To deliver federal programs from the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce more efficiently, SWODA was designated as an Economic Development District by EDA in 1974 as an important partner for the federal program delivery system.
This program has been a long-time mainstay for SWODA. CDBG money enables rural Oklahoma communities to finance a variety of public infrastructure and economic improvements and helps promote job growth as a result of these improvements. CDBG funds are provided by the federal government and managed by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. With CDBG funds, SWODA has helped build and repair sewer and water systems, construct community centers, senior citizens centers, and fire stations. Fire trucks and ambulances have been purchased with CDBG funds as well.
Partial grant/partial loan program that provides public infrastructure financing to help communities grow jobs, enable new business startups and expansions for existing businesses.
Funding for the Community Expansion of Nutrition Assistance (CENA) program was made available through the Oklahoma Department of Commerce's appropriation bill, Oklahoma State Senate Bill 1071 Sections 1 and 6, Second Session, Forty-Ninth Oklahoma Legislature (2004). The purpose of this program is to increase the number of meals served to individuals, families, and their children, and other people at senior centers and community centers, in addition to home-delivered meals. The program also allows for expansion of other needed services provided at senior centers for residents of Oklahoma.
The CENA Claim Form is located in the Attachments section at the bottom of this page.
Both Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grants can be administered through SWODA. The mitigation program is available to local communities across the State of Oklahoma to assist with identifying and implementing long-term hazard mitigation measures before, during and after a major disaster declaration.
In 1996, legislators created the Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) program to provide funding assistance to rural areas in communities of less than 7,000 in population with priority placed on entity of 1,500 and below. These rural communities have few resources to meet the continuing and growing needs of their populace. Legislative intent was to increase the availability of capital and promote economic growth, community stability, and improve the quality of life. These rural communities have benefited greatly from such projects as street and utility system improvements, the purchase of updated fire fighting equipment, and the construction of modern community facilities.
Funds are allocated annually to the 11 regional Councils of Government throughout Oklahoma. For the southwest area of the state, applications are reviewed and funds awarded by the SWODA board of trustees. These trustees include representatives of municipal and county governments, conservation districts, and minority populations. SWODA serves as the administrator for the grants.
Director of Community & Economic Development: