performances that enhance the culture of a community; and projects designed to enhance and preserve a community’s culture and heritage through public exhibitions, educational programming, and historic preservation planning.

Libraries/Literacy — Activities that seek to strengthen the role of rural libraries as a community resource and public knowledge center; programming designed to improve access to libraries and other literacy services for rural citizens, including underserved populations such as citizens with disabilities and non-English speaking learners; projects designed to improve literacy skills, including basic reading, writing, math, GED preparation, health, and workplace literacy; and programs that promote early literacy and reading activities to families, parents, and child care providers.

Through the program, grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded for projects serving one of the identified eligible communities, while grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded for projects serving multiple eligible communities.

Eligible applicants include qualified nonprofit organizations and entities of state and local government.

To receive access to the grant application, please send a request via email to by 5:00 p.m. on January 24, 2020.

See the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.


Deadline: January 31, 2020