New grant program offers funding for arts programs serving Oklahoma military community | Community

A new pilot grant program of the Oklahoma Arts Council can help organizations statewide serve military-connected individuals in their communities through the arts. Oklahoma Arts and the Military Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support learning-based and audience-based arts programs serving active-duty service members, reservists, National Guard members, veterans, and immediate family and caregivers. New and existing classes, workshops, professional development, performances, exhibitions, festivals and more can be supported.

Eligible organizations include 501(c)(3) nonprofits; city, county, and tribal governments; colleges and universities; and, public libraries. Nonprofit military and veteran support organizations are encouraged to apply.

“In 2015, the Oklahoma Arts Council launched the Oklahoma Arts and the Military Initiative, and part of the vision for the initiative was to inspire and equip organizations and artists in our state to serve veterans, active-duty service members, and others in Oklahoma who have ties to the military,” said Oklahoma Arts Council Executive Director Amber Sharples. “Nearly 10 percent of Oklahomans have a connection to the military. This pilot grant program will benefit a sizable community of Oklahomans who deserve our support and whose service to our country merits our service to them through the arts.”

Applications for Oklahoma Arts and the Military Grants are due March 1. New and ongoing programs may be eligible for funding; however, programs cannot end before the submission of an application. Activities that can be supported must take place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

Applications and guidelines are available at For more information, contact Oklahoma Arts Council Arts Education Director Jennifer Allen-Barron at (405) 521-2036 or

Oklahoma Arts and the Military Grants are made possible in part by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mid-America Arts Alliance. 

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