Zoo FUNd for Kids Grant

The Oklahoma Zoological Society (OZS), the Zoo's non-profit support group, provides grants to offset the cost of zoo education programs. These are available to pre-school through high school students, as well as youth and adult organizations.

Important Changes to ZFK Grants:

Interest in the ZFK grant program has grown significantly the last few years, as demonstrated by the ever-increasing number of applications submitted for review. As a result, some significant changes to the grant application process have been made:

Date:  Deadline: 
September 1, 2014  Grant Application Submission Deadline 
September 15, 2014  Grant Award Notification 
January 31, 2015  Grant Scheduling Deadline 
February 1, 2015  Wait List Notification Begins 
July 31, 2015  Grant Use Deadline for 2014-2015 Cycle 
September 1, 2015  Applications Due for 2015-2016 Grant Cycle 

*Information regarding all ZFK Grant changes can be found here.  

Potential Requests:

  • Applicants for the Schools and Libraries Grant must select one of two program options, either classes on zoo grounds (for specific grades only) OR as outreach programs at awarded site.
  • Applicants for the Nonprofits Grant are subject to the same program options mentioned above.
  • A request for zoo admission, without a program, is available only to non-profit organizations by calling (405) 425.0638.

Eligibility Preference:

  • Applications requesting education programs.
  • Nonprofit social service and civic organizations and clubs.
  • Schools and organizations in the Oklahoma City sales tax area.
  • Schools with more than 50% of students receiving free or reduced lunches.

Selection Process:

  • Only completed applications are accepted.
  • Grant applications are reviewed on a competitive basis.
  • Funding is determined by availability of funds, socioeconomic status of participants, and how the group will benefit from the project.

Grant Restrictions:

  • Grants cannot be used with other Zoo specials or promotions.
  • Food costs, overnight programs, rides and shows are not covered under this grant.
  • Transportation within a 25-mile radius of the Oklahoma City Zoo will be considered for partial funding.
  • Funds not used in the appropriate time frame cannot be carried over, held or transferred.