Grant Evaluation Process

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 or its equivalent 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 considering grant requests, the Foundation generally gives priority to proposals with clearly defined benefits, such as those for basic capital funding purposes, equipment purchases and special program needs.  Grants may require matching funds to be raised by the recipient.


Grants are made in four primary fields of interest:



We consider the following conditions important when evaluating a proposal:


  • The proposed project is well planned and efficient in its use of funds
  • Foundation support would be vital to the project’s success
  • 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
  • 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 limited to the Foundation’s support of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Tulsa, which the Foundation’s founder, Lyle M. Gelvin, attended and supported during his lifetime.