posted Jan 23, 2012, 2:37 PM by Latia Murray

Many rural communities from across Oklahoma apply for Community Development Block Grants, such as “CDBG-REAP.”  These communities often depend on grants like this to improve public infrastructure and economic development, which in turn promotes job growth.

Since 1974, South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) has been an eight-county Economic Development District, assisting rural communities in their area to apply for and administer grants like these.

This year, three communities in SWODA’s area were awarded CDBG-REAP grants. Custer City received $100,000 for improvements to water lines and valves.  Kay Fischer, Custer City Clerk, said, “Without SWODA’s dedicated assistance in the grant process, Custer City wouldn’t have half of what we do.”

Burns Flat also received $84,510 for a street overlay project, and Mangum received $60,114 to purchase firefighting equipment.

SWODA Director of Community and Economic Development, Jana Harris, said, “CDBG-REAP grants are becoming increasingly competitive each year, and now the funding for these grants are in danger of being cut 15%. We’re thankful we were able to help these communities to receive a portion of these funds.”

For more information about the CDBG Program, call SWODA at 800-627-4882 or visit www.swoda.org/grantmgt.