Allied Arts offers three grant programs to help ensure a dynamic, sustainable cultural community in central Oklahoma.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Provide quality arts and cultural programming to the community
  • Be a nonprofit arts organization, tax-exempt corporation as defined under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service (have current 501(c)(3) status)
  • Be established and functional for at least three years
  • Have current financials and an active, volunteer board of directors
  • Have headquarters in central Oklahoma (defined by the 10-county area including the counties of Oklahoma, Kingfisher, Logan, Lincoln, Seminole, Pottawatomie, Cleveland, McClain, Grady and Canadian)
  • Have current registration as a charitable organization with the State of Oklahoma
  • Be self-identified as “Arts, Culture, and Humanities” using the National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities system
  • Submit an evaluation report for previously awarded grant funding

Grant deadlines are listed below.

Educational Outreach

Fall 2019 Deadline – August 23, 2019, 5:00 p.m. CST
Spring 2020 Deadline – January 24, 2020, 5:00 p.m. CST

The Allied Arts Educational Outreach program provides funding in support of youth arts education projects. The focus is on providing arts experiences for underserved K-12 students in central Oklahoma. Cash grants and Hobby Lobby store gift cards are available. Organizations with a budget of $500,000 or more can apply for up to $5,000, while organizations with a budget less than $500,000 can apply for up to $3,000.

Projects supported by the program include scholarships for art camps, transportation costs for students to visit art exhibits, funding for artists to visit schools and afterschool art activities.

The Allied Arts Educational Outreach program is made possible with the generous support of the following companies:

  • Bank of America
  • Catalyst
  • ChappelWood Financial Services
  • Dobson Family Foundation
  • Flogistix
  • Hobby Lobby
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Kimray
  • UMB Bank

Capacity-Building Grants

Fall 2019 Deadline – August 23, 2019, 5:00 p.m. CST
Spring 2020 Deadline – January 24, 2020, 5:00 p.m. CST

The Allied Arts Capacity-Building program assists nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in building organizational capability to better serve their constituencies and fulfill their missions.

NEW: An organization with a budget of $500,000 or more is limited to one request per Allied Arts fiscal year.

Allied Arts will provide up to 50% of total project costs, not to exceed $5,000 for organizational training, board development, volunteer management, strategic planning and professional development opportunities. The grants review committee reserves the right to fund fully one or more submitted proposals at its discretion. Submission of a proposal does not guarantee funding. Funds are limited.

Priority is given to projects that result in tangible, concrete results and efficiencies. Regarding professional development, priority is also given to opportunities within the state of Oklahoma and region.

Allied Arts member agencies as well as other nonprofit arts organizations are eligible for the Capacity-Building Program. To be eligible, applicants must have an updated profile on Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s GiveSmartOKC.


2020 Allocations Deadline: TBA

Annually, Allied Arts distributes campaign funds to its member agencies through the allocations process. Agencies utilize these funds for a host of needs – from offsetting administrative costs to bringing world-renowned exhibits and performances to central Oklahoma. This program is only open to the 25 Allied Arts member agencies.