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TSET Board of Directors Awards More than $1 Million in Community Incentive Grants

OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 27, 2015)– The TSET Board of Directors approved more than $1 million in grants to 21 cities that have implemented policies and strategies that work to increase healthy opportunities for residents at their quarterly board meeting in February.

The TSET Board of Directors awarded the community grants as part of the TSET Healthy Communities Incentive Grant Program at a Feb. 20 board meeting in Oklahoma City.

TSET offers incentive grants to eligible communities that have met criteria established for the program such as tobacco-free policies, availability of fresh fruits and vegetables, and increasing opportunities for residents to become more physically active. 

To be eligible to apply communities must first have been recognized through the Certified Healthy Oklahoma program, a partnership between the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, the Oklahoma Turning Point Council, the State Chamber and the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

TSET’s incentive grant funding for communities is based on population size and the types of strategies implemented. Cities that have met TSET’s criteria and been awarded a grant are able to determine how the incentive funding will be used to promote health in their communities. Grant funds are frequently used to leverage other funds for community projects that advance health.

The communities awarded grants last week will use the funds for a variety of health-promoting projects that will benefit residents. Some of the projects include developing community parks, walking trails, sidewalk master plans and adding enhancements to playgrounds or parks.

Since the Healthy Communities Incentive Grant program began three years ago, $1.5 million in grant funds have been awarded to 42 communities.

“We are thrilled to offer incentives to cities and towns that have taken action to improve health in their communities,” said Tracey Strader, TSET executive director. “Working together we can make the healthy choice, the easy choice, where Oklahomans live, work, learn and play.”

Communities Awarded Incentive Grants at the February Board Meeting

Grantee

Population

Grant Award

Level

Ada

16,810

$100,000

Gold

Alva

4,945

$45,000

Gold

Blair

818

$10,000

Gold

Blanchard

7,670

$45,000

Gold

Eufaula

2,929

$20,000

Gold

Frederick

3,940

$4,000

Bronze

Guymon

11,442

$21,000

Silver

Hugo

5,306

$50,000

Gold

Kingston

1,500

$20,000

Gold

Lawton

97,151

$160,000

Gold

Lexington

2,200

$20,000

Gold

Maud

1,048

$20,000

Gold

McAlester

18,383

$92,000

Gold

McLoud

4,044

$10,000

Silver

Muskogee

39,367

$50,000

Silver

Pryor Creek

9,507

$50,000

Gold

Purcell

5,884

$10,000

Bronze

Shawnee

30,000

$110,000

Gold

Springer

710

$20,000

Gold

Tahlequah

15,753

$92,000

Gold

Yukon

22,709

$92,000

Gold

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Julie Bisbee, julieb@tset.ok.gov
Direct: 405-521-4992
Cell: 405-301-3693

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The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) serves as a partner and bridge builder for organizations working towards 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.