Community Investment Grants

Oklahoma City and Tulsa

The Cox Connects Community Investment Grant program is designed to assist nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations that provide outstanding programs that benefit communities in the Cox Communications service areas.

Communities in the Oklahoma City-metro Cox Communications service area include: Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, El Reno, Forest Park, Guthrie, Harrah, Lake Aluma, Midwest City, Moore, Mustang, Nichols Hills, Nicoma Park, Norman, Oklahoma City, Spencer, The Village, Tinker AFB, Valley Brook, Warr Acres and Yukon.

Communities in the Tulsa-metro Cox Communications service area include: Tulsa, Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Claremore, Collinsville, Coweta, Glenpool, Jenks, Keifer, Owasso, Sand Springs and Sapulpa.

Cox Connects Community Investment funds are targeted toward programs that further Cox Communications’ goal to build strong communities by enriching the lives of Oklahomans in the areas of education, technology, social issues and the arts.

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Requirements for Grant Application

In order to qualify for Cox Connects Foundation grant funding, an organization must:

  • Qualify for tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code
  • Benefit communities in the Cox Communications service areas
  • Work with other agencies in the public and private sectors
  • Leverage other funding, public or private **
  • Measure and continuously evaluate the effectiveness of its nonprofit programs
  • Practice sound fiscal policies and responsible financial management
  • Fill a recognized need in the community without unnecessary duplication of others’ efforts

** Cox Connects Community Investment Grants only fund activities that are directly related to the provision of services. Applications must focus on one specific program within the organization. Special or one-time events will not be considered. Funding will not be given for capital endowments or general operations. Funding will not be awarded to an organization if the Cox Connects Community Investment Grant is the only source of financial support.

Grant Application Review Process

Grant applications are reviewed annually by the Cox Connects Advisory Council, comprised of Cox Communications employees and representatives from the local community foundation. Funding decisions are based on the quality of the applicant’s program, and service to the community in the areas of education, technology, social issues and the arts. Additional considerations include the scope of each program, the overall impact on the community, the number of people served and the validity and urgency of needs addressed. Preference is given to programs that provide a unique service not being duplicated in the community. Grants will be awarded up to $5,000 each.

Limitations

The Cox Connects Foundation does not provide grant support to:

  • Individuals
  • Political campaigns
  • Labor or fraternal organizations
  • Athletic organizations or clubs
  • Endowment funds
  • Foundations that would utilize CCF funding for external grant making purposes
  • Religious organizations
  • Capital expenditures
  • Facility/equipment upgrades (i.e. computers, televisions, phones)

All funds granted by the Cox Connects Foundation are to be used exclusively for the program listed in the grant application. Grants will be limited to one per year, to be used within that year, unless otherwise specified. Organizations may reapply each year. The Cox Connects Foundation reserves the right to accept or reject any application and to approve or disapprove any proposal for funding. The Cox Connects Foundation also reserves the right to change the application criteria at any time. Other limitations may apply and will be evaluated on an individual basis.

If funded, the Cox Connects Foundation and the local community foundation may audit the financial records and conduct quality assurance audits of the organization at any time. Award funding will be terminated if false information is submitted or requested information withheld. Grant recipients will be required to submit an end-of-year report documenting program expenses and activities, and provide a guided site tour of the program facility for the Cox Connects Advisory Council.

How To Apply

  • Complete the Community Investment Grant application, including budget form and eligibility requirement sheet
  • Include the organization description (1 page), board/staff list (1 page), and tax exemption letter (statement of 501(c)(3) status)
  • Include program information (up to 3 pages), and funding sources (1 page)
  • Attach financial information, including current and prior year budgets, budget expense descriptions (1 page), and list of corporate/foundation supporters

Note: Only one application per organization will be accepted. Applications must focus on one specific program (non-event related) within your organization. Organizations with numerous sites may only submit one application per grant cycle. Organizations submitting multiple applications will be disqualified.

     
 
March 1, 2012 Applications available for download
May 1, 2012 Applications must be submitted electronically by deadline
Late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted
October 2012

Funding determination by Cox Connects Foundation advisory council
Notification of grant recipients

December 2012 Cox Connects Foundation advisory council presents grant checks
 
     

Submit application electronically no later than May 1, 2012.

Contact Us

For additional information about the Cox Connects scholarship program, email the Cox Connects Program Administrator or call (918) 286-4546.


     
 

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