Oklahoma City Community Foundation Awards Grants for Area Beautification, Literacy Projects

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 2:00 pm

by Cathy Nestlen

Oklahoma City Community Foundation

Oklahoma City, OK - At its Feb. 28 meeting, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation Board of Trustees approved $39,705 in grants to four metropolitan area nonprofit organizations. The grants, which were made through the Margaret Annis Boys Trust and the Literacy is for Everyone (LIFE) Initiative, will support beautification and literacy projects in central Oklahoma.

The Margaret Annis Boys Trust is a permanent endowment established by the estate of a lifelong Oklahoma resident who had a deep appreciation for Oklahoma native trees and flowers. Grants from this fund support beautification projects for public parks, medians and other public lands in Oklahoma County. The Literacy is for Everyone (LIFE) Initiative assists organizations in providing opportunities for children and adults to read, write and speak English at a functional level.

The following grants were approved by the Trustees:

Margaret Annis Boys Trust

  • Glen Eagles Homeowners Association - $10,705 for landscaping along frontage on North Western Avenue and Northwest 150th Street.
  • City Care - $15,000 for the installation of 60 trees along the grounds at Crystal Lake, located at 6625 SW 15th St.

Literacy is for Everyone (LIFE) Initiative

  • Community Literacy Centers - $7,000 to expand LEAP program that provides on-site basic literacy or English as a second language training to employees through partnerships with local businesses.
  • Friends of Northwest 10th Street - $7,000 for a school-based adult literacy program that will provide basic literacy, GED and English as a second language training to parents at Apollo and Council Grove elementary schools.

Founded in 1969, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation works with donors to create charitable funds that will benefit our community both now and in the future. For more information about the organization's community programs, visit www.occf.org/communityprograms.