Tahlequah Daily Press

March 7, 2014

Cherokee County tapped for TSET grant funding


OKLAHOMA CITY — The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Board of Directors approved funding for a one-year grant to 17 community-based grant programs and voted to join other funders in an effort to educate youth and their families of the benefits of physical activity.

During its quarterly meeting on Feb. 27, the TSET Board of Directors approved one-year grants to 17 grantees under the Communities of Excellence Tobacco Control initiative. These grantees are part of TSET’s Communities of Excellence Tobacco Control program. The comprehensive initiative focuses on supporting healthy, tobacco-free organizations and environments, reducing youth tobacco use, and promoting effective tobacco cessation services. The grants are among TSET’s longest running grant programs, funded in three waves as earnings from the voter-created endowment trust grew. The entire community-based grant program includes 50 counties and services 85 percent of the state’s population.

Under this one-year $3.9 million award, 17 grantees will continue to serve 25 counties and one tribal nation through June 30, 2015. The grants will serve the following counties: Atoka, Beckham, Carter, Cherokee, Choctaw, Cleveland, Coal, Comanche, Creek, Custer, Hughes, Jackson, McCurtain, McIntosh, Muskogee, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Payne, Pittsburg, Pottawatomie, Pushmataha, Roger Mills, Sequoyah, Tulsa and Washita. Some coalitions are regional consortiums that serve multiple counties.

TSET was created by voters in 2000 to ensure that payments from the Master Settlement Agreement were used to help improve the health of Oklahomans. Improving the health and quality of life of Oklahoma’s youth is part of the original constitutional language approved by voters. The constitutional language also created two boards to oversee how TSET’s portion of the MSA payments are used.

The TSET Board of Investors invests the payments to the endowment trust.

The TSET Board of Directors, using only the earnings from the endowment trust, makes grants to improve the health of Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust serves as a partner and bridge builder for organizations working toward shaping a healthier future for all Oklahomans.

TSET provides leadership at the intersections of health by working with local coalitions and initiatives across the state, by cultivating innovative and life-changing research, and by working across public and private sectors to develop, support, implement and evaluate creative strategies to take advantage of emerging opportunities to improve the public’s health.

For more information visit www.tset.ok.gov.