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2017 Second and Third Quarter Grants Awarded

The Kay Electric Community Foundation Board met in April and July to review the grant applications submitted for the second and third quarter of 2017.  Grants totaling $19,300 for these two quarters have been awarded to eleven recipients.  KECF has awarded $24,300 in grants so far in 2017.

Most Kay Electric Cooperative members participate in K-UP, in which electric bills are rounded up to the nearest dollar.  The amount ronded up can be as little as one cent and is never more than 99 cents a month.  On average, each participating member contributes around $6 a year.

The funds are pooled and administered by the KECF Boards of Directors, which meets quarterly to consider grant applications.  The board consists of President Jared Grell, Vice-President Barbara Regier, Secretary/Treasurer Candy Oller, Director Sue Streller, and Director Rose Mary Hoemann.  There are also three non-voting advisory board members: KEC’s CEO Tim Rodriguez, COO JD Soulek, and Director of Communication Services Cyndi Mitchell.

The second and third quarter grants for 2016 include:  

  • Blackwell Softball Association will use the $150 grant to help fund insurance, shirts and equipment.
  • Blackwell Youth Football League’s $1,500 grant will be used to help purchase new helmets.
  • Ponca City Charity Angels will use their $1,700 grant to help purchase AmTrykes for the handicap.
  • Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma will use the $2,000 grant to help fund the Food for Kids Backpack Program.
  • Blackwell High School Band’s $800 grant will be used to help purchase marching band mellophones.
  • Leadership Blackwell – Class of 2017 is using their $2,500 grant to build a shelter at the baseball field.
  • Survivor Resource Network is using their $2,500 grant to purchase forensic interview supplies and equipment.
  • Shidler Volunteer Fire and Ambulance will use their $2,500 grant to repair & replace fire and rescue equipment.
  • Blackwell OK Okies 4-H Club received a $650 grant to help purchase equipment and supplies for competition.
  • Blackwell Wrestling Club will use the $2,500 grant to help purchase wrestling mats.
  • Kaw City Volunteer Fire Department received a $2,500 grant to help purchase storage for their gear.

Foundation grants will be awarded primarily to the following projects and organizations: Programs, projects and organizations that are important components of a community’s overall quality of life, with emphasis on public safety, health care, senior citizens affiliated organization and projects, self-sufficiency, and basic human needs.  Educational, youth programs and volunteer fire departments will also be considered for grants.  All applicants need to reside in KEC’s five county service territory: Garfield, Grant, Kay, Noble, and Osage Counties.  KECF is collecting around $2400 a month from its members and employees to fund the grants. 

Applications for 2017 fourth-quarter grants are due October 2, 2017.  Download program details and applications at /content/foundation



PHOTO:  Survivor Resource Network/Dearing House grant recipients pictured front row: Advisory Board Chair Regeneia VanArsdale, Kali Hutchason, Family Advocate Railey Wilson.  Back row:  Advisory Board Member Jessica Freeman, Alex Ihrig, Advisory Board Member Barbara Ihrig, Executive Director Maggi Hutchason, Advisory Board Member Tony Coleman, and Board of Director Pat Mulligan.




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