• Let's Celebrate you!

    In spring 2019, we will gather as a city for Flourish OKC. Formerly the Passion Awards, this annual event will continue to celebrate faithful followers of Jesus who are making a difference in their communities, catalyze the family of God to work together for even more impact, and cast a vision for a city where everyone can flourish. The Flourish OKC event will focus its energy, attention, and voice on one major issue in our city each year. This highlighting will allow us to celebrate the depth and diversity of work already occurring, as well as focus on a specific area where the Church can have a redemptive impact in the coming year.

     

    The 2019 Flourish OKC focus is: EDUCATION

     

    As part of the larger celebration, Flourish will be honoring selected ministries who faithfully engage in Education with grant awards. Hobby Lobby is the generous sponsor of Flourish OKC and is excited to identify and support effective, excellent ministries who are committed to a flourishing city in body, mind, and spirit. Registered 501(c)3 organizations are encouraged to apply for one of ten grant awards that will help continue their work.

    Eligibility requirements are listed below.

     

    Flourish event information and website will be open to the public soon. This site serves as a resource for organizations wishing to apply for a ministry grant award.

     

  • Eligibility requirements

    Organizations must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to receive a grant award:

    Focus Area

    The Flourish 2019 Celebration will be focusing on Education. We understand this is a broad term that has many appropriate definitions or understandings. For the purposes of this award, one of the following must apply:

    • focus on services related to schooling, academic skills, life skills, and/or vocational skills for children or adults
    • focus on services that support access to, or success in, educational attainment for children or adults (examples could include mentoring or mental health services) *Note: a strong connection between the services offered and education must be defined in the application process. 

    Service Area

    Ministry Awards are limited to organizations (or local chapters of national organizations) that are located in and serve the Oklahoma City Metropolitan community only. The OKC Metropolitan area includes the eight counties of: Canadian, Cleveland, Grady, Lincoln, Logan, McClain, Oklahoma and Potowatomie as defined by the 2010 US Census.

    Tax-Exempt Status

    To be eligible for a grant from The Signatry Global Christian Foundation your organization must be a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, or it must come under the tax-exempt "umbrella" of another 501(c)3 organization.

    Previous Winners

    WInners of 2018 Passion Awards are not eligible to apply for the 2019 Flourish OKC Ministry Awards.

  • Award categories

    Ministries must choose to apply for the Focus Area Award OR the Innovation Award. All ministries may apply for the Stronger Together OKC Award,

    as well. Please note each organization will only receive one grant award across all categories. If an organization is judged as a winner in more than one category, they will receive the award in the higher amount.

    Focus Area Awards

    7 grants of $10,000 will be awarded in this category.

    Applicants for this award should be a single organization who meets the eligibility requirements listed above. Applicants may apply in one of two subcategories:

    1. Focus on serving individuals years 0-18

    2. Focus on serving individuals years 16+

    Stronger Together OKC Awards

    2 grants of $25,000 will be awarded in this category.

    Stronger Together OKC award applications are open for 2 or more organizations working together to make an impact in the focus area of education. Not all of the organizations applying must be a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organizations, but at least one of the organizations must be. All of the grant money will be awarded to and must be expensed by nonprofit organizations for their express charitable purposes. There will be a singular award of $25,000 for all group applicants collectively.

    Open to groups serving individuals of any age.

    Education Innovation Award

    1 grant of $10,000 will be awarded in this category.

    This award application is open to programs not currently in existence or having operated for less than two years at the time of the application deadline. In addition to new entities, the award application is open for new programs operating in an existing organization. Preference will be given to entirely new programs that show creative innovation rather than updates or expansions to current programs.

    Open to organizations/programs serving ages 0-elementary.

  • Ministry award timeline

    1

    Apply

    Apply online. Application questions are available by filling out the 'receive an application' form below. We will notify you when the online portal is open to complete your online version of the application. No written submissions will be accepted. Online application deadline is December 14th at 5p.m.

    2

    Interviews

    Some applicants will be asked to attend an interview. These interviews will all be held on January 4th and 7th in central Oklahoma City. Please plan for a representative from your ministry to be available one of these days in case an interview is scheduled.

    3

    Announcements

    All applicants will be notified of award winners by January 31st. Awardees will be recognized at a city-wide event in Spring 2019 and award winners are encouraged to be in attendance to celebrate with the city! The date and location of the event will be posted soon.

  • REGISTER FOR AN INFORMATION SESSION

    Information Sessions are meant to be helpful to you as you complete the application process. We will offer a general overview of the Flourish OKC event, explain the awards process and timeline, and answer any questions you have about the application or the process. Registration is not required to attend, but it helps us prepare to welcome you well!

     

    Please note: Information Sessions are not required to complete a ministry award application.

     

    Join us at ONE of the following Information Sessions. The same content is being presented in each session in order to accommodate as many potential applicants as possible. Please choose one of the sessions listed below:

     

    Monday, November 5th, 4:00p.m., Ralph Ellison Library

    Monday, November 5th, 5:30p.m., Ralph Ellison Library

    Wednesday, November 7th, 4:00p.m., Warr Acres Library

    Wednesday, November 7th, 5:30p.m., Warr Acres Library

    Thursday, November 8th, 4:00p.m., Almonte Library

    Thursday, November 8th, 5:30p.m., Almonte Library

  • receive an Award application

    Fill out the form below to receive the Ministry Award application questions by email and to be notified when the online application portal is open. You will receive a response within two business days. Please feel free to contact Audrey at 405-582-0541 if you do not receive information within this time frame.

  • Contact Us

    Contact us with any questions! Complete the form below or call Audrey at 405-582-0541.