In light of the upcoming 2020 Census, Tulsa area residents looking to make sure members of their communities get counted can now apply for mini-grants of up to $500.
The US Constitution requires a Census once every 10 years, and its results affect the future of American communities. The Census helps determine the federal funding we get that supports Tulsa area school lunch programs, infrastructure, early education, healthcare and other core services. Census results also help draw our congressional and state legislative districts so we have fair political representation. Historically, racial/ethnic minorities, children under 5, low-income earners and other groups have commonly been undercounted. With this grant funding, the Tulsa region aims to change that.
“After four Tulsa Counts workshops focused on community engagement, I am excited for this opportunity to better include everyone in this process,” Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “These mini-grants are a great way to get Tulsans and our neighbors engaged and counted in the 2020 Census.”
Those living in the seven-county Tulsa metro area (Tulsa, Rogers, Wagoner, Okmulgee, Creek, Pawnee or Osage County) are eligible to apply for the grants. Each grant-funded event must occur in a low-response Census tract between Jan. 13, 2020, and April 30, 2020.
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The link to the application can be found at https://bit.ly/2020minigrants. It’s available in both English and Spanish and features the new logo for Tulsa’s 2020 Census outreach efforts, designed by Trey Thaxton, Communications Consultant for the Tulsa Regional Complete Count Committee.
Grant funding comes from philanthropic organizations who are donating to a Tulsa Community Foundation fund, a component fund of the Tulsa Regional Complete Count Committee.