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.

July 2018

Guidelines last posted here in August 2017 have been revised. We hope the changes and additions in the new Resources section of the Grant Guidelines page will make the application planning and submission process easier and more effective. We use these resources to review applications and you’re encouraged to base your request and budget on these formats.

Sponsorship Requests. The foundation typically receives a half dozen or more such requests every month. There is a section in our guidelines to guide applicants seeking this type of support. While rarely approved; preferring to fund direct program expenses more than events, applicants much conform to our application guidelines rather than send a direct mail appeal. Sponsorship requests that do not meet our guidelines will not be acknowledged or reviewed.

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

Questions are encouraged and welcome.
Please direct all inquiries to David Zemel at 918-584-4711 or to david@bernsen.org

The Grace and Franklin Bernsen Foundation

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