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Funding applications approved
By CHRISTINA GOOD VOICE
Mon, Oct 04, 2010
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Tribal Council unanimously authorized two funding applications to the U.S. departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services for fiscal year 2011.
The application to the USDA is for the Food Distribution Program in the amount of $3.1 million. About $2.3 million of that grant, or 75 percent, is federally funded and $777,359 is a 25 percent tribal match, according to the act.
Funding would provide distribution of food to approximately 10,000 participants a month through current operations of six food distribution centers located in Jay, Nowata, Salina, Sallisaw, Stilwell, Tahlequah and seven tractor/trailer or tailgate sites within the Cherokee Nation.
The application to the DHHS is for funding for a Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The funding request amount is $660,000 to provide residential energy assistance payments to approximately 1,400 low-income tribal households with children under the age of 6. The program will also provide 400 households with emergency payments for residential energy related crises, according to the act.