Our competitive grant cycle is an annual event that allows Non-Profit Organizations to apply for grants up to $10,000. Letters of Intent are due each year by August 1st. They may be submitted any time before August 1st, within 6 weeks of receiving the Letter of Intent, the Grant Distribution Committee will review and determine which organizations will be requested to submit a Grant Proposal. Organizations will be notified by letter as to the status of their request. The Grant Proposals are due September 15th.


The Cherokee Strip Community Foundation welcomes proposals from any non-profit organization in the Cherokee Strip Region with an IRS tax exempt status. The Foundation will consider funding for special projects, innovative programs, and equipment. Most grants are in the $1,000 to $10,000 range. Larger grants could be made on occasion.  The Cherokee Strip Region includes Enid & Northwestern Oklahoma.


Before a Grant Proposal is required by the Foundation, a Letter of Intent must be submitted. The Letter of Intent should be no more than 2 pages (single-spaced) and should include the following:

  • An introduction to your organizations mission and how your current programs support your mission.

  • A brief outline of the need or problem addressed by the proposed grant.

  • The purpose of the grant.

  • The amount of the grant requested as well as total cost.

  • A simplified project budget, if applicable.

  • A statement of your charitable status and a copy of your 501 c 3.

  • List of Board of Directors.


As a rule the Foundation does not make grants for:

  • Operating expenses.

  • Medical or scholarly research.

  • Membership fees.

  • Ticket sales for charitable fund-raising events.

  • Sectarian religious purposes.

  • Travel for groups, such as school classes, clubs or sports teams.

  • Capital debt reductions.

  • Individuals.

  • Political projects.


The Foundation awards grants from unrestricted endowments once a year. After receiving a Foundation grant, we prefer that an agency not participate with the same project request in the immediately following grant cycle. Letters of Intent and Grant Proposals are requested at the Foundation office no later than noon on the deadline date.

The chances of your agency’s proposal being funded are substantially increased if the project:
  • Proposes practical solutions to community problems.

  • Promotes volunteer participation and citizen involvement in the community.

  • Could not be accomplished with other sources of support.

  • Is responsive to changing or emerging community needs.

  • Leverages or generates other funding or resources.

  • Exhibits likelihood of future funding.

  • Promotes cooperation among non-profit agencies without duplicating efforts.

  • Addresses prevention as well as assistance for a problem.

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