The Grantmaking Program of the Southwestern Urban Foundation awards grants and contributions to organizations primarily serving the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, and to a lesser extent those serving the state of Oklahoma. Grant awards are made consistent with the purpose of the Green Community Fund and within the fund’s areas of interest and targeted to the underserved. A priority area of concern is the academic under achievement of African American children.
Emphasis is placed on programs that will enable families to develop the skills and resources needed to support and nurture each member; and foster the development of responsible young people who are capable of achieving their fullest potential. Additionally, our Foundation seeks to make grants and contributions to be used as seed money, local match for larger grants, and to assist in building capacity.
Southwestern Urban Foundation has made grants and contributions in excess of $500,000 to more than ninety (90) organizations. The Foundation has observed with great admiration the commitment to self-help and volunteerism that are valued by these organizations. Many of the organizations that have been supported do not have a major source of funding and in many cases limited or no staff. Most of the organizations depend upon its membership and volunteers for monetary contributions and time.
Grants are awarded only to nonprofit, charitable organizations that have been granted tax-exempt status under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Service. Generally, individual grants do not exceed $5,000 and are awarded for no more than two consecutive years.
The Fund considers grant requests annually. Applications must be postmarked by August 1. When the deadline date falls on a Saturday or Sunday, proposals must be postmarked by the preceding Friday.
All grant applications are carefully reviewed by the Green Community Fund Committee. The Board of Directors meets within 60 days subsequent to the deadline date to make funding decisions. Applicant organizations are notified, in writing, regarding the approval or denial of funding requests within one week after the Board of Directors takes action. Project expenses incurred by an applicant organization prior to notification cannot be paid by the Fund.
The written proposal should be in narrative form and limited to three double-spaced typewritten pages. Please send one original and nine (9) copies. Do not bind the proposal (other than stapling a corner). The following information must be included in the proposal:
Purpose and Need – State the goals and objectives of the project. Identify the problems or needs which will be addressed. Identify the population that will benefit from this project or program.
Implementation – Summarize the plans and time frame for implementation of this project. Identify the individual (s) who will be responsible for overseeing the program and briefly describe their qualifications.
Evaluation – State the criteria and procedures that will be used to evaluate the success of the proposed program. Relate this evaluation to the stated goals and objectives.
Budget Information – Provide a one page project budget which includes the following information: projected income and expenses; all sources of program funding (both solicited and received); and the (beginning and ending dates) for which funds are being requested.
Future Support – Identify plans for securing ongoing operational support for this project once the Green Community Fund grant has been expended. Include anticipated future financial needs of the Program, potential sources of funding, etc.
One (1) set of the following attachments must be included with the proposal:
A brief summary of the grant request which includes: one or two paragraphs summarizing the proposed project; the name, address, and telephone number of the requesting organization; the person to contact regarding the proposal; and the dollar amount requested. The summary may be in the form of a cover letter.
The names and addresses of the applicant organization’s officers.
A brief background/history of the requesting organization, including: when and how the organization was established; its mission/purpose; accomplishments to date; and a listing of major current programs and services.
The organization’s most recent auditor’s opinion letter, balance sheet, and summary of income and expense statement. If audited financial statements are not available, the unaudited financial statements must be provided.
The organization’s current operating budget.
A copy of the applicant’s tax exemption letter from the Internal Revenue Service.
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A critical issue of concern to the Southwestern Urban Foundation is the academic underachievement of African American children. The issue has been targeted for priority funding. Preference will be given to:
Programs that provide supplemental educational support to children, especially for reading.
Programs and initiatives that advance collaborative efforts with teachers, parents, and community organizations.
Programs that enhance family development including children and youth.
The Southwestern Urban Foundation will not usually make grants or contributions to support:
General operating budget of established organizations.
Successful applicants are required to submit an annual report on grant activities and a financial report, audited or unaudited. The report is due by June 30th until all funds have been expended.
The completed application should be postmarked and mailed prior to the August 1st deadline to:
Southwestern Urban Foundation
P. O. Box 17533
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73136-1533
Other SWUF Programs
The Foundation has developed a Capacity Building Program and has sponsored grant writing workshops and capacity building roundtables. These programs have linked our constituent organizations with major funders, both private and public. These activities have been quite successful in building relationships, networks, and linkages. Building bridges of understanding and collaborative efforts are essential to addressing the major issues confronting African American and other minority communities.
The Make A Will and Family Financial Planning Program has been developed to raise awareness of African Americans of their historical tradition of giving and the need for more sophisticated approaches to direct philanthropy. Toward the objective to expand black philanthropy, the Make A Will and Family Financial Planning Program has been highly successful in addressing the need that roughly eighty percent (80%) of African Americans do not protect their wealth by making a will. The program is designed to build wealth to strengthened families and communities.
The program consists of a Make-A-Will Emphasis Sunday and Workshop. Co-sponsors include Ministerial Associations, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Black Lawyers Association and the Colleges of Law from Oklahoma and Oklahoma City Universities. The Financial Management and Investment component is conducted by professionals in this field. Since its inception Six years ago, more than 1,000 persons have been served.
Make A Will Make It Happen – Remembering and supporting the Southwestern Urban Foundation when you are estate planning will enable the Foundation to achieve its mission of “helping to strengthen families and empower communities.” The investment earnings are used for grant making purposes, leaving the principal intact in perpetuity. In this way, we are building permanent endowments to support community needs in areas such as human services, education, urban affairs, and health.
Sponsors, Underwriters and Donors are welcome to support events and programs such the Make A Will and Family Financial Planning and Capacity Building Workshops.
Matching Grants are encouraged from philanthropic, corporate, and individual donors. Our Foundation makes small grants that typically provide partial funding.
Establish An Endowment with the our Foundation that maybe designated or applied to the grant making program.
The John E. Green Community Fund has provided funding to our partners, and over the years has developed a vast network of people who are dedicated to our mission and passionate about improving the lives of those in the communities we serve.