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Community Groups Receive $685,725 for Special Projects

2008 Coquille Grantees

North Bend, Ore.—Representatives of 35 area non-profit organizations and public agencies today received more than $685,000 in grants distributed by the Coquille Tribal Community Fund.

At its annual grantee luncheon, the Fund's Board of Trustees presented checks for 37 grants totaling $685,725 to fund programs and projects that 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 fish 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 HYPERLINK "www.coquilletribalfund.org"www.coquilletribalfund.org.

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

The following organizations received funds this year:

  • Bandon Community Swimming Pool - $25,000 to build a swimming pool.
  • Bay Area Senior Activity Center - $10,938 for building improvements.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Southwestern Oregon - $30,000 to purchase a passenger van.
  • Camp Millenium Cancer Camp for Children - $25,000 for a medical services trailer.
  • Catnip Sanctuary - $7,000 for equipment.
  • Charleston Rural Fire Protection District - $10,000 for protective gear.
  • Christian Help Food Bank - $9,500 for supplemental food purchases.
  • Coos Bay Area Zonta Service Foundation - $7,000 for Little Red Schoolhouse program.
  • Coo Bay Seventh Day Adventist Food Pantry - $5,000 for food purchases.
  • Coos County Public Health - $7,000 for new exam tables.
  • Coos County Public Health - $5,000 for exam and treatment vouchers for teens and young adults.
  • Coos County STEP Commission - $46,300 to construct a new spawning building.
  • Coos Historical and Maritime Museum - $150,000 for construction of a new museum and plaza.
  • Coquille Indian Tribe Cultural Services Program - $6,000 to publish Indian Basket book for children.
  • Coquille River Lighthouse Keepers Foundation - $10,000 toward restoration of the lighthouse.
  • Coquille School District - $5,000 for new gym bleachers.
  • Coquille Senior Activity Center - $3,650 for new furniture.
  • Egyptian Theatre Preservation Association - $30,000 for new heating system.
  • Friends of Langlois Library - $4,617 for lighting.
  • Green Acres Rural Fire Protection District - $10,000 to upgrade EMT equipment.
  • Harbor Lights Middle School - $4,220 for kitchen appliances for life skills class.
  • Harm Reduction Center of Southern Oregon - $3,000 for community outreach program.
  • North Bay Fire Department - $10,000 for equipment.
  • North Bend High School Athletics and Activities - $30,000 to complete the Oak Street facility.
  • North Bend Pool - $40,000 to remodel the lobby.
  • Oregon Coast Community Action - $7,000 for emergency rental assistance.
  • Oregon Coast Community Action - $30,000 for construction of a central food warehouse.
  • Oregon Institute of Marine Biology - $90,000 for the Charleston Marine Life Center.
  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival - $5,000 for school visit partnership for Coquille High School.
  • Over the Rainbow, Inc. - $1,116 for saddle accessories and equipment.
  • Point Man Ministries Outpost #101 - $5,000 for emergency fund for veterans.
  • Powers Food Bank - $4,000 to purchase food.
  • Powers Volunteer Fire and EMS - $15,000 for a heart monitor for the ambulance.
  • SHAMA House - $22,000 to purchase a vehicle.
  • South Coast Community Garden Association - $5,000 for the Lakeside Community Garden.
  • Triangle Food Box - $3,500 to purchase food.
  • Women's Safety and Resource Center - $3,884 for men's and women's support groups.
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