Funders of community health and wellness initiatives

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Below is a list of funders that may offer grant money or other support for improving community health & wellness in Oklahoma. This list is reviewed and updated periodically.

Feel free to recommend any funders that should be added to this list by posting a comment below. The quickest way to find and share OPEN funding opportunities, which may have tight deadlines, is to visit the Funding Opportunities thread in the Forum or contact us.

Getting Started: Applying for Grants to Support Rural Health Projects

Applying for grants is hard work. The Rural Health Information Hub has a guide for rural nonprofits that focuses on successful grant writing for rural projects. The goal is not only to create proposals that are more likely to be funded but also to foster and strengthen potential long-term collaborations with funders. The guide includes tips on searching for rural-specific funding, grant proposal preparation, and planning for program sustainability. >> Read more.

Federal funding

Most federal grants (AHRQ, CDC, HRSA, etc.) are posted on  Search by keyword, agency, or type of organization eligible to find the right opportunities for your community.


Foundations regularly post grant opportunities on their websites. Each foundation has different priorities and areas of interest, so be sure to seek out funders whose interests match your organization’s mission, programs, populations served, and locations served.

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation – Building Bridges Grants Program; other areas of interest include the Arts, Child Well-Being, Environment, Medical Research

The Gelvin Foundation – Family & community service, health care, education, cultural/arts

Kirkpatrick Foundation – Animal welfare, arts/culture, education, environment

The Kresge Foundation – Expanding opportunities in America’s cities

Kress Foundation – Digital Resources Grant Program

Merrick Foundation – Foster independence / achievement; stimulate educational, economic, and cultural growth

The National Science Foundation – Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity supports academe-industry partnerships

The Noble Foundation – Capital funding, higher education, health research, & delivery systems

Oklahoma City Community Foundation – Parks & wellness

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Building a culture of health

W.K. Kellogg Foundation – Educated kids, healthy kids, secure families, racial equity, civic engagement

Road Runners Club of America – Organized and active running clubs and events in every community

USDA Grants and Loans – Farm to School Activities – Assist farms, schools, and every link in between in feeding kids healthy local meals; teaching them about food, farming and nutrition; and supporting local agricultural economies.


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