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This post is updated weekly. To find additional OPEN opportunities, which may have tight deadlines, or to see past funding announcements, visit the Funding Opportunities thread in the Forum [members only].

  • Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program from the Federal Transit Administration. Application deadline is August 25. Click for funding details.
  • BEE the Change Summer Pollinator Garden Giveaway: Get and give a free pollinator to a school or teacher. Giveaway closes August 31. Click for giveaway details.
  • Voices for Healthy Kids: this initiative focuses efforts on schools, community, and out-of-school time/early care and education. Applications should support at least one of these areas. First application deadline is September 6. Click for funding details.

If you know of an open funding opportunity that may be of interest to the OK In the Know community, tell us about it! Post a comment below, add it to the Funding Opportunities thread in the Forum [members only] or contact us.

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Remember the OK In the Know member survey from earlier this spring? If you filled it out, thank you! Read on to see what people said, and ways we can use what we heard to make OK In the Know even better together.

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The Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center (OTRC) has various research studies that are in need of participants.

Check out these opportunities below and share this information with others!

1) Dr. Francesco Versace, Ph.D. of the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center and his research staff are looking for eligible participants between the ages of 14 and 21, in the Metro Oklahoma City Area, or willing to travel at their own expense to the OTRC facilities in Oklahoma city. This study seeks to assess differences in the brain responses of adolescent and young adult smokers and non-smokers. The whole procedure is safe and non-invasive and will take about two hours. There is no cost to you and if eligible you will be compensated for your time.

Contact information: Call 405-271-1389, e-mail, or click this link for more information.


2) Dr. Theodore L. Wagoner, Ph.D. of the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center and his research staff are looking for eligible participants over the age of 21, who are willing to use hookah product and drink alcohol during the study, and able to travel to the OTRC facilities in Oklahoma City. This study seeks to assess the effect of concurrent hookah and alcohol consumption on smoking topography and toxicant exposure. If you and your friend are of age and typically share a hookah, you may qualify for this study being conducted at the OU Health Sciences Center. There is no cost to you and if eligible you will be compensated for your time.

Contact information: Call 405-271-4749, e-mail, or click this link for more information.

Click here to learn more about additional research studies in Oklahoma focusing on e-cigarettes and vaping.


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May is National Bike Month!

May 10 is Walk & Bike to School Day and May 19, 2017 is Bike To Work Day in Central Oklahoma!

Biking is a great form of active transportation that can help promote active, healthy living. Metro-area communities in Central Oklahoma will celebrate with official events including: Edmond, Guthrie, Moore, Norman, Oklahoma City and Yukon.

Get In the Know

Find more ideas and national resources for promoting bicycle commuting from the League of American Bicyclists website.

Visit the Bike Month calendar to learn more about events going on in Central Oklahoma, or access additional resources from the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) here. Thanks @beverlywill for sharing!

Let’s talk!

Whether you’re in Central Oklahoma or beyond, get the OK In the Know community behind you! Comment on what’s happening near you this month (or how you’re leveraging Bike Month to gain momentum for your work) in the Forum (login required) or contact the OK In the Know team to have your event added to the public events calendar.

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Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Oklahoma Turning Point Council Community Champion Award Program. Award categories include: tobacco, obesity, children’s health, behavioral health and other.

The deadline for submission (electronic) is Friday, May 26th, 2017 at 5 PM. All nominees selected to receive a 2017 OTPC Community Champion Award will be notified on or before June 30, 2017.

In addition, 2017 Community Champions will receive recognition at a special awards luncheon during the OTPC Synergy Conference on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at the NCED Conference Center in Norman, OK.

Visit for more details and submission instructions to nominate a coalition, organization or strategic partnership for the 2017 OTPC Community Champion Award!

For more information about the OTPC Community Champion Award Program, contact

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What makes OK In the Know great? Members like YOU!

Did you know?

The OK In the Know Community Council gives a unified voice to the interests and desires of members working at the local and regional levels throughout Oklahoma. The Community Council represents the participating groups on OK In the Know, and they meet monthly to provide strategic direction on ways to make OK In the Know more useful and provide input on initiatives to support collaboration.

Since forming in fall 2016, the Community Council has already found creative ways we can help each other do our grant work more efficiently and work together toward shared public health goals.

The Community Council…
  • Provides input into decisions about priorities for OK In the Know tools and strategies for collaboration
  • Gathers feedback from OK In the Know members and represent local grantees
  • Fosters relationships between OK In the Know members, including lead agency staff, Community Managers, and fellow grantees
  • Helps others become more familiar with OK In the Know
Meet Your Neighbors

You asked for it, so the “Meet Your Neighbors” feature is BACK to spotlight what members are doing around Oklahoma! To kick things off, we’re starting with introductions to the OK In the Know Community Council members:

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Stories of what people are doing around Oklahoma to move their communities toward wellness can be found in the Oklahoma Spotlight category within the Resources section of this site.

Success stories can serve as examples to your community partners of why health matters, and provide inspiration as to what they can do to help your community thrive with their unique assets or talents.

And, when the going gets tough — or when you’re just trying to keep going — they help us remember that a small group, or even one person with a vision, can ignite a passion and continued action throughout their community. Each of us, through our hard work, is contributing to this momentum.

>>See which communities are in the Oklahoma Spotlight!

Make these success stories work for you
  1. Contacts are provided from each of the initiatives featured in the success stories on this site — reach out to them to congratulate them, support the local momentum if you’re in the area, or bounce ideas on how to start a similar initiative in your area.
  2. Share these stories with colleagues and local collaborators to spark new ideas.
  3. Show these stories to prospective partners to help them see how successful partnerships might look.
  4. Bring these stories to local leaders to build support for health and wellness initiatives.

Post a comment below and share your own ideas — How have you made story-telling or success stories work for you? 

Pay it forward – share what you’re working on!

Talking about your local successes helps great ideas spread to more communities – and everybody wins. Every project has hurdles to overcome, and even the not-so-successful results are worth talking about so the OK In the Know community can lift you up and learn with you.

Post in the “Tips, Tools, and Success Stories section of the Forum, or contact the OK In the Know team to tell your own story!

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