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$1.64 million in grants awarded to Oklahoma nonprofits

The Sarkeys Foundation recently awarded the money to 55 Oklahoma nonprofits.
by Ken Raymond Modified: July 18, 2012 at 9:43 pm •  Published: July 19, 2012

The Sarkeys Foundation recently awarded grants totaling nearly $1.65 million to 55 Oklahoma nonprofits.

A record number of 105 charitable organizations submitted proposals during the competitive grant cycle in February.

“Our trustees and staff are proud of the work being done by the nonprofit sector in our state,” foundation Executive Director Kim Henry said in a news release. “We are happy to fund nonprofits across the state, especially in rural areas where resources are more limited.

“Our focus in 2012 continues to be on supporting organization's programs and services benefiting the most vulnerable Oklahomans.”

Since its creation in 1961, Sarkeys has awarded more than $75 million in grants for education, social services, arts, environmental projects and health care and medical research.

Nonprofits can seek grants in one of two categories: less than $10,000 or more than $10,000. In order to spread funds as widely as possible, the Foundation has capped awards at $50,000.

The next grant application deadline is Aug. 1.

Grants awarded

• $50,000 to Domestic Violence Intervention Services Inc., Tulsa, for operating expenses for the DVIS/Call Rape Emergency Shelter.

$50,000 to the Great Expectations Foundation, Tahlequah, for Great Expectations for Rural Schools.

$50,000 to the Hearts for Hearing Foundation, Oklahoma City, for Tapping into Tele-Practice.

$50,000 to the Homeless Alliance, Oklahoma City, for increasing the WestTown Resource Center's capacity to end family homelessness.

$50,000 to Infant Crisis Services, Oklahoma City, for formula, food and diapers for the Needy Babies and Toddlers Project.

$50,000 to the Infant Parent Intervention Center, Oklahoma City, for the Canadian County Expansion Project.

$50,000 to Iron Gate At Trinity Inc., Tulsa, for feeding the hungry of Tulsa.

$50,000 to the Oklahoma Dental Foundation for Research and Education, Oklahoma City, for its Mobile Dental Program for women leaving prison.

$50,000 to the Oklahoma Blood Institute, Oklahoma City, for the Oklahoma Public Umbilical Cord Blood Bank.

$50,000 to Peppers Ranch Inc., Edmond, for Peppers Children's Village.

$50,000 to Safenet Services Inc., Claremore, for the Safenet Services Family Visitation Center.

$50,000 to Saville Center Inc, Stillwater, for its counseling cottage.

$50,000 to St. Gregory's University, Shawnee, for the Benedictine Hall Restoration Fund.

$50,000 to the Tulsa Boys Home, Tulsa, for the Education Building Capital Expansion Project.

$50,000 to United Way of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Legacy of Giving Facility Campaign.

$50,000 to White Fields Inc., Piedmont, for White Fields Education Center furnishings.

$50,000 to the Young Women's Christian Association of Oklahoma City, to provide safe transitional housing for victims of domestic violence and their children.

$50,000 to Youth Services for Stephens County Inc., Duncan, for construction costs for a new shelter/home.

$49,791 to Thunderbird Challenge Inc., Pryor, to pay for a project coordinator/grant writer.

$35,000 to Dentists for the Disabled and Elderly in Need of Treatment, Oklahoma City, for restorative dental care for veterans.

$35,000 to the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Foundation, Oklahoma City, for the Sarkeys Summer Mathematics Institute.

$35,000 to Youth Services for Oklahoma County Inc., Oklahoma City, for housing assistance for at-risk teens.

$31,875 to Health Alliance For The Uninsured Inc., Oklahoma City, for Cooperative Central Pharmacy medications.

$30,000 to Operation Homefront Inc., Lawton, to fund a part-time director of client services and additional staffing.

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by Ken Raymond
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Ken Raymond is the book editor. He joined The Oklahoman in 1999. He has won dozens of state, regional and national writing awards. Three times he has been named the state's "overall best" writer by the Society of Professional Journalists. In...
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To learn more

For more information about the Sarkeys Foundation and the process to apply for grants, go to or call 364-3703.


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