2023 REAP GRANT SEASON IS OPEN
Grant Gives Small Communities Opportunity to Improve their Infrastructure & Quality of Life
The Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) is essential to providing communities, with populations under 7,000 the opportunities to improve their infrastructure and quality of life.
The 2023 REAP Grant Application is available to download beginning August 26, 2022. The grant deadline is October 28, 2022, at 4 p.m.
To receive 10 points on your REAP application, ACOG encourages communities to watch the ACOG REAP Tutorial online or RSVP to REAP Workshops held on September 6 and 8 at 2 p.m. at the ACOG office.
During the 2022 Legislative Session, Oklahoma lawmakers allocated $30 million to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce for the REAP program. In FY 2023, as the distributor of REAP funding for the Central Oklahoma region, ACOG will distribute an unprecedented $2.7 million to communities in Canadian, Cleveland, Logan, and Oklahoma counties.
“ACOG is excited to distribute such an unparalleled amount of funds to our smaller communities in Central Oklahoma,” Christopher Bluth, ACOG Community & Economic Development Manager, said.
“In the past, there has been a maximum dollar amount a community can apply for – this year, ACOG is pleased to announce that there will be no maximum funding cap,” Bluth said. “This opportunity could be a real gamechanger for some of our eligible communities.”
REAP grants require no match and may fund projects such as road and street construction or repair, drainage projects, rural highway improvements, county bridge construction or repair, industrial access road construction or repair, among other specific transportation projects.
REAP grants may include improvements in rural water quality, rural solid waste disposal or treatment, rural sanitary sewer construction or upgrades, provision of rural health care services (including emergency medical care), telecommunications improvements, projects that increase employment levels, and municipal energy distribution system improvements.
Through an online tutorial, or by attending an in-person application workshop, communities receive assistance in the development of projects and grant applications. Project applications are reviewed by an advisory committee then approved by the ACOG Board of Directors.