Bartlesville Community Foundation

OVERVIEW: This local community funder mostly supports art and culture, youth, and economic development in the Bartlesville area of Oklahoma. Unrestricted grants can be applied for at select times of the year.

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

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

PROFILE: 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 in 1999 to support local groups.

Most of the grants from BCF are predetermined based on donor specifications. However, the funder also awards some grants from its unrestricted funds. There are seven funds: Allied Arts and Humanities Fund, Economic Development 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. Economic development grants of up to $5,000 often go to such causes as affordable housing, transportation, health care, education, and job training. 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. And from time to time, 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, BCF also awards scholarships through eight different funds. Programs of the fund include fund development, affiliates, planned giving partnerships, mentoring for local nonprofits, and educational workshops.

In a recent year, the foundation’s assets topped $10 million. This followed a five-fold growth over the course of three years. BCF typically manages over 100 funds and gives at least $1 million back to the community each year.

The foundation has a three-person staff consisting of a CEO, a director of affiliates and community outreach, and a financial and administrative assistant. There are about 13 members of the board of directors. General questions can be submitted to the staff via online form or called into 918-337-2287.

You can learn about foundation-supported activities, such as galas and workshops, by checking out its Events page. Foundation news and the BCF blog can be viewed on the funder’s website as well. This is where you’ll see announcements for new grant cycles.


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