Oklahoma City, OK - The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) is now accepting grant applications from Oklahoma cities and towns through their Healthy Incentive Program.
During the incentive grant program from 2012 through 2017, TSET awarded seventy-six (76) grants for a total of $2.6 million to Oklahoma towns and cities. These grants have assisted communities in funding projects that work to improve the overall health of the residents who live there. Some of these projects include building basketball courts, making park enhancements, creating safe routes to schools, building farmer’s markets, and designing walking trails for community use.
The following guidelines and information have been provided to us by TSET to share with you, our member communities, in consideration of applying for a grant:
- Funding is available on a first come, first served basis.
- Communities are eligible to apply for a grant if they have:
- Tobacco free, Vape free ordinances for all indoor and outdoor city property
- Resources to promote access to fresh fruit, vegetables and physical activity within the community
- Active employee wellness committee in place
- The grant year is July 1 through June 30
- Funding will be based on the following:
- Grant criteria achieved
- Actions and activities toward an environment of wellness the city has taken
- The population of the city or town
- Cities may receive funding only one time at each incentive class: Bronze, Silver and Gold.
- Cities may receive funding only one time during the grant year.
The following table outlines the funding levels for each size city or town. The program provides criteria for three (3) award classifications for each of the population category.
If your city or town is seeking ways to make similar enhancements, we strongly encourage you to take the time to follow-up with TSET to discuss your eligibility. To apply for a grant or to get more information, please contact Connie Befort, Program Manager, TSET Healthy Incentive Program for Communities: ConnieB@tset.of.gov or 405.521.4985.
(About TSET: Created by voters in 2000, they serve 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 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.)