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TSET Board of Directors Approves Increases in Incentive Grant Amounts for Schools and Cities

OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 13, 2013) – The TSET Board of Directors has approved an increase in the incentive grant amounts for school districts and communities that apply for funding through TSET’s Healthy Incentive Grant programs. 

TSET offers incentive grants to school districts and communities that have been recognized as Certified Healthy schools or communities as part of the Certified Healthy program, a partnership between the
Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, the Oklahoma Turning Point Council, the State Chamber and the State Department of Health. Earlier this year, the TSET Board of Directors approved $380,000 in incentive grants to 26 school districts and 21 communities as part of the Healthy Incentive Grant programs.

Under the new criteria approved by the Board of Directors at their regular board meeting on Thursday, districts can apply for incentive grants if schools in their districts are recognized as Certified Healthy Schools. Individual school sites can also apply for incentive grants once their district approves the policies required by the Healthy Schools Incentive Grant criteria. Previously, financial awards were only given to school districts. 

Funding will be based on student enrollment and will range from $1,500 for small districts and $50,000 for large urban districts. School districts that adopt all policies laid out in the Healthy Schools Incentive Grant criteria may also be eligible to apply for a bonus grant if they have a policy to offer only healthy foods and beverages at all events and fundraisers – including those outside of the normal school day. 

The TSET Board of Directors also approved an increase in the grant amounts given to cities as part of the Healthy Communities Incentive Grant. Grant amounts for rural, small, medium and large communities were also doubled. Total funding awards for communities with a population of 80,000 or more increased by $50,000. Awards are based on community size and level of criteria met. 

Healthy Communities Incentive Grants are intended to encourage communities to implement health and wellness policies and programs, and help municipalities work on projects to promote wellness and overall community health. Cities awarded grant funding must apply the funds to projects that  advance Certified Healthy Communities criteria that best address the needs and opportunities in their communities.

“With increased grant awards, it is our hope that schools and communities will be equipped to implement policy changes and complete projects to help make schools and communities healthier places to live, work, learn and play,” said Casey Killblane, TSET Board of Directors chairman.

The application period for Healthy Schools and Healthy Communities Incentive grants begins Jan. 1, 2014. To learn more about TSET’s incentive grants go to www.ok.gov/tset. All applicants must have successfully earned Certified Healthy status in 2013. To learn more about the Certified Healthy program go to www.okturningpoint.org/chp/chb/chb.html.

 

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Oklahoma receives payments as part of the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement for a multistate lawsuit against the tobacco industry. Oklahoma voters wisely created the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Fund to ensure future funding sources for efforts to prevent tobacco use, promote cessation and improve the overall health of Oklahomans. Each year, 75 percent of each MSA payment is deposited into the interest-earning Tobacco Settlement Endowment Fund. Only the earnings from those investments are used to fund the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline and other statewide prevention-focused grants. A bi-partisan seven member board oversees the operations and program funding at TSET. Board members represent the state’s five congressional districts. Members are appointed by the Governor, the Attorney General, the State Treasurer, the State Auditor and Inspector, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Senate President Pro Tempore and the Speaker of the House. TSET serves as a partner and bridge builder for organizations working toward shaping a healthier future for all Oklahomans. TSET provides leadership at the intersections of health by working with local coalitions and initiatives across the state, by cultivating innovative and life-changing research, and by working across public and private sectors to develop, support, implement and evaluate creative strategies to take advantage of emerging opportunities to improve the public’s health. TSET – Better Lives Through Better Health. For more information visit www.tset.ok.gov.