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.