Midwest City Community Improvement Grant Program
The purpose of the Midwest City Community Improvement Grant Program (Formerly the Memorial Hospital Authority Grant Program) is to improve the quality of life by funding effective projects that address the diverse issues and opportunities facing the Midwest City community.
Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate that they have identified an existing or potential need within the community, and have developed a reasonable and cost efficient method for addressing that need.
Per the Trust Indenture (MHA Trust Indenture with Amendments), grant funds are limited to non-reoccurring expenses. Funds may be used for such things as “…improvement to or enhancement of property [with] expected useful life of greater than twenty (20) years; [an] …initial or single occurrence expenses or projects.” However, may not be “…used for or to replace or supplant any existing recurring operating expenses or personal property needs of the Beneficiary…such as maintenance…supplies, salaries…[or] general operating costs.”
The BOG will score applications based primarily on the answers provided in “Part III: Project Overview” of the application (page 5) with the most consideration given for the overall benefit and impact to the Midwest City community (Sample Evaluation Form: 2018-19-Community-Improvement-Grant-Application-Evaluation.
As a reminder, it shall be considered unethical for an applicant to contact a Hospital Authority Trustee or Board of Grantor for the purpose of garnering favor for their grant and could result in disqualification of their grant application.
The Grant Timeline for Fiscal Year 2017-18 is as follows:
- Tuesday, September 4, 2018…Grant Applications available to the public.
- Friday, November 2, 2018…...Grant Application submissions close - Deadline at 5:00 PM.
- Friday, November 9, 2018…...Grant Applications distributed to Trustees.
- Monday, January 7, 2019…….Trustees to submit initial evaluation forms to City Manager’s office.
- Thursday, January 24, 2019…. BOG meeting at 5:30 PM to discuss evaluations/make recommendations.
- Tuesday, February 12, 2019….Grant recommendations on the HA’s agenda under Further Information (No action to be taken).
- Tuesday, February 26, 2019….Grant recommendations on the HA’s agenda for possible approval.
- Thursday, June 27, 2019……..BOG meeting at 5:30 PM to discuss electing officers, Year-end Report, and grant forms.
The History of the MHA Grant Program: In 1961, the Midwest City Memorial Hospital Authority (the Authority) was created through actions by the Midwest City Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber) and the City Council of the City of Midwest City (the City). The Public Trust was created to finance, operate, construct, and administer hospital facilities. The City Council members assumed the title and role of Trustees for the Authority.
In the following years up until 1996, the Hospital Authority provided general oversight of the Midwest City Hospital. In 1996, the Authority leased the Midwest City Hospital to a private hospital company, Health Management Associates. The Authority received $46 million up front for the thirty-year lease.
Following this transaction, the Chamber, the City, and the Authority worked together to amend the Trust Indenture. In 1997, an Amended Trust Indenture was approved. The Amended Trust Indenture provided for the protection of the “Compounded Principal” should it be necessary to re-constitute the Hospital prior to the end of the thirty-year lease. In addition, it provided that community grants could be funded from the compounded principal’s earnings.
Since 1998, the Hospital Authority Trust, with the assistance of the Board of Grantors, has awarded 294 grants to community organizations with a value of nearly $7 million dollars.