Tahlequah Community Fund: Special Project Challenge Grants

Communities Foundation of Oklahoma

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Deadline: Aug 31, 2020

Grant amount: Up to US $50,000

Fields of work: Public / Community Art Youth Involvement in the Arts Environmental Stewardship Recreation Parks & Public Spaces Health & Medicine Community Development & Revitalization Human & Social Services Education Show all

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Cherokee County, Oklahoma

Location of residency: Cherokee County, Oklahoma

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Tahlequah Community Fund

The Tahlequah Community Fund is very pleased to announce the launch in November 2019 of a new grant program, the Special Projects Challenge Grant. This competitive, major grant program encourages ambitious project proposals by organizations that seek to develop significant physical improvements benefitting the Tahlequah community. As a “Challenge Grant,” TCF will match the winning proposal dollar for dollar, up to $50,000!

What is the Special Project Challenge Grant?

The Tahlequah Community Fund (TCF) offers periodically a Special Project Challenge Grant (SPCG) to assist nonprofit 501(c)(3) and local government entities (including public schools) in their efforts to serve special community needs. The SPCG is intended to provide funding that is dedicated to creating significant projects and other physical improvements that benefit the entire community. 

The SPCG focuses on projects that directly engage residents and businesses in creating green spaces, gathering places, mini-parks, public art, and other community amenities. The SPCG will match 1:1 every dollar raised by the chosen organization and committed to a specific project, up to $50,000. 

Why a Challenge Grant?

Challenge grants work. Donors are more willing to give and often willing to give more if their contributions are matched by other funds. Used wisely, not-for-profit agencies will find challenge grants an excellent tool to raise the funds necessary to complete projects.

The Tahlequah Community Fund - Special Project Challenge Grant (SPCG) process encourages projects in the following areas:

  • Community development & revitalization
  • Parks, recreation, & environmental enhancement
  • Health & human services
  • Youth & education

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


  • Entities eligible to receive grants are restricted to charitable organizations recognized as exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code, public schools, and governmental entities.


  • While the TCF remains flexible in trying to meet community needs, in general, grants are not made to fund: 
    • Operating support for established programs.
    • Funding of endowment campaigns.
    • Religious organizations for religious purposes.
    • Individuals directly.
    • Development or public relations activities (e.g. literature, videos, etc.).
    • Phased projects.
    • Retirement of debts.
    • Annual appeals or membership contributions.
    • Travel for bands, sports teams, classes, etc.
    • Computers (unless presented as a necessary component of larger program or objective).
    • Post-event or after-the-fact situations.