Legislators gathered with local community officials at the South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) to present over $1 million in grant funding.
Senator Mike Schulz, Representative Harold Wright, Representative David Perryman and Representative Todd Russ presented Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grants and Community Enhancement of Nutrition Assistance (CENA) grants. The grant funding was part of the Oklahoma State Legislature appropriations from the last session.
Every year SWODA helps rural communities in the southwest area apply for REAP and CENA grant funding, which helps to improve the lives of citizens in rural communities, improve infrastructure and promote economic growth and stability in rural areas. After the legislature appropriations are decided, the grant funding is then awarded through SWODA.
“REAP is very important to me as a legislator,” said Representative Harold Wright. “We nearly lost it a few years ago, but we as rural legislators, really stuck together to keep it in the budget. It’s your taxpayer dollars, and we will continue to fight for that.”
REAP grant funding is often the only resources small, rural communities can depend on to get things done. Citizens of rural communities usually have to travel to larger communities for their daily needs, and as a result pay taxes in those communities instead of their own. REAP funding is a way of giving those tax dollars back to the rural communities.
Many rural communities also help to provide nutritional meals for senior citizens through various community or volunteer programs.
“CENA funding is a staple in helping those communities to continue to provide this type of assistance to senior citizens,” said James Boyd, SWODA Director of Aging Services. “This funding will help to feed approximately 900 senior citizens per week in our eight county area.”
The legislators present, democrat and republican alike, all conveyed the same attitude of sticking together to serve the needs of western Oklahoma. “We all get calls from each other’s districts and that’s okay,” said Senator Schulz. “If you have an issue, call us. We’re all here to serve western Oklahoma.
Communities receiving awards include:
City of Altus, Sr. Center equipment - $3,800
Senior Citizens of Arapaho, food, equipment, & supplies - $250
Berlin community Center, food, equipment, & insurance - $4,550
Town of Blair, equipment, facility improvement, & supplies - $4,120
Cheyenne Senior Citizens, equipment, & facility improvement - $3,800
Cloud Chief community center, food, equipment, utilities, & supplies - $740.40
Cordell Senior Citizens Center, food & supplies - $17,940
Corn Senior Citizens, utilities, supplies, & insurance - $601.20
Cowden Community Center, food, utilities, supplies, & insurance - $1,294
Dill City Senior Citizens Center, food, facility improvement, & supplies - $3,800
Town of Eldorado, facility improvements - $525.32
City of Erick, meals purchases - $8,000
Town of Gotebo, food, & meal delivery costs - $2,476.94
Town of Granite, equipment - $3,800
Town of Hammon, food, meal delivery (fuel), & supplies - $17,940
Senior Citizens of Hobart, food - $11,400
City of Hollis, equipment - $3,000
Senior Citizens Center of Lone Wolf, Inc., food, supplies, & utilities - $12,000
City of Mangum, equipment - $3,000
City of Mt. Park, food, equipment, utilities, supplies, & insurance - $15,200
Opportunities Inc. of Clinton, food, equipment, meal delivery, & supplies - $17,940
Town of Reydon, food, equipment, supplies & insurance - $10,000
Town of Rocky, equipment, & utilities - $3,800
Roosevelt Senior Citizens Center, Inc., food, fuel, facility improvement - $6,204.60
Sayre Senior Citizens Association, equipment, & facility improvement - $4,485
Town of Sentinel, food & supplies - $3,000
City of Snyder, equipment - $2,161.17
Warren Senior Citizens, Inc., food, equipment, utilities, supplies, & ins. - $9,000
Weatherford Senior Citizens, equipment - $3,053.28
Town of Willow, food, facility improvement, utilities, & supplies - $2,250
Town of Roosevelt, Sewer lift station improvements - $17,957
Town of Headrick, Purchase of fire truck/equipment - $99,861
Town of Blair, Waterline Replacement Project - $99,945
Town of Cheyenne, Purchase of backhoe machine - $89,290
City of Sayre, Street improvement project - $100,000
City of Mangum, Purchase of oil and chip materials/street improvements - $100,000
Town of Burns Flat, Cleaning and painting of water storage tower - $100,000
City of Erick, Construction of water storage tank - $100,000
Town of Lone Wolf, Purchase firefighting equipment - $42,935
Town of Arapaho, Water wells improvements - $98,197
Roger Mills Co./Upper Washita Conservation District, Purchase of utility trailer - $7,500
Town of Granite, street improvement project - $100,000
Town of Texola, purchase of firefighting equipment - $24,396
For more information about SWODA grant programs, contact SWODA at 580-562-4882.
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