The Shawnee News-Star
  • Grants approved

  • Funds coming from Tobacco Settlement Trust Fund.
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  • The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Board of Directors approved funding for a one-year grant to 17 community-based grant programs, including those in Pottawatomie County, and also voted to join other funders in an effort to educate youth and their families of the benefits of physical activity.
    During its quarterly meeting on Feb. 27, the TSET Board of Directors approved one-year grants to 17 grantees under the Communities of Excellence Tobacco Control initiative. These grantees are part of TSET’s Communities of Excellence Tobacco Control program. The comprehensive initiative focuses on supporting healthy, tobacco-free organizations and environments, reducing youth tobacco use, and promoting effective tobacco cessation services.
    The grants are among TSET’s longest running grant programs, funded in three waves as earnings from the voter-created endowment trust grew. The entire community-based grant program includes 50 counties and services 85 percent of the state’s population.
    Under this one-year $3.9 million award, 17 grantees will continue to serve 25 counties and one tribal nation through June 30, 2015. The grants will serve the following counties: Atoka, Beckham, Carter, Cherokee, Choctaw, Cleveland, Coal, Comanche, Creek, Custer, Hughes, Jackson, McCurtain, McIntosh, Muskogee, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Payne, Pittsburg, Pottawatomie, Pushmataha, Roger Mills, Sequoyah, Tulsa and Washita. Some coalitions are regional consortiums that serve multiple counties. A grant to the Osage Nation will serve residents in Osage County.
    The TSET Board of Directors also approved a 3-year grant totaling $845,000 to the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation.
    The grant seeks to increase knowledge about healthy behaviors and improve access to physical activity for young people and their families, particularly those most at risk for obesity and other health conditions related to a lack of physical activity.
    A portion of TSET’s grant funding will help provide scholarships for youth and school groups to participate in activities and day camps at the boathouse locations on the Oklahoma River and Lake Overholser.
    TSET was created by voters in 2000 to ensure that payments from the Master Settlement Agreement were used to help improve the health of Oklahomans.
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