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Coquille Tribal Community Fund Announces 2008 Grant Recipients
37 Grants Provide $685,725 for Community Projects

North Bend, Ore. – Projects at 35 area non-profit organizations and public agencies will benefit from more than $685,000 in grants distributed by the Coquille Tribal Community Fund.

At their annual January meeting, the Fund's Board of Trustees approved 37grants totaling $685,725 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.

“Organizations throughout the region requested more than $3 million for a wide variety of projects,” said Michele Burnette, chair of the fund's board of trustees. “It is obvious that the need is great in our communities and we are pleased to be able to do our part to help meet those needs.”

The three largest grants went toward larger scale construction projects. The Coos County Historical Society received $150,000 to help with construction of their new museum on the Coos Bay waterfront. The Oregon Institute of Marine Biology received $90,000 for construction of the Charleston Marine Life Center. The Coos County STEP Commission received $46,300 to build a new spawning building at their Morgan Creek hatchery.

“This year our Tribal Community Fund took steps to help preserve and protect the historical and natural resources of our coastal region,” said Ed Metcalf, Coquille Tribal Council chairman. “We are indeed fortunate to be able to share our bounty with those who will do great work for our communities.”

The Coquille Indian Tribe established the community fund in 2001 as a way to share profits from The Mill Casino · Hotel with community organizations. Since its inception, the fund has distributed close to $2.6 million to support charitable efforts throughout the region.

Investments in public health and safety continue to be a priority for grant funding. The Fund provided nearly $64,000 in grants for firefighting equipment, emergency medical equipment and public health services and support groups.

Maintaining the safety net for needy residents also received priority funding. Grants totaling $59,000 will provide food through area food banks and rental assistance. The amount includes $30,000 toward construction of a central food warehouse by Oregon Coast Community Action.

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 · Hotel, 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 and 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, Communications Coordinator, (541) 756-8800, ext. 1243, rdoering@themillcasino.com .


The following organizations received funds this year:

  • Bandon Community Swimming Pool – to build a swimming pool.
  • Bay Area Senior Activity Center – for building improvements.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Southwestern Oregon – to purchase a passenger van.
  • Camp Millenium Cancer Camp for Children – for a medical services trailer.
  • Catnip Sanctuary – for equipment.
  • Charleston Rural Fire Protection District – for protective gear.
  • Christian Help Food Bank – for supplemental food purchases.
  • Coos Bay Area Zonta Service Foundation – for Little Red Schoolhouse program.
  • Coo Bay Seventh Day Adventist Food Pantry – for food purchases.
  • Coos County Public Health – for new exam tables.
  • Coos County Public Health – for exam and treatment vouchers for teens and young adults.
  • Coos County STEP Commission – to construct a new spawning building.
  • Coos Historical and Maritime Museum – for construction of a new museum and plaza.
  • Coquille Indian Tribe Cultural Services Program – to publish Indian Basket book for children.
  • Coquille River Lighthouse Keepers Foundation – toward restoration of the lighthouse.
  • Coquille School District – for new gym bleachers.
  • Coquille Senior Activity Center – for new furniture.
  • Egyptian Theatre Preservation Association – for new heating system.
  • Friends of Langlois Library – for lighting.
  • Green Acres Rural Fire Protection District – to upgrade EMT equipment.
  • Harbor Lights Middle School – for kitchen appliances for life skills class.
  • Harm Reduction Center of Southern Oregon – for community outreach program.
  • North Bay Fire Department – for equipment.
  • North Bend High School Athletics and Activities – to complete the Oak Street facility.
  • North Bend Pool – to remodel the lobby.
  • Oregon Coast Community Action – for emergency rental assistance.
  • Oregon Coast Community Action – for construction of a central food warehouse.
  • Oregon Institute of Marine Biology – for the Charleston Marine Life Center.
  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival – for school visit partnership for Coquille High School.
  • Over the Rainbow, Inc. – for saddle accessories and equipment.
  • Point Man Ministries Outpost #101 – for emergency fund for veterans.
  • Powers Food Bank – to purchase food.
  • Powers Volunteer Fire and EMS – for a heart monitor for the ambulance.
  • SHAMA House – to purchase a vehicle.
  • South Coast Community Garden Association – for the Lakeside Community Garden.
  • Triangle Food Box – to purchase food.
  • Women's Safety and Resource Center – for men's and women's support groups.


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