November 29, 2018
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Community & Cultural Outreach awarded more than $274,000 in grant funding to Cherokee community organizations throughout the tribe’s 14-county area.
Community work grants provide funding to Cherokee community organizations that are planning projects that benefit their communities. This year, six Cherokee community organizations received grants.
“When we invest in Cherokee community organizations, they take that investment and build stronger communities,” Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “Whether the funds are used for new construction or a project that helps to remodel existing community buildings, these grants will have a lasting impact on thousands of Cherokees who will see improved service from their Cherokee community organizations.”
To be eligible for community work grants, organizations must be majority operated by Cherokee Nation citizens who make up 51 percent or more of the organization’s board members. The organization must also meet other eligibility requirements, including working with Community & Cultural Outreach for at least two years and previously receiving the tribe’s Community Organization Training and Technical Assistance (COTTA) grant.
“The Cherokee Nation is blessed to have so many groups that are willing to step up and help Cherokees stay connected by creating places where they can fellowship as a community, experience their culture and heritage in a group setting, and get information on the services they might need,” said District 1 Tribal Councilor Rex Jordan. “I’m proud that the Cherokee Nation works so hard to provide these grant dollars to Cherokee community organizations.”
The Mid County Community Organization in Adair County is one of the six organizations awarded a community work grant this year. With the additional funding, the organization will invest in its new community building by adding heat and air, plumbing and other interior fixtures.
“For our rural area, receiving other grants is nearly impossible, but through the grants at Cherokee Nation, we are able to do so much good,” said Mid County Community Organization Secretary-Treasurer Dianna Yell. “Receiving these funds means so much to our organization and our community.”
As the budget allows, Cherokee Nation’s Community & Cultural Outreach will continue to accept community work grant applications from eligible organizations through the remainder of the current fiscal year.
Cherokee community organizations that meet all eligibility requirements can also begin submitting applications for 2019-20 community work grants on Oct. 1, 2019.
Cherokee community organizations that have received a community work grant for fiscal year 2019 include the following:
• Washington County Cherokee Association
• Mid County Community Organization in Adair County
• Victory Cherokee Organization in Collinsville
• Evening Shade Community Organization in Sequoyah County
• Native American Fellowship Inc. of South Coffeyville
• Spavinaw Youth and Neighborhood Center