South Western Oklahoma Development Authority Allocates Over $2.7 Million in Grants for Rural Communities

[Burns Flat, OK] – Southwestern Oklahoma is poised for significant progress with the recent allocation of substantial funding for two critical programs aimed at bolstering rural development and enhancing nutrition assistance services. Local community leaders and partners from southwestern Oklahoma gathered at the South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) in Burns Flat on April 19, where they were awarded crucial grants totaling $2,753,015 for their area communities. The grants include $2,590,909 from the Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) and $162,106 from the Community Expansion of Nutrition Assistance (CENA) program.

The announcement of these grants underscores the unwavering commitment of legislators from southwestern Oklahoma to the prosperity and well-being of their communities.

“We are very pleased to see this significant investment in the future of our communities,” remarked Debora Glasgow, SWODA executive director. “The funding allocated by our legislators for REAP and CENA will have a tangible impact on the lives of residents, strengthening our local economies and enhancing the well-being of our most vulnerable populations. We want to thank our entities for coming to the event.” REAP, a cornerstone of support for rural communities since its establishment by the Oklahoma State Legislature in 1996, continues to play a pivotal role in fostering economic growth and improving the quality of life for residents. This substantial funding injection, made possible through appropriations from the State Legislature, will empower regional councils of government such as the South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) to assist county, conservation districts and municipal projects benefiting populations of 7,000 or less.

Complementing the efforts of REAP, the Community Expansion of Nutrition Assistance (CENA) program serves as a vital resource in addressing food insecurity and enhancing nutrition services across Oklahoma. Funding for the program is made available through the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. CENA aims to expand meal provisions at senior and community centers, facilitate home-delivered meals, and broaden essential services at senior centers throughout the state.

For additional information on the grant awards and related initiatives, please visit www.swoda.org. For media inquiries or additional information, please contact Debora Glasgow at 580-562-5022 or debora@swoda.org.

REAP AND CENA GRANTS RECIPIENTS BY COUNTY BECKHAM COUNTY
Beckham County/North Fork of the Red River Conservation
District, $100,000 REAP Grant, purchase
skid steer
Beckham County Rural Water District #2, $100,000
REAP Grant, shop addition
Elk City Meals on Wheels, $9,995.94 CENA Grant,
purchase equipment
City of Erick, $100,000 REAP Grant, street overlay
project
City of Erick Senior Citizens Center, $6,000 CENA
Grant, purchase food
City of Sayre, $100,000 REAP Grant, street overlay
Sayre Senior Citizens Assn., Inc., $2,407.50 CENA
Grant, purchase equipment and facility enhancement
CUSTER COUNTY
Town of Butler, $72,802 REAP Grant, purchase
pickup,
Town of Custer City, $100,000 REAP Grant, waterline
replacement project
Town of Custer City, $9,437.50 CENA Grant, purchase
food and utilities
Custer County Conservation District, $88,357
REAP Grant, purchase compact track loader
City of Thomas, $100,000 REAP Grant, street
overlay project
City of Thomas Senior Citizens Center, $1,926,
purchase food and equipment.
City of Weatherford Nutrition Site, $2,407.50,
purchase equipment
ROGER MILLS COUNTY
Town of Cheyenne, $52,776 REAP Grant, purchase
pickup for the fire department
Town of Cheyenne Nutrition Site, $2,407.50 CENA
Grant, purchase supplies and equipment.
Town of Hammon, $54,309 REAP Grant, street
overlay
Hammon Senior Citizens, $9,957.42 CENA Grant,
purchase food
Town of Reydon, $95,100 REAP Grant, renovating
town hall
Town of Reydon Senior Citizens Center, $9,899.64
CENA Grant, purchase food and utilities
Roger Mills County Berlin Senior Center, $8,975.16
CENA Grant, purchase food, equipment, utilities and
insurance
Roger Mills County/Northwest Roger Mills Fire
Association, $97,864 REAP Grant, purchase fire truck
and equipment
Roger Miles County/Upper Washita Conservation
District, $6,900 REAP Grant, purchase hydraulic
sprayer
WASHITA COUNTY
Town of Burns Flat, $95,250 REAP Grant, street
overlay project
Town of Canute Senior Citizens Center, $7,178.37
CENA Grant, purchase supplies
Cordell Senior Citizens Center, $8,975 CENA
Grant, purchase food
Town of Corn, $100,000 REAP Grant, purchase
garbage truck
Corn Senior Citizens, $2,407 CENA Grant, facility
enhancement
Dill City Senior Citizens, $9,622.65 CENA Grant,
purchase food, equipment and facility enhancement
Town of Rocky, $100,000 REAP Grant, purchase
new bunker gear and packs
Town of Rocky Nutrition Site, $2,407.50 CENA
Grant, purchase equipment
Town of Sentinel, $100,000 REAP Grant, waterline
replacement project
Town of Sentinel Senior Citizen Center, $9,437.60
CENA Grant, purchase food
Washita County Conservation District, $71,839
REAP Grant, purchase truck with a flatbed

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