The Office of Strategic Planning & Grants Management awarded $275,000 in grants to 32 Osage County organizations Nov. 22.
Among those awarded were rural fire departments, emergency medical service authorities and organizations providing services such as CPR training and First Aid training, according to a prepared release.
Bobby Tallchief, director of Osage Nation Emergency Management, and Dale Block, a Korean War veteran and Rural Firefighter Coordinator, assisted the Nation in the review process.
“The need for these funds is extremely high, and thousands of people across the county will greatly benefit from this funding,” said Christopher Standing Bear, planner for the Osage Nation Office of Strategic Planning & Grants Management. “Our office worked diligently to review each application, and we feel we have distributed the funds as fairly and widely as possible.”
The grants have helped fund the purchase of new equipment and technology for many local organizations, according to the release. Recent grants include a $13,400 to Hominy Ranchers Rural Fire to help purchase radios and equipment; $18,500 to the Barnsdall Community Ambassador Association for SUV’s and radios; and $12,000 to the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce to purchase new equipment.
The Office of Strategic Planning & Grants Management is located in Pawhuska and is responsible for Osage Nation’s grants process on behalf of the Executive Office. Their mission is to effectively support and facilitate to action Osage Nation’s overall strategy by applying sound project and grants management principles and best practices, according to the release.