Community Service Grants

Purpose and Deadlines

OPTF is sponsoring a community service project award of up to $1,000.  The purpose of the award is to provide funding for community service projects related to physical therapy, physical activity, fitness, health, wellness, and/or prevention that positively impacts Oklahomans.  Details regarding the specific required content, format and review procedures of a proposal are included within this document.

The due date for submission each year is 5 p.m. the first Friday of December. Proposals must be received by the due date to be eligible for review. 

To apply, email your proposal to 
Attention: Grants Committee-Community Service

Any questions concerning the proposal may be emailed to the OPTF Grants Committee at

Oklahoma Physical Therapy Foundation

Guidelines for Community Service Project Applications

*Available to residents of Oklahoma only*


The Oklahoma Physical Therapy Foundation (OPTF) is a nonprofit organization established for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes.  OPTF’s Mission: OPTF is the recognized provider of funds for P.T. education, research, and community service that positively impact Oklahomans.  One-way OPTF pursues its mission is by supporting community service projects.  

General Information

The maximum award will not exceed $1,000 per year.  The application is competitive; therefore OPTF reserves the right to decide final award amounts.  The award supports direct expenses only.  It does NOT allow professional salary, fringe benefits, or overhead costs.

The award year is January 1 through December 31.

Funds may be requested to meet any type of expense reasonably associated with a community service project, including purchase or rental of equipment, supplies, travel, printing or postage, and special services such as public announcement, photographic services, and secretarial support.  

Salary and fringe benefits of physical therapists or physical therapist assistants will not be funded.  Overhead or indirect costs (e.g., electricity, rental/mortgages) will not be funded.

The intent of the OPTF is to fund projects of the highest quality and having the most immediate or lasting community impact.  Proposed projects should positively impact Oklahomans. 

The Grants Committee of the OPTF Board will conduct the distribution of funds and the criteria for selecting recipients. Community service project applicants will be competing with OPTF Research Grant and Educational Program applicants. The committee will review the applications, approve the community service project, and make recommendations to the OPTF Board for final approval and funding amount.

Oklahoma Physical Therapy Foundation

Guidelines for Community Service Project Proposals

Format for Proposal

Include sufficient, but concise information that will allow the reviewers to evaluate the proposal.  The ability to present your proposal clearly and briefly may be considered by the reviewers to be an indication of your ability to have a focused approach to your community service project and to complete the activity.  The proposal should include the attached cover pages and the sections described below.  The community service project proposal should not exceed 5 single-spaced pages (12-point type or larger), excluding references.  Please include page numbers. Specific details on what to include in the Application, Dissemination of Results, and Budget Sections are enclosed.  All forms are available in electronic form, upon request to the OPTF.  

Oklahoma Physical Therapy Foundation
Community Service Project Proposal

Note: Applicants for the OPTF award for the Community Service Project may not include PT or PTA salary, fringe, overhead, or indirect costs.

Step 1 of 3

Section A - Community Service Project

State the purpose of the community service project describing concisely what the project will entail and what it is intended to accomplish.
Summarize background information that directly relates to the purpose of the project. Cite any previous projects that relates to your project. Indicate how your proposed project is unique to the community you plan to serve and/or to previous projects. Clearly indicate how the outcomes of your proposed project will positively impact Oklahomans. List the specific goals of your project.
Describe the project and the procedures to be used to accomplish the purpose of the project. Include: The number, age range, gender, and health status of the community you will be serving. A detailed plan of the project. Describe how you will plan for the service project, announce to the community, manage the actual project, and evaluate the outcome of the project. Include a timeline in Table form including dates, activities/tasks, locations, and person(s) responsible. The outcomes of your project how you will measure those outcomes How you will follow up with this project. Describe any future activities or continuations of this project.
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