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TSET Healthy Incentive Grants - Communities

TSET Healthy Incentive Grants - Communities

Improving Health at the Local Level

Introduction

The TSET Healthy Incentive Program for Communities is designed to help cities, towns and municipalities adopt and implement best and promising practices for tobacco-free environments, access to healthy and nutritious foods, physical activity opportunities in an effort to improve the health, reduce risk factors for heart disease, strokes, cancer and improve quality of life for residents. 

Grant Year/Fiscal Year

July 1 through June 30

Funding is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

Communities can receive funding only one time during the grant year.

Population

Incentive award amounts are based on grant criteria met and size of municipality.  The latest population data from the U.S. Census Bureau will be utilized. 

Funding

Size of Cities and Municipalities Bronze Class Silver Class Gold Class Maximum Combined
Rural
0 – 4,299
$10,000 $12,000 $14,000 $36,000
Small
4,300 – 9,999
$10,000 $15,000 $25,000 $50,000
Medium
10,000 – 29,999
$24,000 $36,000 $60,000 $120,000
Large
30,000+
$30,000 $45,000 $75,000 $150,000
OKC/Tulsa $40,000 $60,000 $100,000 $200,000

Funding amount will be based on:

  • The Wellness Policy and Practice classification (Bronze, Silver or Gold) of the city’s government workplace achieves.
  • Policies and activities toward an environment of wellness the community has taken which meets the Community Action Criteria
  • Cities may receive funding only one time at each incentive class (Bronze, Silver and Gold).
  • Cities meeting the criteria at the Silver class must also meet the criteria at the Bronze class.
  • Cities meeting the criteria at the Gold class must also meet the criteria at the Bronze and Silver classes.
  • Funding will be provided to cities to enhance wellness activities in their geographic areas of poorest health.
  • Cities awarded grant funding will apply the funds to advancing any of the health criteria they believe best addresses the needs and opportunities in their communities.
  • Funding does not require a match, but cities are encouraged to use these funds for match with other funding opportunities.

Eligibility

  • Any incorporated city/town/municipality may apply. 
  • The city has met the following Prerequisite Criteria and received approval from TSET staff.
    • City has adopted an ordinance that prohibits smoking and the use of tobacco products (including e-cigarettes and vaping devices) on all indoor and outdoor city-owned/operated property.
    • Community has resources that promote access to fresh fruits and vegetables and physical activity in their community.
    • The city must have an active employee wellness committee in place.
  • As a city applies for the next level of funding, their policies as well as practices will be verified by TSET staff.
  • A city must submit an application that meets all program requirements for the classification/level (Bronze, Silver and Gold) for which they are applying.

Previously Funded Communities

  • A city that has received prior Healthy Community Incentive Grant funding (2012 – 2017) is welcome to apply and is eligible to receive the difference of the previous award up to the new Maximum award amount in their cities population size. 
  • A city must submit an application that meets all of the new program (2019) requirements for the classification (Bronze, Silver and Gold) for which it is applying.

Criteria

Criteria for the grant has been developed using evidence-based practices for tobacco control, access to healthy and nutritious foods and physical activity. The emphasis policies that impact the highest number of residents and improve community health. Documentation of meeting each grant criterion is required.

A community must adopt a Local Government Workplace Wellness Policy which includes tobacco, nutrition and physical activity elements and meet the Community Action Criteriaa listed for each funding level. 

Click here for a copy of TSET Healthy Incentive grant criteria

Click here for more information and further explanation of the Local Government Workplace Wellness Policy and the Community Action Criteria 

Use of Funds

Funding will be provided to cities to enhance wellness activities in their geographic areas of poorest health. Cities awarded grant funding will apply the funds to advancing any project that best addresses the needs and opportunities in their communities.

  • In the application, the city will provide a narrative of the project which will explain how they intend to use the funding.
  • Funding does not require a match, but cities are encouraged to use these funds for match with other funding opportunities.
  • The time frame for the city to utilize the funding is one year from the date the TSET Board approved the grant.
  • Once the funds are utilized and the project is completed, the city will submit Final Documentation through the Grant Application system and will include a narrative of the project and photos. 

Examples of Grant Projects

Walking trails
Lighting for parks and trails
Farmers Market venues
Community Gardens
Outdoor physical activity equipment
Splash pads/improvements to community pools
Engineer or architects services to develop walkability plans
Basketball and tennis courts
Bicycle lanes/bike racks

Click here for more information on the Application and Payment Process

Contact Information

Connie Befort
Program Manager, TSET Healthy Incentive Program - Communities
Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET)
3800 N. Classen Blvd., Ste. 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73118

Direct: (405) 521-4985
Mobile: (405) 694-8191
Main: (405) 521-3888
Email: connieb@tset.ok.gov

* Cities located in counties served by the TSET Healthy Living Program are encouraged to work with their local TSET Healthy Living Representative on policy language. Cities without a Healthy Living Representative, should contact Connie Befort for assistance and guidance.