The City of Muskogee Foundation's mission is to make Make a Real Difference in Muskogee through grants to nonprofit organizations, churches, schools and the City of Muskogee.
The City of of Muskogee Foundation has two grant cycles, or "grant processes." A regular grant process open to all organizations; and a Summer Grant process only open to programs or projects that operate primarily during the summer months.
The City of Muskogee Foundation has four primary focus areas for grants. Click on each area below, to see the committee's Mission Statement and Funding Priorities.
Grant committees from each focus area have established unique missions as well as general and specific types of funding. However, funding priority for all focus areas will be given to organizations serving the citizens of Muskogee, Oklahoma.
The grant application procedure is a two-step online process starting with a letter of inquiry. While there is no limit on the amount requested, the request should remain within the spending policy set each December by the Board of Directors.
The grant application also requires the completion of a budget template. All applying organizations must submit a budget for the program/project in this format in addition to their online grant application.
Deadlines for the 2016 Grant Cycle
- Letter of Inquiry due February 16, 2016 (due to President's Day 2/15).
- Application (requires Foundation invitation) due May 1, 2016
(or next business day).
- Grant decisions - June 27, 2016 City of Muskogee Foundation Board meeting.
- Grant funds distributed - July 2016 - June 2017 (pending Grant Agreement).
Step 1 - Letter of Inquiry
The entire grant process will be coordinated electronically beginning with the Letter of Inquiry (LOI). The LOI gathers basic information about the applicant, a short description of the purpose of the program or project, and amount requested. This part of the application should be compelling enough to capture the attention of the grant committee while being brief and clear. If accepted by the grants committees, the applicant will be notified via e-mail with a link to access the full grant application.
Step 2 - Grant application
Following the approval of the letter of inquiry, the applicant will be sent a link via e-mail to access the grant application for their designated focus area (economic development, education and empowerment, health and wellness, quality of life). The formal application process is also coordinated electronically allowing the applicant to complete the actual application and attach all required documents.
Deadlines for 2017 Summer Program Grants
Program or project must occur primarily during the summer months to qualify for the Summer Grant Process.
- Letter of Inquiry due August 1, 2016
- Application (requires Foundation invitation) due November 1, 2016
(or next business day if a weekend or holiday).
- Grant decisions - December 12, 2016 City of Muskogee Foundation Board Meeting
- Grant funds distributed - January 2017 (pending Grant Agreement)
To complete an LOI click the "Apply for a Grant" link on our Homepage or click here.
Please contact D.J. Thompson, Chief Operations Officer / Foundation Manager, with any questions regarding the letter of inquiry and application or if you have questions about the electronic process.
D.J. Thompson, City of Muskogee Foundation
Main phone: (918) 577-6562