2016 OA Lodge Matching Service Grant Apps Due Oct. 31

2016 OA Lodge Matching Service Grant Apps Due Oct. 31

If your Order of the Arrow lodge is planning a council camp or service center project for 2016, you can apply now for a 2016 OA Matching Service Grant. All lodges applying for the grant must be a 2014 JTE Lodge (bronze level or higher) and should not have received a grant from the OA during the last two years (2014 or 2015).

Applications must be submitted by Oct. 31, 2015, and they must be signed by the Lodge Chief, Lodge Adviser, Council President and Scout Executive.

All 2016 camp property or service center projects approved for funding must be completed by October 31, 2016. The total cost of your proposed project should not exceed $20,000. The Order will provide up to one-half of the money for a service project with a $5,000 maximum amount awarded by the National OA Committee for any lodge project. The local lodge must also contribute at least 50 percent of the labor necessary to complete a grant-approved project. All lodges awarded these merit-based grants will be notified by Jan. 31, 2016.

You can find the complete guidelines, including the 2016 OA Service Grant application, at http://www.oa-bsa.org/uploads/resources/forms/grantform-2016a.pdf. If you have any questions, contact Michael Thompson of the National OA Committee at Thompson1994@msn.com or Matt Dukeman of the OA National Office at Matthew.Dukeman@scouting.org.

Since 1999, the National OA Committee has helped numerous camp and service center projects. If your lodge is eligible, don’t miss this potential funding opportunity, as the Order of the Arrow continues to support local councils as it has since 1915.

Gina Circelli

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2016 OA Lodge Matching Service Grant Apps Due Oct. 31
2016 OA Lodge Matching Service Grant Apps Due Oct. 31
2016 OA Lodge Matching Service Grant Apps Due Oct. 31