Neighborhood Solutions receives grant to help improve homes

Sharyl Padgett, FCNS mortgage specialist; Joyce Walton, Community Foundation Board Member; Virginia Sarasua; and Sue Ducharme, FCNS community advocate

Neighborhood Solutions receives grant to help improve homes

The Community Foundation of Central Electric Cooperative board recently approved a $1,800 grant to First Capital Neighborhood Solutions Foundation, which will help fund the organization’s DIY Home Improvement Program.


FCNS is a nonprofit organization that helps provide resources that will strengthen, develop and improve neighborhoods located in Guthrie, Okla. FCNS also serves as a resource center to help establish neighborhood associations to encourage neighbor connections.

In partnership with Home Depot, FCNS offers the DIY Home Improvement Program to provide lower-income residents with new home improvement items to help beautify and/or repair their home. Some residents will be able to use the assistance of companies such as Tip Top Garage Doors, to help sort out an issue of a faulty garage door. Regardless of what needs improving, this grant can make such a difference. Currently, the program is open to residents of Logan, Payne, and Lincoln counties.

FCNS has a variety of other programs, such as organizing neighborhood watch groups, grant assistance for neighborhood groups, grant assistance and financial assistance for home repairs, financial assistance for homeownership, financial counseling and credit report repair, workshops and forums, and beautification programs. For more information about FCNS, visit or call (405) 282-0880.

The Community Foundation of Central Electric Cooperative, a board independent of Central Electric Cooperative, administers a program called Operation Round Up®. The Community Foundation makes grants available to individual projects in the Central service area. Visit and click on the “Community” tab located at the top of the page for more information about the Community Foundation.

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