Educational Grants

Purpose and Deadlines

OPTF is sponsoring an educational program award of up to $1,000.  The purpose of the award is to provide funding for educational programs that support professionals in physical therapy and may include support to individuals in the community.  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 Physical Therapy Educational Program 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 educational programs.

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 an educational program, including speaker’s fee and per diem/travel, room rental, supplies, announcement printing or postage, participant handouts, and special services such as public announcement,  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) and food will not be funded.

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

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

Oklahoma Physical Therapy Foundation

Guidelines for Physical Therapy Educational Program 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 educational program and to complete the activity.  The proposal should include the attached cover page and the sections described below.  The educational program proposal should not exceed 3 single-spaced pages (12-point type or larger), excluding references.  Please include page numbers. Specific details on what to include in the Application and Budget Sections are enclosed.  All forms are available in electronic form, upon request to the OPTF. 

Oklahoma Physical Therapy Foundation
Physical Therapy Educational Program Proposal

Note: Applicants for the OPTF award for the Physical Therapy Educational Program Award may not include PT or PTA salary, fringe, overhead, or indirect costs.

Step 1 of 3

Section A - Physical Therapy Educational Program

State the purpose of the educational program describing concisely what the program will entail and what it is intended to accomplish. Why is this program important to physical therapy? Clearly indicate how the outcomes of your proposed program will positively impact Oklahomans. List the specific goals of your program.
Describe the program and the procedures to be used to accomplish the purpose of the project. Include: The intended audience. A detailed description of the program. 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 Describe any future activities or continuations of this program.
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