Welcome to the Potts Family Foundation Grants page. The foundation has two forms of grant gifting: First, through our grants committee process and secondly, through discretionary grant dollars issued to each member of our board of directors. This page is focused on the former.
Our recently published A Decade of Giving Report (2009 – 2018) reveals that over the past ten years, the foundation has disbursed over $2.5 million. You can find a copy of that report by clicking HERE.
The foundation’s Grants Committee is comprised of board members and community leaders that are charged with reviewing proposals from nonprofits and determining how much to allocate based upon how well the applicant’s proposal supports the foundation’s OK25by25 mission. Click HERE to review the OK25by25 mission and initiative. The foundation’s board of directors approves a set amount for each calendar year budget. This year’s (2019) amount is $120,000.
2019 Grants will support building the 25by25 Initiative and focus on:
- Home Based Parent Education & Support
- Accessible High Quality Child Care
- Preventative Health care in Early Childhood
- Literacy – Numeracy & Social/Emotional Development
All focus areas are for children ages pre-birth to 5 and their families.
Our grants cycle begins in November of the previous year with the approval of our upcoming year’s budget by the board of directors. We announce in February that the grants cycle is open with a request that a 500 word abstract be submitted PRIOR TO the actual proposal. Click HERE to see an example of what an abstract looks like. All abstracts must be submitted by March 1. Once the abstracts have been received and approved by the Grants Committee, the foundation notifies the applicants that they can proceed with their full submission.
All proposals have a mid-April deadline so that the Grants Committee members can individually review and grade each submission. The Grants Committee then meets in its entirety in mid-May to review the individual recommendations and finalize which applications will receive funding and in what amounts. The recommendations are then sent to the board for approval at their late-May board of directors meeting. Successful applicants are informed on or about June 1.
Each successful applicant will be required to provide a summary update (1-2 pages maximum) by the end of October, with a final report due by the end of March, the following year. A concise Grant Cycle Timeline is available below.
2019 Grant Cycle
PFF Board Meeting
Final Grants Committee Meeting for funding recommendations
Responses due from Grants Committee
Reminders Sent to Grants Committee
Applications due in PFF Office by 4:00 p.m.
Request for Proposals (RFPs) available online