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It is the policy of The Kerr Foundation to identify and support 501(c)(3) organizations and institutions that provide new or enhanced opportunities for those within the granting areas, particularly the young. We believe this is best accomplished in the areas of education, health, cultural development and community service. While preference is given to Oklahoma organizations and institutions, we recognize that such located outside the state and region can also have a beneficial impact on the economic, social and cultural growth and development of Oklahoma. Therefore, we will also accept grant requests from Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico and Texas.

Additionally, in recognizing the significant and continuing influence of the Federal government on our state and region, we will also accept proposals from the Washington area; however, Oklahoma organizations will receive first priority for available funds.

Favorable consideration of a proposal will normally be in the form of a Challenge Grant. This means that the organization/institution approved for a grant must first, in order to receive payment of the amount of the grant from The Kerr Foundation, raise or secure grants, donations and pledges in the total amount specified in the grant. The Challenge amount is usually dollar for dollar and normally must be secured within twelve months from the date of award.

The Kerr Foundation, Inc. does not give back-to- back grants. If you have been paid a grant during a particular year, you must allow one entire granting year before applying again. For example: If an organization should receive a grant payment in the year 2016, they may not apply again until the year 2018.

A letter of inquiry is required before a formal grant application can be submitted. The following information should be included in this letter in a concise manner. You will then be notified via email whether or not you have been approved to apply for funding from our Foundation.

Please provide a brief history of your nonprofit and an overview of your programs. Be sure to attach a copy of your 501c3 letter of exemption from the IRS, amount of money you are requesting, and a description of the project for which you are requesting these funds. Explain the need that can be met by your project and describe the target population and geographic area, while providing a few significant statistical facts. If you are approaching other agencies or nonprofits to support this project, mention them and be sure to list any funds already received and how you expect to support the project. Lastly, please include in your letter if you have applied for funding in the past from our foundation. If you have received a grant from us in the past, please let us know when these funds were paid. Please direct all letters of inquiry to lauradkerr@thekerrfoundation.org, and cc: cmiller@thekerrfoundation.org.

Proposals should be received no later than Friday, January 12, 2018 for consideration at the March 2018 board meeting. Incomplete application information may delay consideration of any request.

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