Lavina Parker Trust

OVERVIEW: The Lavina Parker Trust supports human services, mental health, and crisis intervention in Kay County, Oklahoma.

FUNDING AREAS: Mental health, crisis intervention, children and youth, human services

IP TAKE: This trust does not award a lot of grants, but the ones it does award are very targeted and locally focused.

PROFILE: Established in 1992, the Lavina Parker Trust is a private grantmaking foundation that is focused on the state of Oklahoma. The founder wished for this trust to “provide support for mentally disabled children living in Kay County, Oklahoma.” Managed by Bank of America’s Texas office, the foundation funds human services, mental health, and crisis intervention efforts in Oklahoma.

The Lavina Parker Trust regularly supports local nonprofits that provide medical and psychiatric care for mentally disabled children and youth. In particular, the trust prioritizes children under the age of 19. Parker Trust grants go towards helping, maintaining, educating, and assisting young people who have mental issues and require specialized care. The funder usually makes three or four grants each year.

Grants range between about $2,500 and $15,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its Foundation Center grant history. Grantmaking focuses exclusively on Kay County in Oklahoma. Past local grantees include the Blackwell Public School Foundation, Peckham Public School, and Blackwell Public School Foundation.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The annual application deadline is June 15, and applicants can expect to hear back with a funding decision within about three to four months after this date. Grantseekers must use the Bank of America online system to apply for a grant. Direct general questions to the staff at tx.philanthropic@ustrust.com or 800-357-7094.

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