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Grants to Arkansas, Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma Nonprofits
for Health, Education, and Arts in Eligible Regions

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Chapman Foundations Management- H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trust and The Mary K. Chapman Foundation (Chapman Trusts)

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Grants to Arkansas, Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma nonprofit organizations for a broad range of charitable activities in eligible regions. LOIs must be submitted in advance of the deadline. Program areas include education, health and human services, civic and community, and arts and culture.

Depending on the availability of funds and the program area of interest, the managers and Trustees may give priority to the following geographic areas of the United States:
- Colleges and Universities - Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas
- Elementary and Secondary Education - Oklahoma
- Healthcare - Oklahoma
- Human Services - Oklahoma
- Civic and Community - Oklahoma
- Arts and Culture - Oklahoma

Within Oklahoma, the order of priority will normally be (i) Tulsa and surrounding counties, (ii) eastern Oklahoma, and (iii) statewide.

The Chapman Trusts will consider requests for support of capital projects and operating programs.

Requests with the following attributes are favored:
- Funding the project or program will serve a documented need and have a significant impact on the community.
- Financial support of (i) the organization management and board of directors, (ii) individuals of the general community affected by the program or project, and (iii) other private foundations.
- Sound financial planning for maintenance and continuation of the project or program after the initial funding is complete.
- Potentially benefits a significant segment of people.
- Applicant has committed volunteers and staff leadership.

The Chapman Trusts prefer to support organizations through cash grants for projects and programs, capital support, and operations. Sponsorships for events are very limited.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179785

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Chapman Trusts make grants only to charitable organizations, not to individuals. To be eligible, charities must (i) be qualified as tax-exempt under §501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code, and (ii) also maintain a classification by the IRS as a public charity, not a private foundation, under §509(a)(1) or (2), of the Code.

Because Congressional legislation approved in August, 2006 placed limitations on grants to certain supporting organizations classified as public charities under §509(a)(3), the Foundation does not make grants to such organizations. In some instances the Foundation can make grants to an organization supported by a supporting organization. Only in rare instances will the trusts make grants requiring the exercise of expenditure responsibility. Certain public instrumentalities are also eligible to receive grants.

Grants are not made in support of operations or programs conducted outside the United States.

Grant requests for the following purposes are not favored:
- Endowments, except as a limited part of a capital project reserved for maintenance of the facility being constructed.
- Deficit financing and debt retirement.
- Projects or programs for which the Chapman Trusts would be the sole source of financial support.
- Travel, conferences, conventions, group meetings, or seminars. Camp programs and other seasonal activities.
- Religious programs of religious organizations.
- Project or program planning.
- Start-up ventures are not excluded, but organizations with a proven strategy and results are preferred.
- Purposes normally funded by taxation or governmental agencies.
- Requests made (i) less than nine months from the declination of a previous request by an applicant, or (ii) within nine months of the last payment made on a grant made to an applicant.
- Requests for more than one project.

Grants are not made for the following purposes:
To be passed-through to another organization that is not a §501(c)(3) public charity or a - governmental entity.
- To attempt to influence legislation or the outcome of any election, or to political campaigns.

Pre-Application Information:

There are two steps in the process of applying for a grant. The first is a Letter of Inquiry from the applicant. This letter is used to determine if the applicant will be invited to take the second step of submitting a formal Grant Proposal.

Quarterly grant review meetings are held in March, June, September, and December.

The deadline for our receipt of an applicant's Grant Proposal is the 1st day of the month preceding a quarterly meeting. However, since the review and approval of a Letter of Inquiry must precede the Grant Proposal, an applicant should begin its application process well in advance of that deadline.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

LOIs should be emailed to:

Andie Doyle, Program Officer
719-465-5977 ext. 3

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USA: Arkansas;   Colorado: Colorado Springs Metropolitan Area;   Oklahoma: Tulsa and surrounding counties, eastern Oklahoma, and statewide;   Texas

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