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The Gelvin Foundation
Grant Guidelines

The Gelvin Foundation is limited by policy to the support of non-profit organizations principally in Oklahoma, with emphasis given to organizations whose programs and services primarily benefit those living within a 30-mile radius of Tulsa or Eufaula. To be eligible for consideration, an organization must have a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Service. Grant applications for individuals or political interests are not accepted, and applications for general support, debt reduction or continued support for the same programs are discouraged.

In making its grants, the Foundation gives priority to proposals with clearly defined benefits, such as those for building or capital funding purposes, and special program needs. Grants may require matching funds to be raised by the recipient.

Grants are made in five primary fields of interest:

Family and Community Service
Health Care
Cultural - Arts

The Foundation's Directors consider the following conditions important when evaluating a proposal:


            Foundation support would be vital to the project's success

            The proposed project is well planned and efficient in its use of funds

            The project has a significant or long lasting impact on its beneficiaries

            The project has the ability to be self supporting after the grant funds have been used while the
    organization demonstrates sound fiscal management and the likelihood of meeting its objectives

            The organization works effectively with other entities where applicable to enhance its services and avoid duplication of effort

Grants to religious organizations and programs are currently limited to the Foundation's support of St. John's Episcopal Church in Tulsa, which Mr. Gelvin attended and supported during his lifetime.