The Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma annually awards grants in support of education-related projects to parishes, schools, religious education and parish youth programs throughout the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.
In addition to program materials, many of the grant requests have focused on computers, audio-visual equipment and technology as a means of engaging more students in the education process.
Grant awards will be based upon the educational objective of the specified project to the parish/school, its expected outcome and the need for financial assistance to accomplish the stated goal.
Funds awarded are intended to support educational projects at the organization, and are not intended to supplement operating expenses. Grant requests will not be considered for auctions, fundraising events, debt reduction, brick and mortar projects, endowment funds or capital campaigns. Equipment, furniture or other items will only be considered if significant to the educational program. Only one request per parish or school will be considered for funding.
The grants program will have an additional focus on school STREAM programs. STREAM stands for Science-Technology-Religion-Engineering-Arts-Mathematics. A portion of the new money available will go toward promoting new or existing STREAM programs in Catholic schools. The foundation is particularly interested in grants for STREAM programs in classrooms that will offer a curriculum that is integrated, emphasizes questioning and inquiry, and gives students frequent opportunities to apply engineering design, creativity, faith-building and problem-solving. The foundation desires to support classroom teachers who will gain access to standards-based instructional tools, quality curriculum materials and the latest internet materials through its grant program.
Last year, more than $100,000 in grants was presented to 51 parishes and schools.
Application deadline – Sept. 29
Award notification – Nov. 1
Grant applications available with pastors, RE directors and school principals