Zoo Fund For Kids

Oklahoma City Zoo

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Sep 1, 2019

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach

Location of project: Oklahoma

Location of residency: Preferred: Counties in Oklahoma: Canadian County, Cleveland County, Grady County, Lincoln County, Logan County, McClain County, Oklahoma County Other eligible locations: Oklahoma

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Zoo Fund for Kids

The Oklahoma Zoological Society (OZS), the Zoo's non-profit support group, provides grants to offset the cost of zoo education programs. These are available to pre-school through high school students, as well as youth and adult organizations.

About OKC Zoo

The Oklahoma City Zoo is a fully accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Alliance of Museums as both a living museum and a botanical garden with world-class habitats; a diverse animal collection of 1,400 species; a new, state-of-the-art animal hospital; and a membership base of more than 28,000. The Zoo participates in numerous cooperative Species Survival Plan projects and is dedicated to the conservation of rare and endangered wildlife.

AZA-accredited facilities are dedicated to providing excellent care for their plants and animals, a great experience for guests and a better future for all living things.

The Oklahoma City Zoological Park and Botanical Garden will be one of the world's premier zoological institutions, providing visitors and the community with exemplary recreational and educational opportunities.

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


  • Schools: Schools must select one of two program options, either
    • classes at the OKC Zoo (Pre K – 12) OR
    • as outreach programs at awarded site.
  • Nonprofit Organizations: Nonprofit organizations must select one of two program options, either
    • classes at the OKC Zoo (Pre K – 12) OR
    • as outreach programs at awarded site.
  • Libraries: Libraries are awarded outreach programs at their site only. 
  • A request for zoo admission only: Requests for admission to the OKC Zoo, without an educational program, are granted on a case-by-case basis and are only available to non-profit organizations. These special requests must be made by calling. 
  • Eligibility requirements: 
    • Request must be from an Oklahoma based school, library or nonprofit organization.
    • Schools must have 80% or more of their students receiving free or reduced lunches.
    • Libraries must have 80% or more of the students in their school district receiving free or reduced lunches.
    • Applications must request an education program at the OKC Zoo or an education outreach program provided by the OKC Zoo.
  • Grants cover program and admission costs only. Bus allowance does not cover complete cost of transportation.


  • Preference will be given to schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations with-in the Oklahoma City metro and surrounding areas.
    • (Metro and surrounding areas include but is not limited to Oklahoma City, Edmond, Yukon, Mustang, Moore, Midwest City, Del City, Norman, Bethany, Piedmont, Deer Creek, Choctaw, Warr Acres)


  • Funds cannot be used with any other Zoo or ZOOfriends specials or promotions.
  • Food costs, overnight programs, rides and shows are not covered by these funds.
  • Funds not used in the appropriate time frame cannot be carried over, held or transferred.
  • The Oklahoma City Zoo does not provide programs to private homes