Applications for the Community Improvement Grant Program, formerly the Midwest City Memorial Hospital Authority Grant Program, will be available September 4. Applications are open to any entity or individual working to improve the quality of life in Midwest City through programs that address the diverse issues and opportunities facing the community.Since 1998, more than 294 grants have been given, totaling over $7 million dollars of investment into improving the community.Applications are available at http://bit.ly/MWCgrant or by calling 739-1204. Grant awards will be announced in late February 2019.Some of the projects that have received funding in the past are child passenger safety restraints, Dana Brown Cooper Head Start facility improvements, protective cooling vests for K-9 officers, modernization of the amphitheater at Rose State College, and the Midwest Boulevard Street Beautification project.The Board of Grantors is accepting applications with one defined project. An applicant can request multiples of the same item such as 20 radios but not multiple different items or events. Applicants are welcome to complete more than one application.
The funds can be used for programs such as improvements to, or enhancements for, property that has an expected useful life of great than 20 years or initial or single occurrence expenses or projects.The grant funds are limited to non-reoccurring expenses. The grant cannot be used to replace or take the place of any existing recurring operating expenses or personal project needs such as maintenance, supplies, salaries, or general operating costs.HISTORY OF THE MHA GRANT PROGRAMIn 1961, the Midwest City Memorial Hospital Authority was created through actions by the Midwest City Chamber of Commerce and the City Council of the City of Midwest 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.