Bartlesville Community Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Bartlesville Community Foundation is a local community funder that mostly supports art and culture, youth, and economic development in the Bartlesville area of Oklahoma.

FUNDING AREAS: Arts and culture, youth, humanities, economic development

IP TAKE: Bartlesville groups are probably already familiar with BCF, but it does not hurt to review the current grant opportunities before the next grant cycle.

PROFILE: Established in 1999 and based in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, the Bartlesville Community Foundation (BCF) awards grants and scholarships, has various programs, and hosts events in the community. This community foundation was established to support local groups and offers “a place for donors to invest in the charitable organizations and causes they want to succeed today and tomorrow.” Grantmaking areas of interest include arts and culture, youth, humanities, and economic development.

A majority of the grants from BCF are predetermined based on donor specifications. However, the funder also awards some grants from its unrestricted funds. There are six main funds here: Allied Arts and Humanities Fund, Flash Philanthropy Grants, Fund for Bartlesville, Legacy Hall of Fame Fund, Service League Fund, and Special Programs. The arts and humanities grants range from $500 to $2,000 and typically go to new programs or ongoing ones that serve new audiences. Flash Philanthropy is a program for young donors to pledge a collective $500 or more and then find a project to donate the money to. The Fund for Bartlesville supports a broad range of community needs with grants up to $2,500. The Legacy Hall of Fame Fund awards up to $1,500 to honor families that have been generous to the Bartlesville community. The Service League Fund provides up to $5,000 for youth-focused nonprofits in the form of operating support, programming, new initiatives, or training. Occasionally, BCF gives special grants for short-term programs and initiatives. Foundation initiatives in the past have included a program to engage young donors, a United Way collaboration to facilitate giving, and nonprofit roundtables to share ideas. In addition to grants,

Overall, BCF grants range from $500 to $5,000. Learn more about each of the funds on the BCF website. Grantmaking is generally restricted to the Bartlesville area of Oklahoma. BCF also awards scholarships through different funds. Programs of the fund include fund development, affiliates, planned giving partnerships, mentoring for local nonprofits, and educational workshops. BCF typically manages over 100 funds and gives at least $1 million back to the community each year.

BCF accepts unsolicited grant applications from local nonprofits at select times of the year. See the funder’s website for current deadlines and opportunities. Direct general questions to the staff via online form or 918-337-2287.

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