Founded in 1951, The Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation is a private, family foundation established in Oklahoma.
Our purpose is to support charitable organizations in the United States, both large & small, with a preference on education & the state of Oklahoma.
Our mission is to provide resources to Religious, Charitable, Scientific, Literary & Educational organizations & programs that traditional philanthropic sources might avoid.
Robert Glenn "Bob" Rapp was born in 1887. Upon graduation from high school, he worked numerous jobs, ultimately landing in the oil and gas industry. Bob learned many positions on the drilling rig, including the responsibilities of a roughneck. While working on one well in particular, the contractor ran out of money. Bob used his savings to purchase an interest in that well. The well proved to be very successful, and he parlayed that initial victory into even more productive wells, ultimately creating the Denver Producing & Refining Company.
Bob went on to own several refineries & gas stations. He also made a substantial amount of money purchasing minerals, most of which are located in Oklahoma. In addition to the purchase of minerals, he leased land and drilled oil wells in the Permian Basin of West Texas. This land continues to be extremely profitable and continues to produce oil to this day.
Bob married Florence Bunn and they did not have any children before he died in a plane crash in 1948. Soon after, in 1951, Florence passed away & a private foundation was established in memory of her husband, named the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation.
Organizations & projects supporting educational endeavors from pre-K to 12 & higher education, including but not limited to, endowments, scholarship funds and vocational technical programs.
Brick & mortar projects including equipment to support renovations & new construction.
Health & Wellness
Institutions supporting health & wellness through scientific research, health care & quality of life projects.
Organizations & projects supporting faith-based & humanitarian endeavors.
Organizations & projects supporting innovative programs & increased literacy outcomes.
Arts & Culture
Institutions & projects supporting the arts aimed at enriching the quality of life for the community.
Proposals to the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation are initiated through our online Grant Request Portal. To be considered, please submit the "Contact Us" form for further information.
The Foundation accepts applications from qualified 501(C)(3) charitable organizations located & to be used in the United States, or any of its possessions, with a geographic preference for the state of Oklahoma.
Applications are considered by the Trustees based on the merits of the proposal, alignment with the Foundation's funding priorities & financial position.
The Foundation does not award grants to individuals, political activities, or projects that do not meet the Foundation's funding priorities.
The Foundation accepts one grant request per year, per organization.
Late submissions will not be accepted.
Requests may be submitted from April 1 to August 31 by 5pm CST.
Final grant decision notifications will be made by the end of November.