NORTH BEND — Forty-four community organizations collected nearly $362,000 from the Coquille Tribal Community Fund, in the Coos Bay area’s biggest annual distribution of community grants.
“To know that we can help so many people is gratifying,” said Denise Hunter, a tribal elder who chairs the Community Fund’s board of trustees. “I feel blessed to be a part of it.”
The fund was created in 2001 to share profits from The Mill Casino-Hotel and other tribal ventures. Since then it has awarded nearly $5.9 million for a wide variety of projects and programs.
This year’s grantees included food banks; programs serving children and the elderly; theater restoration projects; cultural events; and many others. The grants were distributed at a luncheon Friday at The Mill.
A complete list of this year’s grants is below. More information about the fund is at www.coquilletribalfund.org. The application process for next year’s grants will begin Sept. 1.
ADAPT - North Bend
Addictions Recovery Center
Bandon Historical Society Museum
Bay Area Senior Activity Center
CASA of Douglas County Inc.
Charleston Fishing Families
Charleston Food Bank
City Of Powers
Community Coalition of Empire
Coos Art Museum
Coos Bay Area Habitat for Humanity
Coos Bay Area Zonta Service Foundation
Coos Bay Seventh-day Adventist Food Pantry
Coos County Historical Society (DBA Coos History Museum)
Coos County Search and Rescue
Coos Douglas Neighbor to Neighbor
Coquille Indian Tribe Community Health Center
Coquille Indian Tribe Natural Resources Department
Egyptian Theatre Preservation Association
Emmanuel Episcopal Preschool
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Harmony United Methodist Church
Hillcrest School Music Program, North Bend School District
Kids' HOPE Center
Lakeside Senior Center
Little Theatre on the Bay
Myrtle Point Food Share
Myrtle Point Senior Citizen Center
Oregon Coast Community Action CASA
Oregon Coast Community Action's South Coast Food Share
Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon
Powers School District
Project Blessing Food Pantry
South Coast Clambake Jazz Festival
Southwestern Oregon Community College SBDC
T.H.E. House INC
The Gold Beach Senior Center
The Lighthouse School
The Logos Players
The Nancy Devereux Center
Wally's House - Curry Child Abuse Intervention Center
Wisdom of the Elders Inc.
Women's Safety & Resource Center