Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation: Oklahoma Grants

OVERVIEW: The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation focuses grantmaking on higher education, community building, and health research and delivery in south-central and central Oklahoma.

FUNDING AREAS: Higher education, health research and delivery systems, social service/quality of life projects

IP TAKE: This is an accessible, locally-focused foundation that accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry and has a straightforward application process.

PROFILE: Founded in 1945 and based in Ardmore, Oklahoma, the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation supports community, education, and healthcare projects and organizations.  Lloyd Noble was a successful oilman who named this foundation after his father, Samuel Roberts Noble. Lloyd was the founder of Noble Drilling Corporation and the Samedan Oil Corporation. Today, the foundation aims to “continue the philanthropic legacy of Lloyd Noble by funding agricultural research and making charitable grants that cultivate good health, support education and build stronger communities.” Grantmaking areas of interest are health, education, and community.

In recent years, the foundation’s main areas of interests have revolved around higher education, health research and delivery systems, and social service/quality of life projects. This funder only considers single-year commitments.

Grants typically fall between $10,000 and $50,000 each. Visit the foundation website to read the news sections for each of these areas of interest and learn how this funder gives. The Noble Foundation focuses its grantmaking on south-central and central Oklahoma, and almost all grantees are located in Oklahoma.

The Nobel Foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry from nonprofits. Grantseekers must use the funder’s online grant management system to submit letters. Direct general questions to the foundation staff at or 580-224-6247.


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