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BANDON – Grants from the Coquille Indian Tribe will enhance learning for local students and help update Bandon hospital care.

The Coquille Tribal Community Fund is announcing 57 grants this week, totaling more than $290,000 in support for charitable organizations and public agencies in 2018. The three Bandon grants account for $8,750 of that amount.

Here’s a summary of the three grants:

• Southern Coos Health Foundation – A $5,000 grant will help buy 16 intravenous pumps for the Southern Coos Hospital & Health Center. The updated pumps will help the hospital keep up with growth as the hospital’s patient count and surgical traffic increase.

• Bandon Historical Society Museum – The “History Detectives” program, which aims to develop structured activities for students visiting the museum, will receive $2,250. According to the museum’s grant application, the long-term goal is for students to experience a different program in each school year. The grant will pay for materials such as clay, ink, dye and muslin bags.

• Port of Bandon – A $1,500 grant will pay for an artist to work with Bandon's Harbor Lights Middle School. The goal is to produce about 130 artworks for the 2018 Port of Bandon Boardwalk Art Show.

The three Bandon grants are among six Southern Coos County awards from the Coquille Tribal Community Fund this year. The largest of the six, $10,000, will provide breakfast and lunch for Powers School District students in the 2018-2019 school year.

“Looking at the programs that were funded in southern Coos County this year, you can see that there is great need,” said tribal member Jackie Chambers. “The wide array of grantees is diverse, funding everything from food in schools to an art show.

“The Coquille Tribal Community Fund is proud to fund these six organizations, along with 51 others throughout the region.”

The 57 grants will be awarded at a ceremony on Friday, March 2. Since 2001, the Coquille Tribal Community Fund has distributed more than $6.1 million to nonprofit organizations and public agencies throughout southwestern Oregon.

Altogether, the six Southern Coos grants account for $27,750 of the tribe’s more than $290,000 in grants this year. Since 2001, the Coquille Tribal Community Fund has distributed more than $6.1 million.

About Grant Week

Supported by proceeds from The Mill Casino in North Bend, the Coquille Tribal Community Fund distributes grants each year to nonprofit organizations and public agencies. In all, 57 organizations are receiving $291,164 in 2018. The Coquille Tribal Community Fund has distributed more than $6.1 million since 2001.Learn more at www.coquilletribalfund.org.

2018 southern Coos County grants

Myrtle Point Fire Department - $6,000 - New "self-contained breathing apparatus" will replace obsolete safety equipment.

Bandon Historical Society Museum - $2,250 - The “History Detectives” program will develop structured activities for students visiting the museum.

Port of Bandon - $1,500 - An artist will work with Bandon's Harbor Lights Middle School to produce about 130 artworks for the 2018 Port of Bandon Boardwalk Art Show.

Southern Coos Health Foundation - $5,000 - Southern Coos Hospital & Health Center in Bandon will buy 16 intravenous pumps, replacing out-of-date equipment.

Powers Friends of the Library Foundation - $3,000 - Preliminary architectural services will help expand the city library.

Powers School District - $10,000 - Breakfast and lunch will be served to Powers School District students in the 2018-19 school year.

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