Community Action Project Recipient of $750K In Grants
The Community Action Project of Tulsa announced Tuesday it is receiving three-quarters of a million dollars in grants to fund educational opportunities in a Tulsa neighborhood.The Promise Neighborhoods program seeks to help students and families in high-poverty communities overcome the significant challenges they face by providing educational resources from early learning to college and career. The neighborhoods targeted by the grant are those near Kendall-Whittier and Eugene Field elementary schools.The plans include a range of services from improving a neighborhood's health, safety and stability to expanding access to learning technology and Internet connectivity and boosting family engagement in student learning."We are proud to lead a close partnership with Tulsa Public Schools, other organizations, and community residents to transform these two neighborhoods and pave the way for future generations of educated, successful citizens," said Steven Dow, executive director of CAP.Two-thirds of the money is coming from a U.S. Department of Education planning grant. The rest is coming from the George Kaiser Family Foundation."We are especially grateful for the funding that George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF) has been providing for the planning work that we have been doing in the last year which positioned us to write such a competitive application, as well as GKFF's generous support in funding the required match for the federal grant over the coming year," Dow said."We applaud Community Action Project and all of our community partners in being named a recipient of a Neighborhood Promise Grant," said Dr. Keith Ballard, superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools. "This will provide Kendall-Whittier and Eugene Field neighborhoods with increased resources and support to improve educational outcomes for two of Tulsa's most deserving school communities."