Since 1999, the National OA Committee has annually selected lodges from each region to receive matching service grants. For 2017, 31 lodges in councils across the nation were chosen to receive a combined total of $50,000 in matching grants via the OA Service Grant program.
The following grants were awarded within the Southern Region:
The Quapaw Area Council, headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, will receive $1,000 to assist in the construction and placement of privacy doors at latrine facilities and shower houses at Camp Rockefeller.
The Rio Grande Council, headquartered in Harlingen, Texas, is being awarded $1,000 to help in the replacement of the analog phone system at Camp Perry, Laguna Station, and the council service center.
The South Georgia Council, headquartered in Valdosta, Georgia, will receive $1,000 for the open-air pavilion construction adjacent to the Copeland Center at Camp Patten.