iFund Grants Help Provide Opportunities for Children in Central Oklahoma

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 8:00 am

by Cathy Nestlen

Oklahoma City, OK - The Oklahoma City Community Foundation Board of Trustees announces $142,500 in Opportunities for Children iFund grants to eight charitable organizations in central Oklahoma providing direct services for children from birth to age 14. These grants will help provide access to education, specialized health care and cultural opportunities for children in need.

Among these grants include a $40,000 award to the nonprofit organization Hearts for Hearing to support its Sound Beginnings program that provides comprehensive hearing services, equipment and therapy to Oklahoma infants between birth and six months of age. In 2011, an initial Opportunities for Children iFund grant helped the group provide hearing aids and services not covered by insurance to five Oklahoma children from low-income families. Thanks to the recent iFund grant, Hearts for Hearing will be able to continue auditory therapy for these children, as well as provide hearing services and equipment to 10 additional children in need.

"We are pleased to award these grants to help support services for children in our community," says Nancy B. Anthony, executive director. "The Opportunities for Children iFund is one of three iFunds at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation that help donors make an impact through the compilation of charitable gifts."

In addition to Hearts for Hearing, the seven organizations listed below were recently awarded grants from the Opportunities for Children iFund:

  • Oklahoma City Ballet - $9,000 to provide a dance education program for students in the first grade at Santa Fe South Elementary School.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County - $16,000 to develop a MusicMakers music education program for children served by the club.
  • Center for Children and Families, Inc. - $22,500 to continue its free Neighborhood Centers after-school program.
  • Infant Crisis Services - $15,000 to provide specialized formula and nutritional supplements for special needs babies.
  • Peppers Ranch - $15,000 to help support its academic tutoring program that serves children at the ranch and other foster children in the Guthrie area.
  • Rainbow Fleet - $15,000 to provide 50 Healthy Bodies - Healthy Minds resource kits for childcare facilities to encourage healthy eating and exercise among preschool-age children.
  • Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City - $10,000 to provide outdoor play equipment and support the after-school program at its School Age Care and Learning Center.

Established in 2011, the iFund program has awarded more than $800,000 in grants to charitable organizations in central Oklahoma that provide direct services for children, elderly and access to health care. The next iFund grant application deadline is July 2 for the Services for Elderly iFund. Additional information including grant application guidelines is available at www.ifundokc.org.

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, visit www.occf.org.