NORTH BEND -- The Coquille Tribal Community Fund awarded $207,000 in grants Feb. 21 to 34 area nonprofit organizations and public agencies.
Each year the Coquille Indian Tribe has set aside a portion of the gaming revenues from The Mill Casino to support projects in the Tribe's five-county service area. Since its inception in 2001, the Fund has distributed more than $4.3 million to support charitable efforts throughout the region.
'Every year at this time the members of the Coquille Indian Tribe take great pride in being able to give back to the many communities that we call home," said Coquille Tribal Council Chair Brenda Meade. 'The needs are great throughout our region, and we are pleased that our Community Fund can provide some much needed assistance."
Grants authorized by the Fund's Board of Trustees provided over $125,000 to programs providing food and other assistance to individuals and families in need as well as programs targeted specifically to children.
'As has been true in most years, the requests for funding far outstripped our resources," said Sheldon Chase, board of trustees chairman. 'We were able to provide grants to a wide variety of programs, but the trustees agreed that funding programs that serve the most vulnerable members of our communities would have our highest priority."
The Coquille Tribal Community Fund supports nonprofit and governmental organizations with projects in the areas of education, health, public safety, problem gaming, environmental issues, arts and culture, and historic preservation.
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, should submit applications by Aug. 31. For more information, visit the fund website at www.coquilletribalfund.org.