Tulsa County Commissioners approve $1.65 million for nonprofit service providers

(TULSA, Okla.) — The Tulsa County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) today approved the first round of Tulsa County CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) for nonprofit service-providers through the Tulsa County Business RESET (Resources to Empower Small Enterprises for Tomorrow) program.  

During the first round of funding, nine service providers will receive $1.65 million in forgivable loans ranging from $20,000 to $250,000. The majority of funding went to Catholic Charities of Tulsa, Iron Gate, Meals on Wheels and the Tulsa Dream Center. Each of these organizations provide meals or distribute food, which meets the most pressing need among those requesting services. 

“Tulsa’s nonprofit service providers are meeting an incredible demand as unemployment remains at unprecedented levels throughout this pandemic,” said Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith. “Tulsa County CARES initially set aside $5 million to support their mission and mitigate the effect COVID-19-related expenses have had on their budget. We are proud to provide support to these wonderful Tulsa County organizations that feed families, support under-employed families with job training, and continue to focus on those in need.” 

“Iron Gate is so grateful to receive CARES funding from Tulsa County,” said Carrie Vesely Henderson, Iron Gate executive director. “Together we’ll be fighting food insecurity in our community. Iron Gate is serving 50% more people through our grocery pantry and 40% more meals over this time last year. The economic ripple effects from the Coronavirus pandemic is not only hitting the food insecure particularly hard but also people who have never needed help before this crisis. This money will help us continue to provide food for those in need.” 

Additionally, the BOCC today approved the third distribution of Tulsa County CARES small business funding, sending $3,810,500 to 103 small businesses through the Tulsa County Business RESET program. The total amount approved by the BOCC through the program after three weeks is $7,840,000. 

Tulsa County CARES and the RESET program continue to accept and process applications from nonprofit service providers and small businesses. For more information about RESET and other Tulsa County CARES programs, go to tulsacountycares.org

Contact: Jarrel Wade | 918.200.2340 | jwade@tulsacounty.org