Congrats to our Affiliate Grant Recipients!

Thanks to the generosity of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, we are able to present several of our affiliate with funding to selected affiliate through our Roadside Beautification and Environmental Beautification grants.

After an application phase and many impressive project proposals, the grant recipients have been chosen. Congrats to our recipients, shown below!

Roadside Beautification Grant Recipients

City of Cherokee
City of Stroud
City of Wilburton
Keep Broken Arrow Beautiful
Okeene Historic Preservation Group
Pride in McAlester
Twin Cities Revitalization Project
Hooker Parks and Recreation

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Environmental Beautification Grant Recipients

City of Wilburton
Earth Rebirth
OKC Beautiful
Pride in McAlester
Team Up to Clean Up
Hooker Public Works Authority
Twin Cities Revitalization Project
Up With Trees

You can read more about their intended projects below:

Up With Trees intends to use the funding to help fund a food forest at the Ross Child Nutrition Center in North Tulsa. The Ross Child Nutrition Center prepares food served at Tulsa Public Schools and prepares over 20,000 breakfasts and 20,000 lunches daily.

Twin Cities Revitalization Project desires to use the funding from the Environmental Beautification grant to aesthetically enhance the Hartshorne Lake recreational area. They intend to replace benches and tables and informational signs, all while increasing safety and usability for visitors.

The Okeene Historic Preservation Group aims to advance the economic, industrial, cultural, and civic welfare to benefit the citizens of the town of Okeene and the surrounding community through preserving historic buildings and returning them to public use. The group intends to use the grant funding for landscape improvements throughout the community.

The Hooker Public Works Authority (HPWA) works with the City of Hooker and its citizens to provide safe water and proper sanitation, helping to provide safe and healthy living conditions. HPWA desires to use the funding from the Environmental Beautification grant to provide containers for recycling that will be placed around the community of Hooker.

Team Up to Clean Up intends to sue this grant funding to replant native trees in Lake Eufaula’s campgrounds, providing beauty, shared, and wind-breaks for the surrounding areas. The new trees will protect the shoreline, helping to reduce erosion and conserve water quality, according to Pam Husky, TUCU Vice Chair.

Pride In McAlester desires to use the grant funding from the environmental beautification grant for a proper disposal program throughout the month of April in 2017, collecting bulk trash, metal, tires, electronics, brush, HHW and prescription drugs. Their spring cleanup in 2016 collected over 600,000 pounds of waste.

OKC Beautiful has a mission to enhance the image and appearance of Oklahoma City through education, programs, and community engagement. They desire to use these grant funds to install pollinator gardens in Oklahoma City Public Schools, helping the reinstitution of prominent pollinator species.

Keep Broken Arrow Beautiful has a mission to keep Broken Arrow clean, safe, and beautiful. The organization intends to use the roadside grant funding for landscaping along Expressway exit ramps towards Broken Arrow.

Earth Rebirth is known statewide for their work with school gardens. This organization, based in Norman, desires to use the funding provided from this grant to help revive local outdoor classrooms, installing three key components: pollinator gardens, sensory gardens, and foraging gardens.

The City of Wilburton desires to use the grant funding from the Environmental Beautification grant to revitalize the Joe Roberson Park in Wilburton, which has been neglected for years. According to Vega, a strategic plan was put into place in 2008 to redevelop the parks and provide opportunities to the community to have places to go outside and enjoy the beautiful outdoors.

The City of Stroud desires to use the grant funding for construction of a multi-use pavilion for outdoor events.

The City of Cherokee desires to use the grant funding for the construction of a pocket park in an empty lot and clean the adjacent buildings.