Oklahoma City Community Foundation Awards $118,000 for Area Projects

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 8:00 am

by Cathy Nestlen

Oklahoma City, OK - The Oklahoma City Community Foundation Board of Trustees announces $118,000 in grants to fund five projects to benefit the community. Grants include awards from the Margaret Annis Boys Trust and the Literacy is for Everyone (LIFE) Initiative, which 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

  • Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children - $15,000 for trees at its Oklahoma City campus along South Western Avenue and Southwest 164th Street.

 Literacy is for Everyone (LIFE) Initiative

  • TV411/GED Connection Oklahoma Broadcast Program - $20,000 to broadcast and promote adult literacy and GED preparation programs on OETA and Cox television channels and online at www.getreadingoklahoma.org.
  • Oklahoma Department of Libraries - $3,000 for health literacy conference.

In addition, the Trustees approved the following grants:

  • Retiring Trustee Scholarships - $60,000 to establish two scholarship endowments in honor of past Trustees who have completed nine years of service on the Oklahoma City Community Foundation Board. The scholarships will be awarded through the Trustee Scholarship Initiative that was established to encourage more students in central Oklahoma to attain post-secondary education through individual awards. 
  • Central Oklahoma Guidance Counselor Network Summer Institute - $20,000 to support a two-day institute to train high school guidance counselors on their role in assisting prospective college students with the college admissions process.

The Central Oklahoma Guidance Counselor Network was established by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation's Trustee Scholarship Initiative to offer training and support for the high school counselors who provide college guidance at 51 public and private high schools in Central Oklahoma. Through workshops and visits to college campuses, the network is an important resource for the counselors.

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.