Grant Guidelines

Important Notice
September 12, 2022

Due to staff illness there will not be an September 2022 board meeting. All proposals received by the September 2022 meeting deadline will be considered at the October 2022 meeting.

July  2021 Update

Beginning October 1, 2021, the foundation will resume accepting capital facility grant applications that were temporarily suspended in November 2020. Our application guidelines remain largely unchanged and begins with an emailed abstract (which is not an LOI or summary) and if approved, a hard copy proposal will be requested. We continue to meet monthly and urge you to review our grant-making guidelines prior to application. Abstracts and/or proposals that do not conform to our guidelines or that are incomplete as submitted, will not be considered. Potential applicants are urged to contact the foundation to discuss possible requests prior to submitting an abstract. Calls and emails should be directed to David Zemel, at 918-584-4711 or to

All abstracts and applications should include how much if any, public funds flowed to the agency as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact the pandemic had on agency services and finances and your plans for moving forward once public funding is no longer available. Capital facility requests must reflect what the applicant learned while its usual working conditions were interrupted by the pandemic and how a new facility incorporates the lessons learned during the lockdown. Capital requests for equipment that enhance the applicant's ability to improve service delivery effectiveness and efficiency continue to be considered.

The Grace and Franklin Bernsen Foundation
November 2020

Please click here to download the guidelines as a pdf. [Revised November 2020]


The Grantsmanship Center News, included a proposal checklist (1979) as part of a much longer piece entitled “Planning Programs and Proposal Writing.” We use this checklist today to evaluate applications. You would be well served to use the following outline and suggestions while constructing your request—whether you’re writing one sentence to address each issue or much longer descriptions. For applications that require a specific structure, a good proposal still finds a way to address each of these issues.

Proposal Checklist
Sample Budget