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Winners of $1M Great Idea Challenge Grant to be announced Jan. 9.

Byline: Journal Record Staff

OKLAHOMA CITY Six "transformative" projects have been selected by the Oklahoma City Community Foundationand will be funded with$1 million through the foundation's Great Idea Challenge Grant initiative.

Nearly 100 ideas were submitted. The six winning projects will be announced Jan. 9.

The Great Idea Challenge commemorates the foundation's 50th anniversary by launching new, innovative programs and community initiatives that could benefit Oklahoma City and surrounding areas over the next 50 years, the foundation said in a press release.

"The Oklahoma City Community Foundation was founded in 1969 with the vision of a brighter future in central Oklahoma," said OCCF President Nancy Anthony. "Our community and our foundation have come a long way since then, and what better way to celebrate than to plant new seeds and launch new ventures for the future."

The Great Idea Challenge was announced in April and invited nonprofits, community organizations and individuals to submit proposals in areas such as the arts, culture, health and wellness, education and social services. Nine finalists were selected, including three runners-up. The six winners and the runners-up will be present for the announcement at OCCF, 1000 N. Broadway Ave., at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

The mission of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, a nonprofit public charity, is to serve the charitable purposes of its donors and the charitable needs of the Oklahoma City area through the development and administration of endowment and other charitable funds with the goal of preserving capital and enhancing value.

In fiscal 2018, which ended June 30, the foundation had more than $1 billion in assets, awarded $34.9 million in grants and distributions and received $39.7 million in contributions, according to the foundation's website.

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Publication:Journal Record (Oklahoma City, OK)
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Date:Jan 4, 2019
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