OGE Energy Corp. Foundation

OVERVIEW: This corporate funder favors early childhood education programs in the state of Oklahoma. It also funds human services, arts, and community causes in the communities that the energy company serves in Oklahoma and western Arkansas.

FUNDING AREAS: Early education, STEM education, human services, the arts, community development

IP TAKE:  The grant application process here is very straightforward, and many different types of Oklahoma nonprofits can get in on the action. Early and K-12 education are the funder’s top interests.

PROFILE: The OGE Energy Corp. Foundation is the grantmaking arm of the OGE Energy company. This company was the first to successfully bring electricity to Oklahoma in 1902. The purpose of the foundation is to improve the quality of life and to encourage economic development in the communities it serves.

A list of cities and towns served by OG&E, and potentially eligible for grants based on geography, can be found here. Almost all of the towns are located in Oklahoma, with a few in Arkansas. Overall, the company serves more than 830,000 customers in 276 towns and cities in a 30,000-square-mile area of Oklahoma and western Arkansas. It has about 2,500 employees in these communities.

The largest grantmaking emphasis here is math and science learning for early education. However, it also occasionally awards grants in the areas of human services, community development, and the arts. Religious organizations are only funded if they serve residents regardless of denomination. Keep in mind that this funder doesn’t typically support building or capital improvements, sports teams, political activities, or fundraisers.

There are four deadlines to apply for an OGE grant are March 15, June 15, September 15, and December 15. You can actually apply at any time, but this is when the cutoff dates fall for the quarterly committee meetings in April, July, October, and January. Grantseekers can find the application online; it’s a six-page fillable form. Application materials are no longer accepted by mail.

General questions can be directed to the staff at 405-553-3493 or ogeecfd@oge.com. The foundation website does not publish staff information but company employees that assist with foundation operations can be found on LinkedIn. 

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