OKLAHOMA CITY – The town of Okarche recently received a state grant for a fire station, Rep. Mike Sanders and Sen. Ron Justice announced.
The Oklahoma Department of Commerce/Office of Community Development awarded a $123,700 Community Development Block Grant-Rural Economic Action Plan (CDBG-REAP).
Sen. Justice, R-Chickasha, said the grant was derived from funding provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The CDBG-REAP set-aside is a newly developed program that partners with the Substate Planning Districts (SSPDs) to make a greater impact on each district by matching CDBG funds and REAP funds, dollar for dollar. The CDBG-REAP set-aside can fund a broad array of projects. Some of the eligible activities include water/wastewater, fire protection, streets, community and senior citizen centers.
Rep. Sanders, R-Kingfisher, said that this project will benefit nearly 1,160 residents.
“I am very pleased the Okarche Fire Department received this grant,” Rep. Sanders said. “This is good not only for the citizens of Okarche, but for those in the surrounding areas as well. This will benefit surrounding rural and volunteer fire departments and ensure that this part of northwest Oklahoma will be better-prepared to fight wildfires and protect citizens and property from other fire dangers.”
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