Welcome

The Grace and Franklin Bernsen Foundation was created in 1968 to provide grants in support of charitable, educational, literary, religious, scientific purposes or, for the prevention of cruelty to children. By policy, the Foundation limits grants to non-profit organizations in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the home of Grace and Franklin Bernsen for more than six decades.


December 15, 2017, we begin a remodeling project in the foundation office. Our regular work continues but we will be working from a remote location and may not have everything we need to answer every question and handle every issue as promptly as we’d like. We appreciate your patience beginning the 15th and running through the rest of the month.

You can reach us by phone, email and on a somewhat slower basis, regular mail. Thanks for your understanding and we wish you and yours a very happy holiday season and a safe, peaceful, healthy and happy New Year.

Guidelines, last posted here in September 2016 have been revised. We hope the changes and the additions of two documents in the new Resources section of the Grant Guidelines page will make the application planning and submission process easier and more effective. If an applicant is seeking event sponsorship funds, the agency should review the appropriate section of these guidelines before submitting a request. Sponsorship requests that do not meet our guidelines will not be acknowledged or reviewed.

We urge applicants to contact us with questions before investing a great deal of time with an abstract and a proposal. Applications that are not responsive to our guidelines will not be shared with foundation trustees.

Questions should be directed to David Zemel, Director at 918-584-4711 or to david@bernsen.org

The Grace and Franklin Bernsen Foundation
August 2017




The Grace and Franklin Bernsen Foundation

15 West 6th Street, Suite 1308
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74119-5407
(918) 584-4711 (918) 584-4713 Fax info@bernsen.org