North Bend, Ore. – The Coquille Tribal Community Fund today awarded $408,000 in grants to 65 area non-profit organizations and public agencies.
“As members of the Coquille Tribe, we consider it an honor and a duty to share what we have gathered with those who do so much to improve life in southwest Oregon,” said Coquille Tribal Council Chairperson Brenda Meade. “It is within our Tribe’s culture to support and participate in the betterment of the communities where our members live, work and play.”
Each year the Coquille Indian Tribe sets aside a portion of the gaming revenues from The Mill Casino to support projects by non-profit organizations and public agencies in the Tribe’s five-county service area. Since its inception, the Fund has provided more than $5 million in grants for charitable efforts throughout the region.
The largest individual grants, $20,000, were awarded to four programs that demonstrate the variety of services and benefits supported by the Community Fund. One of those grants went to the Bay Area Health District to purchase medical equipment for its Kids HOPE Center. A second $20,000 grant went to the Sawdust Theater for repairs and improvements to the theater. Another $20,000 grant was awarded to the Coquille Culture and Education Department to complete its Miluk language dictionary. The fourth $20,000 grant went to Southwest Oregon Community College to help with the costs of equipping its new degree program in Forestry.
“Our trustees were honored to distribute grants to 65 different organizations to further their projects in our communities,” said Kippy Robbins, Board of Trustees chairperson and Tribal Council vice-chairperson. “This year’s granting process exhibited a commitment by the Board of Trustees to manage the available funds in a manner that would allow us to award the greatest number of grants to the greatest diversity of applicants. Our commitment is a reflection of the hard work and dedication displayed by every applicant throughout the grant process.”
About the Coquille Tribal Community Fund: The Coquille Tribal Community Fund supports non-profit and governmental organizations with projects in the areas of education, health, public safety, problem gaming, environmental issues, arts and culture and historic preservation. Funds are managed and distributed by a board of trustees comprised of community leaders, a gubernatorial appointee and representatives of the Coquille Indian Tribe and the Coquille Economic Development Corporation.
The fund reflects the commitment of the Coquille Indian Tribe to take a proactive, positive role in the well-being of the community. The Tribe is among the largest employers in Coos County.
Organizations wishing to be considered for the next round of funding are encouraged to visit the Fund Web site at www.coquilletribalfund.org for application requirements and deadlines.
Contact: Ray Doering, Communications Director, 541-756-8800 ext. 1243 or (cell) 541-297-4611.
The following organizations received grants this year.
- Bandon Historical Society Museum – $2,650 to purchase materials for artifact storage.
- Bay Area First Step – $2,300 to update the kitchen.
- Bay Area Health Dist. Kid’s HOPE Center - $20,000 to purchase medical equipment for the center.
- Bay Area Senior Activity Center – $5,000 to provide nutritional meals to seniors.
- Boys & Girls Club of SW Oregon – $10,000 to implement the Music Makers program.
- Camp Myrtlewood – $10,000 for improvements to camp cabins.
- Cape Blanco Heritage Society - $2,468 – to update software and purchase new scanner.
- CASA of Douglas County – $5,000 to implement an outreach program.
- CASA of Lane County – $5,000 to recruit and train volunteers.
- Chetco Historical Memorial Committee – $5,000 for construction of a historical marker at a Native American site in Brookings Harbor.
- Confederated Tribes of the Lower Rogue – $5,000 for projects to advance and revive history and culture understanding.
- Coos Art Museum – $3,100 to support the 22nd annual Maritime Art Exhibition.
- Coos Bay Seventh-Day Adventist Food Pantry – $7,000 for food purchases.
- Coos Bay Zonta Service Foundation - $3,500 to purchase school supplies.
- Coos County Fair - $5,000 – to purchase new display units.
- Coos County Friends of Public Health – $3,300 to purchase and update equipment for the WIC program.
- Coos County Pregnancy Resource Center – $2,100 to purchase car seats for the Go Safely program.
- Coquille Carousel Assn. - $4,000 to hire an architect for the carousel building.
- Coquille Culture & Education Dept. - $20,000 for the Miluk language dictionary.
- Crossroads Community Café - $3,000 – for the ‘Dining with Dignity’ program.
- Dance Umbrella for South Coast Oregon - $1,500 for production of “Peter and the Wolf.”
- Dolphin Players - $3,485 for improvements to the Dolphin Players Theater.
- Ecumenical Emergency Food Cupboard – $5,000 for food purchases.
- Egyptian Theatre Preservation Assn. – $15,000 for theater repairs and restoration.
- First United Methodist Church – $4,000 for the Snack Pack project.
- Go Native Project, Bandon High School – $5,000 for after-school native plant nursery education program.
- Gold Beach Senior Center - $4,000 for Meals on Wheels program costs.
- Greensprings Fire & Rescue – $8,500 for a new Jaws of Life.
- Habitat for Humanity/Rogue Valley – $2,500 for construction costs.
- Kids Unlimited of Oregon – $5,000 to increase reading curriculum.
- Mapleton Food Share – $5,000 for renovations costs.
- Maslow Project of Coos County – $10,000 to provide necessities to homeless youth and families.
- Nancy Deveraux Center – $8,000 to help with operational costs.
- NEDCO – $2,500 matching funds for vehicle purchases.
- North Bend Fire Dept. – $10,000 to update safety equipment.
- North Bend School Foundation - $5,000 to purchase necessities for homeless students.
- Oregon Community Foundation - $10,000 for Ready to Smile progam.
- Point Man Ministries Outpost 101 – $15,000 for the emergency fund for veterans and families.
- Project Blessing – $5,000 to purchase food for food bank.
- Restoration Worship Center Food Pantry – $5,000 for food purchases.
- Rogue Valley District Council/St. Vincent de Paul Society – $5,000 for the emergency utility assistance program.
- Root & Wings Child Development – $4,000 to subsidize preschool tuition.
- Sawdust Theatre – $20,000 for theatre repairs and improvements.
- SCBEC Senior Nutrition Program – $7,500 to support Meals on Wheels program.
- Sexual Assault Support Services – $3,000 to upgrade network server.
- Shelter Care – $5,000 to provide treatment to recovery path clients.
- Siuslaw Outreach Services – $10,000 for emergency voucher program.
- SMART – $5,000 to purchase books and supplies.
- Soroptimist International of Coos Bay – $4,000 for dental kits for eight grade students.
- South Coast Clambake Jazz Festival – $4,000 to expand music in schools program.
- South Coast Folk Society – $1,200 to plan traditional dance and song series.
- South Coast Interagency Narcotics Team – $5,000 for moving costs.
- Southern Oregon Project Hope – $7,500 to provide the homeless community with basic necessities.
- Southern Oregon Veterans Outreach – $7,500 to provide basic necessities to veterans.
- Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation – $20,000 to equip the new Forestry program.
- Southwestern Oregon Community College SBDC – $3,500 to purchase computers for small business clients.
- Star of Hope Activity Center – $7,500 to update Cammann Group Home.
- Sutherlin Community Resource Center – $2,400 to fund the afterschool program.
- Salvation Army (Coos Co.) – $5,000 for walk-in freezer and food pantry.
- Salvation Army (Jackson Co.) – $5,000 for the Energy Assistance Program.
- THE House – $6,000 to update the existing THE House.
- Triangle Food Box – $5,000 to purchase food.
- URAwesome – $5,000 for Creating a Supporting Learning Environment in Schools program.
- Warsaw Business Club – $2,000 for the fourth annual Youth Movement event.
- Womenspace – $5,000 for shelter improvements and supplies.