NORMAN — The trustees of the Sarkeys Foundation recently approved awarding 36 grants to nonprofits in Oklahoma totaling nearly $3.5 million.
The largest grants, for $1 million each, will go to the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.
“As we celebrate 50 years as a foundation improving the quality of life in Oklahoma, it's certainly appropriate and exciting to award grants to two institutions also making such a meaningful impact in our state,” said Executive Director Kim Henry, in a news release.
Since its founding in 1962, Sarkeys has awarded more than $90 million to 1,773 nonprofits in grants for education, social services, arts and culture, health care and medical research, and environmental projects.
Nonprofits have the option of completing one of two grant applications for amounts of $10,000 and below or over $10,000.
Grants went to the following nonprofit organizations, listed with their city, purpose of the grant and amount:
• Angels Foster Family Network, Edmond, funding to train and mentor volunteers, $40,000.
• Boys and Girls Club of Bartlesville, supplies for child nutrition program, $12,000.
• Boys and Girls Club of Nowata, food, supplies and educational materials for after school program, $20,000.
• The Bridges Foundation, Tulsa, kitchen appliances, $1,375.
• Center for Children and Families, Norman, capital project, $200,000.
• Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Oklahoma City, new initiative to reach rural nonprofits, $20,000.
• A Chance To Change Foundation, Oklahoma City, funding for the school based program A Chance to SUCCEED program and the addiction education series, $25,000.;
• Citizens Caring for Children, Oklahoma City, duffel bags and supplies for foster children, $17,500.
• Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Central Oklahoma, Bethany, foreclosure prevention counseling, $10,000.
• Dean A. McGee Eye Institute, Oklahoma City, resident microsurgical laboratory, $300,000.
• Education and Employment Ministry, Oklahoma City, to create a community consortium for comprehensive re-entry services, $44,900.
• Emergency Infant Services, Tulsa, direct client services for low-income children under the age of six, $45,000.
• Family and Children's Services, Tulsa, Women in Recovery Continuing Care Project, $50,000.
• Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma, Tulsa, Girl Scouts Beyond Bars program, $10,000.
• Good Shepherd Community Clinic, Ardmore, in-house pharmacy and eyeglasses, $24,800.
• Great Expectations Foundation, Tahlequah, scholarships for rural Oklahoma School teachers, $50,000.
• Harvest House Outreach, Tulsa, food for low income outreach program, $11,000.
• Health Alliance for the Uninsured, Oklahoma City, support for new medical director position and program, $100,000.
• Infant Crisis Services, Oklahoma City, supplies for mobile unit baby food and diapers, $50,000.
• Leadership Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Youth LOK Class XIII teambuilding exercises, $4,000.
• Life Change Ballroom, Oklahoma City, Youth Empowerment & Leadership Program Scholarships, $10,000.
• NewView, Oklahoma City, low vision rehabilitation equipment, $21,000.
• Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma City, funding for cancer research, $1,000,000.
• Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Foundation, Oklahoma City, 2013 Sarkeys Summer Math Institute, $35,000.
• Palmer Continuum of Care, Tulsa, privacy doors for therapeutic counseling, $10,000.
• Parent Child Center of Tulsa, part-time bilingual parent educator liaison and part-time bilingual family support worker positions for home visitation services, $48,804.
• Payne County Youth Services, Stillwater, foster care transition program funding, $30,000.
• Rebuilding Together Tulsa, roof repairs, $30,000.
• Thunderbird Youth Academy Foundation, Pryor, creation of resource development and communications director position, $49,994.
• Town and Country School, Tulsa, convert kitchen to “Life Skills” class room, $25,000.
• The Tristesse Healing Hearts Grief Center, Tulsa, Children's Grief Education and Intervention Program in Oklahoma public schools, $15,000.
• University of Oklahoma Foundation, Norman, faculty recruitment and startup fund, and patient and family services endowment at Stephenson Cancer Center, $1,000,000.
• White Fields, Piedmont, children's therapy program, $50,000.
• William W. Barnes Children's Advocacy Center, Claremore, therapeutic counseling services, $8,000.
• Young Women's Christian Association of Oklahoma City, safe transitional housing for victims of domestic violence and their children, $50,000.
• Youth and Family Resource Center, Shawnee, Hope House playground, $51,221.
For information about Sarkeys Foundation and the process to apply for grants, visit the website at www.sarkeys.org or call 364-3703. The next grant deadline is Aug. 1.