Grant Requests Deadline Approaches

Summer Thursdays with Dr. John Herrington 2A few days remain for organizations to apply for our Educational Outreach and Capacity Building grants, available to qualified arts and cultural nonprofits around the metro. The grants are designed to help central Oklahoma sustain a thriving arts community with valued programming accessible to everyone.

Each spring, two sets of volunteer committees convene with our arts partners to ensure that donor contributions are invested in healthy, sustainable and relevant cultural nonprofit organizations. Allied Arts board member Glen Maynard recently shared his thoughts on our allocations process and will be apart of the committee identifying upcoming grantees. More than $2.4 million will be granted during the 2018 fiscal year through our three grant programs.

  1. Allocations are directed to the 26 Allied Arts member agencies
  2. The educational outreach program provides critical funding to ensure school-age children have access to arts education and cultural opportunities
  3. The capacity building grant program helps arts nonprofits become stronger businesses

The Educational Outreach program provides funding in support of youth arts education projects. The focus is on providing arts experiences for underserved K-12 students who might otherwise not have the opportunity.

Summer Thursdays with Dr. John Herrington 1Photos from the Oklahoma Hall of Fame at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum Summer Thursday program, sponsored by an Allied Arts educational outreach grant, have created quite a buzz on social media. The event included Dr. John Herrington, a former NASA astronaut and the first enrolled member of a Native American tribe to fly in space, who read his new book Mission to Space., followed by a craft with local artist Brendon Williams.

Our Capacity Building grant program assists nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in building organizational capability to better serve their constituencies and fulfill their missions. Examples of projects funded by the program include first-time audits, consultant fees for strategic planning or board retreats, and professional development opportunities.

More information and applications can be found at