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Rural Arts Opportunity Grants

To ensure all Oklahomans have access to the arts, Rural Arts Opportunity Grants are available to organizations in select rural counties. The grant program represents a strategic investment by the Oklahoma Arts Council to advance state goals related to economic development, education, and quality of life. Grants are available to support capacity building and professional development activities, and learning-based or audience-based arts programs. The program was developed through allocated funds from the Oklahoma State Legislature to leverage resources for geographically isolated areas of the state that have limited access to arts and cultural activities.

Grant Program Goals

Opportunity Counties

Organizations in the counties below are eligible for this funding opportunity. Counties were identified through an analysis of Oklahoma Arts Council funding history and award distribution, with a special focus on supporting historically underfunded areas.

Alfalfa Dewey Latimer Okmulgee
Atoka Ellis Love Osage
Beaver Garvin Major Pawnee
Blaine Grant Marshall Pittsburg
Caddo Harmon Mayes Pushmataha
Choctaw Harper McClain Roger Mills
Cimarron Haskell Murray Sequoyah
Coal Jefferson Noble Wagoner
Craig Johnston Nowata Washita

Organizations in counties not on the list are encouraged to learn about funding available through our other grant programs.


Project Activity Dates
July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023 (Grant Period FY2023)

Grant Amount
Up to $5,000 per organization. 
Award match requirement: 1:1 (100%). Half of the match (50%) may be in-kind support. Matching funds may not be other Oklahoma Arts Council funds or federal funds

Application Deadline
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applications may be submitted at any time as long as the project has not ended.

Informational Webinar
Accessibility: If you require accommodations in order to fully participate in the webinar, please contact our Grants Office at or 405-521-2040.

Final Report Due
30 days after project ends, or July 30, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. Central Time

Who Can Apply?

Organizations with a primary address (registered with the IRS and State of Oklahoma) in one of the rural opportunity counties listed above. Eligible organizations include:


What Types of Programs Can Be Supported?

Grants can support projects associated with capacity building/professional development, learning-based, or audience-based arts programs. Projects can be new or ongoing but cannot end before the submission of an application. Please see the Grant Program Guidelines for more project examples.

What Expenses Are Allowable?

Funding from this grant can be used toward arts-related expenses such as artistic and administrative payroll expenses; facility and operational expenses directly related to arts programming and administration; consulting, planning, and evaluation contracts to support arts capacity building; and arts program-related expenses. Projects can be new or ongoing but cannot end before the submission of an application. Please see the Grant Program Guidelines for complete list of allowable and unallowable expenses.

Documents and Links

Grant Program Guidelines
General Grant Terms and Conditions
Application Preview
Grant System Login
Award Management (available soon)

How to Apply

Step 1: If your organization has not applied for an Oklahoma Arts Council grant within the past three years, please complete our Grant System Login Request Form. Once you have access, you can log in and apply for a grant. If you have questions about logging in, please contact our grants office at (405) 521-2040 or

Step 2: Once your organization has access to the grant system, your organization’s Grant Contact can log on and complete an Arts Rural Opportunity Grant application. Your application music be submitted before your project ends

Who to Contact for Help

For questions about this grant program contact Molly O’Connor, Assistant Director, at or 405-521-2013.

For questions about grant system access, contact the Grants Office at or 405-521-2040.

For questions about managing your grant award, contact Thomas Tran, Grants Director, at or 405-521-2041.