Cox Connects Community IMPACT Grant

The Cox Connects Foundation's Community IMPACT Grant will award one grant each, in the amount of $50,000, in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro areas. The grant will be gifted to an Oklahoma educational initiative that will create or enhance an in-school or out-of-school time program that enriches the overall educational experience and social wellbeing of students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, or students in early childhood education programs.

Qualifying public, charter or private schools and nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations are invited to submit a letter of inquiry to the Cox Connects Foundation between June 1 and September 14, 2012.

All letters of inquiry should impact programs within the Cox Oklahoma service area. Tulsa-area communities include: Tulsa, Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Claremore, Coweta, Glenpool, Jenks, Keifer, Owasso, Sand Springs and Sapulpa. Oklahoma City-area communities include: Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Deer Creek, 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.

Letters of Inquiry

Letters of Inquiry will be considered for programs that provide programming to students during the school year, during planned breaks or intercessions and over the summer months. Letters of inquiry should include one or more of the following target areas:

  • Demonstrate broad impact programming that supports or enriches teacher quality or improves instruction.
  • Address barriers to student learning, such as student engagement, language or the general social wellbeing of the student.
  • Create or expand quality out-of-school time programming that ensures a continuum of educational and whole-child programs and services.
  • Encourage parental involvement in and outside the classroom.
  • Demonstrate collaborative efforts among school or community organizations or across curriculum, grade level or school boundaries to enhance or broaden a unique educational opportunity.

Review Process

Letters of Inquiry will be reviewed by the Cox Connects Advisory Council, comprised of 23 Cox Communications employees. Organizations will be notified in October as to whether or not they are invited to submit a grant application.

All funds granted by the Cox Connects Foundation are to be used exclusively for the project listed in the letter of inquiry and subsequent grant application. The Cox Connects Foundation reserves the right to accept or reject any letter of inquiry 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.

How To Apply


June 2012 Letters of Inquiry available for download
Sept. 14, 2012 Letters of Inquiry must be submitted electronically by deadline.
Late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
October 2012 Grant Applications requested from selected organizations
November 2012

Grant Finalists make formal presentation to Advisory Council
Grant Recipient notification

December 2012 Cox Connects Advisory Council presents grant checks

Submit Letters of Inquiry electronically no later than September 14, 2012.

  • Note: Organizations that have applied for an Innovation of Education or Community Investment Grant are eligible to submit a letter of inquiry for the Community Impact Grant.
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