Arnall Family Foundation announces COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund

by | Apr 16, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Arnall Family Foundation will provide individual grants of up to $20,000 to organizations throughout Oklahoma who serve children, youth and families impacted by the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The purpose of the fund is to support children in foster care, foster parents, family connection, reunification and permanency in a time of physical distancing.

“Social distancing guidelines are drastically changing the way these systems operate, but we believe that it is now more important than ever to help youth, foster families, kinship families and families of origin feel connected and supported,” said Sue Ann Arnall, founder and president of the Arnall Family Foundation.

Grants may be awarded to nonprofits and governmental organizations (with a nonprofit fiscal sponsor), and collaborations amongst multiple organizations are encouraged. The foundation is specifically seeking applications for technology, service or resource provision for kinship families and informal care options for foster families.

“Children in foster care have already experienced unimaginable trauma,” said Arnall. “Keeping children connected, especially to their families of origin, during this unprecedented time is something we must do everything in our power to maintain.”

Grant applications will be open April 20 and interested parties may apply at www.arnallfamilyfoundation.org. Applications are due April 27, 2020 and grants will be distributed by May 6. Since 2015, the Arnall Family Foundation has invested over $10 million in programs and systems that improve the lives of children and families involved in the child welfare system.

Founded in 2015, the Arnall Family Foundation seeks to make lasting, transformative improvements to the systems and programs in Oklahoma that serve children and families involved in the child welfare and criminal justice systems through results-driven investments and strategic convening of community partners. The foundation also invests in innovative programs with exemplary institutions and individuals to better the lives of companion animals. For more information, visit www.arnallfamilyfoundation.org.