Bernsen Foundation Grants

Grace and Franklin Bernsen Foundation

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Capital Project, Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Counties in Oklahoma: Creek County, Okmulgee County, Osage County, Pawnee County, Rogers County Show all

Location of residency: Counties in Oklahoma: Creek County, Okmulgee County, Osage County, Pawnee County, Rogers County Show all

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NOTE: The Foundation’s Board meets monthly. To be eligible for consideration, complete proposals must be in the foundation office by Noon of the last business day of the month prior to the meeting that might review the request.

The Grace and Franklin Bernsen Foundation (GFBF) provides grants in support of charitable, educational, health and human care, literacy and religious purposes. Support is limited to organizations serving the metropolitan Tulsa, Oklahoma community. 

To be considered, grant requests must be:

  • Responsive to all foundation guidelines and;
  • Submitted by an applicant tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code;
  • Applicants must operate in accordance with the foundation’s anti-discrimination policy: In short, we require applicants and grantees to refrain from discrimination on the basis of age, sex, race, religion, creed, color, handicap, sexual orientation or national origin.  

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • To be eligible for consideration, an applicant organization must provide a copy of the IRS, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt determination letter stating that the agency is treated as other than a private foundation within the meaning of Section 509(a) of the IRS Code. 
  • Grant requests must demonstrate a defined benefit, describe the population to be served, indicate where proposed services will be provided, how, at what cost and how the proposed program will be evaluated. (e.g., who is going to do what to whom, where, when, at what cost and how well.)
  • Capital, building and program funding are eligible for support.
  • On-going operational requests are occasionally, but rarely considered. 
  • Grant requests from elementary or secondary educational institutions will be considered only if they provide services for disabled / learning disabled students or, if a well-documented and promising case can be made for offering an innovative program that benefit all children in a given school or school district.
    • Applicants are limited to one request in any 12-month period. For example, if an agency submitted a proposal in August of one year, a new or additional request must wait until August of the following year, irrespective of whether the original request was approved or declined.
    • Recipient agencies who have been awarded a grant with a multi-year payout, may not submit another request until the multi-year grant has been fully satisfied. 
  • Multi-year commitments for significant projects are possible at the discretion of foundation trustees. 


  • The Foundation discourages grant requests from individuals, for general operating support, reduction of existing debt, or for programs previously supported by a GFBF grant
    • On-going operational requests are occasionally, but rarely considered.
  • Requests to sponsor events are rarely approved. See guidelines here.