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Coquille Tribal Community Fund Announces 2009 Grant Recipients
42 Grants Provide $590,013 for Community Projects

North Bend, Ore. – The Coquille Tribal Community Fund announced it will provide more than $590,000 in grants this year to projects at 42 area non-profit organizations and public agencies.

At its annual January meeting, the Fund's Board of Trustees approved 42 grants totaling $590,013 for programs and projects to enhance public safety, social services, educational opportunities, health services and economic development in a five-county region of southwestern Oregon.

“In reviewing the many, many applications that we received, our board members were struck by how deeply our current economic problems have affected area food programs, where the need far outpaces the supply,” said Michele Burnette, chair of the fund's board of trustees. “As a result, we continued our support for these programs by significantly increasing our grants to agencies dedicated to providing food to individuals and families throughout the region.”

Focusing on feeding the hungry, the Fund provided $62,600 to 10 organizations operating food pantries, senior meals programs and children's nutrition. Board members also continued their commitment to public safety issuing nine grants totaling nearly $150,000 that will allow agencies purchase fire and rescue equipment, place computers in police patrol cars in Coos Bay and to support a director for the South Coast Interagency Narcotics Team and a sexual assault advocate for the Women's Safety and Resource Center.

“Our Coquille Tribal Community Fund this year sought to do its part to meet the growing need for basic services within our community,” said Ed Metcalf, Coquille Tribal Council chairman. “In the years since our Tribal Restoration, there has never been a greater need for the Coquille Indian Tribe to practice its long-standing tradition of sharing with our neighbors.”

The Coquille Indian Tribe established the community fund in 2001 as a way to share profits from The Mill Casino with community organizations. Since its inception, the fund has distributed close to $3.2 million to support charitable efforts throughout the region.

This year culture and tourism needs were recognized with two of the largest grants. For the second year in a row, the Fund provided $150,000 to the Coos County Historical Society for the construction of the Historical and Maritime Museum and Plaza on the Coos Bay waterfront. In addition, the Coos Waterfront Walkway Partnership will receive a nearly $80,000 grant for bulkhead replacements that are part of Phase I of the walkway project.

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, derived from a percentage of revenues from The Mill Casino, 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, and, through the Coquille Economic Development Corporation, manages The Mill Casino · Hotel & RV Park along with business ventures in assisted living, organic cranberry farming and high-speed telecommunications.

For organizations wishing to be considered for the next round of funding, the deadline for applications is Aug. 31. For more information, visit the Fund Web site at www.coquilletribalfund.org .

CONTACT: Ray Doering, CEDCO communications coordinator, (541) 756-8800, ext. 1243, rdoering@themillcasino.com.

The following organizations received funds this year.

  • Alternative Youth Activities – for new siding for the main school building.
  • Bay Area First Step – for facility renovations.
  • Bay Area Rotary Club – for Shots for Tots and Teens.
  • Bob Belloni Ranch – for a Living Skills Weekend retreat.
  • Catnip Sanctuary – for a Website and veterinary care.
  • Centro LatinoAmericano – for infant feeding classes.
  • Charleston Fire District – for rope and rescue equipment.
  • Charleston Food Bank – for food purchases.
  • Christian Help Food Bank – for Snack Pack food program.
  • City of Coos Bay Police Department – for mobile computer
    terminals for patrol cars.
  • Community Sharing Program – for emergency food pantry improvements.
  • Coos Bay Fire and Rescue – for a power extrication tool.
  • Coos Bay Seventh Day Adventist Food Pantry – for food purchases.
  • Coos County Animal Shelter – for a new well and pump system.
  • Coos County Area Transit Service – for ride-tracking software.
  • Coos County Foster Parents – for food freight costs.
  • Coos County Historical Society – for construction of a maritime
    museum and plaza.
  • Coos County Public Health Department – for exam vouchers for
    teens and young adults.
  • Coos County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program – for mileage
    reimbursement for volunteers.
  • Coos Waterfront Walkway Partnership – for Phase I bulkhead replacement.
  • Coquille Indian Tribe Land, Resources and Environmental Services – for
    materials for a Tribal organic garden.
  • Ecumenical Emergency Food Cupboard – for food purchases.
  • Fairview Rural Fire Protection – for emergency equipment.
  • Friends of Animals with Needs – for their spay/neuter clinic for feral cats.
  • Friends of Coos County Animals – for spay/neuter costs.
  • Lakeside Rural Fire Department – toward purchase of motor
    vehicle rescue equipment.
  • Lakeside Senior Center – for new food preparation equipment.
  • Marshfield Sun Printing Museum – for UV protection for windows.
  • North Bay Rural Fire Protection District – toward thermal imaging
    camera and firefighting gear.
  • North Bend Volunteer Fire Department Rescue Division – for equipment.
  • Oregon Coast Community Action-CASA – to support 15 volunteer for one year.
  • Oregon Coast Community Action-Fresh Alliance Program – for expansion
    of the program.
  • Over the Rainbow, Inc. – for horse feed.
  • PEG Broadcasting Services, Inc. – for high definition equipment.
  • Point Man Ministries Outpost #101 – for gift cards and emergency
    fund for veterans.
  • Powers Food Pantry – to purchase food.
  • Powers Volunteer Fire and Ambulance – toward Jaws of Life and
    a hydraulic gurney.
  • Project Blessing Food Bank – to purchase food.
  • South Coast Business Employment Corp. Senior Nutrition – for home
    delivered meals for seniors.
  • South Coast Interagency Narcotics Team – for director and
    administrative aide salaries.
  • Triangle Food Box – to purchase food.
  • Women's Safety and Resource Center – for a sexual assault
    advocate position.


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