Recently the Hospital Authority trustees approved the recommendations of the Hospital Authority Board of Grantors for the 2012-13 Midwest City Memorial Hospital Authority Trust (MCMHA) grants in the amount of $300,000.
MCMHA is a public trust that promotes community projects which are designated to effectively address the diverse issues and opportunities facing the Midwest City community. Since its beginning during fiscal year 1998-99 through fiscal year 2012-13, the board of Grantors has recommended and the Hospital Authority trustees have funded 256 grants totaling nearly $5.3 million. Some of the projects that the trust has provided funding for include the nature trails, the Oklahoma Honor Flight, vans for the Mid-Del Group Homes, the foot bridge over Solider Creek and much, much more.
The 2012-13 grant recipients include:
- YMCA of Greater OKC - $22,245 to purchase and install additional playground equipment for the MWC branch
- Regional Food Bank of OK - $25,000 for expansion of the MWC childhood hunger programs
- Midwest City-Del City Public Schools Foundation - $25,000 for Bot Ball educational Robotics
- Midwest City Tree Board - $35,000 for SE 15th Street beautification project
- City of Midwest City/Fire Department - $18,755 for firefighter safety & health equipment
- City of Midwest City/Golf Course - $50,000 to replace fence along south side golf course
- City of Midwest City/Grants Management - $50,000 for original mile median improvement project
- City of Midwest City/Police Department - $14,000 for covered parking for specialty equipment and vehicles
- Midwest City Rotary Club - $60,000 for erection of Veterans’ Memorial
Hospital Authority Board of Grantors chairman, Glenn Goldschlager said that this year’s total applications exceeded $2 million. “This year’s requests were one of the largest ever received by the Board of Grantors, making our job more challenging,” Goldschlager said.
To determine the grant recipients, Goldschlager said that each of the nine member committee individually evaluated and scored each of the grant requests. Then, after the evaluation, they got back together to review the top scores.
The criteria used for awarding the grants include how the project will benefit the community, the need for the project within the community, and the positive impact of the project on the community.