Our Grant Process

Welcome to the Potts Family Foundation Grants page

The foundation has two forms of grant gifting: Through our grants committee process and through discretionary grant dollars issued to each member of our board of directors. This page is focused on the former.

Notice: Our grants timeline for 2023 will be moving to early to mid second quarter.

Please check back for more updates after May 15, 2023.

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 (2022) amount is $120,000.

2022 Grants will support building the OK25by25 Initiative and focus on:

  1. Evidence-Based 2 Generation Family Support Programs
  2. Access to High-Quality Child Care
  3. Access to Affordable, Preventive Physical (including brain) Health Care
  4. Evidence-based Literacy, Numeracy & Social/Emotional Development Programs

All focus areas are for children ages pre-birth to 5 and their families.

Annual Grant Cycle

The Potts Family Foundation’s annual grant cycle begins shortly after the first of the calendar year. The process is driven by the Grants Committee of the Board of Directors and supported by staff.

The maximum grant to any one organization annually is $15,000.

Step 1
Invitation to Submit Abstract

Mid January each year, previous grantees and select new organizations are invited to submit a 500 word (maximum) Request for Abstracts (RFA). The abstract will provide a summary of the project, the outcomes and how the requested funds will support the effort. Deadline for the abstract is usually late February. 

Step 2
Invitation to Submit a Full Proposal

Mid March each year, following abstract review by the Grants Committee of the Board of Directors, 15-20 organizations will be invited to submit full proposals. Applications will be submitted online with a deadline in mid April.

Step 3
Grant Scoring and Awards

The Grants Committee members review and score each proposal submitted individually and then compare and discuss as a group. Decisions will be made by mid May and sent to the full board for approval at its meeting the third week of May.

Step 4

All organizations that submit proposals will be notified within days of the board meeting as to whether or not they will receive a grant. Awards may be made for less than the requested amount. Constructive feedback to those organizations not funded will be shared with each.

List of 2022 Grant Recipients

Care Center

Year Awarded: 2022

Awarded: $10000

Center for Children and Families

Year Awarded: 2022

Awarded: $10000

Child Abuse Network, Inc.

Year Awarded: 2022

Awarded: $10000

Community Action Project of Tulsa County Inc.

Year Awarded: 2022

Awarded: $5000

Great Plains Youth & Family Services

Year Awarded: 2022

Awarded: $7500

Latino Community Development Agency

Year Awarded: 2022

Awarded: $12000