Six organizations to receive 2011 Community Challenge Grants

Six community organizations in Osage County are recipients of 2011 Osage Nation Community Challenge Grant funding, according to the Nation’s Office of Strategic Planning and Grants Management.

This year, the Nation will award a total of $105,662 in grant funding which will be divided among the six entities.

Established by ON Congressional legislation, the Community Challenge Grant is for a maximum of $25,000 per community, organization or foundation for the purposes of supporting an active lifestyle among reservation youth, to aid in the prevention of diabetes or other diseases and to support the growth of our communities.

According to a news release, the 2011 matching grant award winners are:

-       Fairfax Chamber of Commerce: $24,000 match for enhancing the Fairfax pool with an aquatic splash pad.

-       Wynona Summer League: $6,752 match for making improvements to the public baseball field.

-       Town of Skiatook: $25,000 match for Skiatook Sport Complex assistance with building barrier fencing for newly constructed T-ball and baseball fields.

-       City of Pawhuska: $25,000 match for enhancements to Lynn Park, which include picnic shelters, park benches and tables. The city received community grant funding last year for building the aquatic splash pad which opened this summer.

-       McCord Public School: $6,510 match for enhancing the McCord Playground with a children’s play tunnel and upgrading the restroom facilities.

-       Make it Happen in Pawhuska: $18,400 match for expanding the skate park with a new concrete skate slab, quarter pipe and railing. This committee also received community grant funding last year in addition to grant funding awarded by the Tony Hawk Foundation in 2009.  

This year’s grant program funding was established by the Second ON Congress, which passed a $150,000 appropriation bill (ONCA 11-48 sponsored by Congressman Anthony Shackelford) during this year’s Hun-Kah Session.

Last year, the Nation paid out $53,000 for the 2010 Community Challenge Grant program, according to the ON Office of Strategic Planning and Grants Management, which received and evaluated the community grant applications.