Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) announced the opening of the application period for its Healthy Incentive Program.

With the application period open, communities and schools can now apply for grants through TSET’s Healthy Incentive Program. The application period will remain open until 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5.

Under the Healthy Incentive Program, TSET offers grants to entities including cities, towns, schools and school districts “that adopt policies supporting tobacco-free environments, improved nutrition, increased physical activity and employee wellness,” according to Julie Bisbee, TSET Executive Director.

“The two incentive grant programs complement TSET’s programs and public education initiatives that seek to reduce the leading causes of death in Oklahoma – lung disease, heart disease, diabetes and cancer,” Bisbee said. “The grants help create environments allowing Oklahomans to eat better, move more and be tobacco free.”

The Healthy Incentive Program, which began in 2012, has spent its years providing “128 communities, 179 school districts and 44 schools” with incentive grants. 

To become eligible under the Healthy Incentive Program for the grants, “schools and communities must pass approved policies to promote health and wellness,” TSET states. 

In the past, grants have gone to projects including obtaining playground equipment, installing walking tracks and providing active learning equipment.

Applicants are considered on a first-come, first-serve basis because funding through the program is limited. Following the closure of the application period, the TSET Board of Directors will discuss and consider awards at the board meeting scheduled for March.

For more information about the TSET Healthy Incentive Grants for Communities, visit the webpage or contact Connie Befort, program manager, at connieb@tset.ok.gov.

For more information about the TSET Healthy Incentive Grants for Schools, visit the webpage or contact Sharon Howard, program manager, at sharonh@tset.ok.gov.

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