2020 Grants

Coquille Tribe distributes $366K

Grants will aid 71 community organizations


NORTH BEND – Almost six dozen worthy community groups collected grants on Friday, March 6, from the Coquille Tribal Community Fund.

Grantees and local dignitaries gathered at The Mill Casino-Hotel to celebrate the work of 71 grantees. Totaling $366,126, the grants will help communities in five local counties.

This year’s largest grant, $20,000, went to the Egyptian Theatre Preservation Association, to reroof the landmark Coos Bay movie house. Southwestern Oregon Community College received the second-biggest award: $11,300 to buy “Chester Chest” simulators. Student nurses will practice accessing the simulators’ plastic veins as they prepare to care for local patients.

Even the smallest grant will deliver a visible community impact. It provides $1,000 to the Coos County Master Gardeners to stage a horticulture seminar. A more picturesque and verdant community is the likely result.

The fund is a leading source of charitable grants for South Coast nonprofits, distributing nearly $6.8 million since 2002. The money, drawn from casino revenue, supports organizations in categories including education, public safety, health, historical preservation and the arts.

Each year an appointed board of tribal members and community leaders meets to review applications and decide on the awards. This year’s board consisted of Coquille Tribal Council Secretary Linda Mecum; Coos County Commissioner Melissa Cribbins; state Rep. Gary Leif; Coos Bay Mayor Joe Benetti, Terri Porcaro, chief executive officer of The Mill; and tribal members Jon Ivy and Scott LaFevre.

The tribal fund’s next application cycle will begin Sept. 1. Learn more at www.coquilletribe.org, or call fund Administrator Jackie Chambers at (541) 756-0904.

2020 grantees

Here’s a complete roster of the Coquille Tribal Community Fund’s 2020 grantees:

  • Agness-Illahe Rural Fire Protection District, $1,929 to buy brush jackets, pants and helmets
  • Alternatives to Violence, $6,410 for its Batterers Intervention Treatment Program
  • Animal Shelter Partners, $5,324 for new fencing for the Animal Shelter
  • Aviva Health (formerly Umpqua Community Health Center), $5,000 to expand its denture program
  • Bandon Historical Society Museum, $2,750 for storage space renovations
  • Bob Belloni Ranch Inc., $7,000 for therapy sessions for families and individuals
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Emerald Valley, $6,000 for a reading and enrichment program
  • Brookings Harbor Community Helpers Food Bank, $5,000 for snacks and snack packs for youth
  • Brookings Harbor Education Foundation Inc., $4,300 for iSTEAM program funding for Brookings-Harbor Schools
  • CASA of Douglas County Inc., $7,500 for ACE mental health assessments for children
  • CASA of Lane County, $7,000 for its “Serving the Need” capacity expansion project
  • Center for Nonprofit Stewardship, $2,000 to bring a nonprofit learning series to Coos County
  • Charleston Fishing Families, $1,500 for Fisherman’s Appreciation Day 2020
  • Christian Help of Gold Beach Inc., $2,000 for food pantry purchases
  • City of Port Orford, $10,000 for a new trail and overlook at Fort Point Bluff
  • College Dreams, $6,000 for its college barrier removal services (transportation, college appication fees)
  • Community Presbyterian Church, $2,000 for its Lakeside warming center expansion
  • Compassion Highway Project, $5,000 for services to homeless and low-income individuals in the Medford area
  • Conference of St. Vincent de Paul Myrtle Creek, $5,000 for its “Feeding and Clothing Our Future” program for children in rural south Douglas County
  • Consumer Credit Counseling of Southern Oregon, $5,000, for credit counseling for low-income families
  • Coos Art Museum, $3,500 for its annual maritime art exhibition
  • Coos Bay Area Zonta Service Foundation, $5,000 for its Little Red Schoolhouse project, providing school supplies to Coos County Students
  • Coos Bay Coast League, $3,000 to replace outdated equipment in compliance with new athletic standards
  • Coos Bay Schools Community Foundation, $5,000 to buy shoes for needy students in the Coos Bay school district
  • Coos County Friends of Public Health, $5,000 to provide access to preventive health services to Coos County residents
  • Coos County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue, $10,000 for new radios, uniforms, GPS units and rain gear
  • Coquille Indian Tribe Community Health Center, $5,000 for its fresh produce program for tribal Elders
  • Coquille Valley Art Association, $1,800, for pottery wheels
  • Curry Watersheds Partnership, $5,000 to replace undersized culvert at Greggs Creek
  • Dolphin Players Inc., $2,500 to upgrade theater lighting, heating and outlets
  • Egyptian Theatre Preservation Association, $20,000 to replace its roof
  • Eugene Opera, $5,000, for its “Opera is Instrumental” project
  • Florence Food Share, $5,000 to help deliver food to the food bank
  • Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, $5,000 for free meals to seniors and homeless community members
  • Gold Beach Community Center, $5,000 to prepare and deliver food to home-bound seniors
  • Habitat for Humanity/Rogue Valley, $10,000 to buy a box truck for the Restore
  • Harmony United Methodist Church, $2,500 for its Blossom Gulch snack pack program
  • Kids’ HOPE Center, $5,500 for Darkness to Light training materials
  • Knights of Columbus Council 1261, $4,000 for its holiday food basket program
  • La Clinica del Valle, $10,000 expand expanding La Clinica’s health services in Jackson County
  • Lane Arts Council, $5,000 for its in-school residency programs in Lane County Schools
  • Lane Leadership Foundation, $5,000 to provide housing and other support to those aging out of foster care system
  • Lighthouse School, $5,427 to purchase and install magnetic locking doors for emergencies
  • Maslow Project, $7,000 for its mental health counseling services program
  • Millington Fire District No. 5, $5,940 for updated fire boots
  • North Bend High School, $1,900 for Spanish books
  • North Bend School Foundation, $10,000 for the NBHS construction trades program
  • Operation Rebuild Hope, $5,000 for interior renovations at Bryan’s Home
  • Oregon Coast Community Action Food Share, $5,000 to expand its fresh produce programs
  • Oregon Coast Community Action, $7,500 for Court Appointed Special Advocates training
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, $3,000, for its financial aid program, offering increased access for underserved students to participate in science programs
  • OSU Coos County Master Gardeners , $1,000 for a one-day garden seminar
  • Parenting Now!, $5,000 for its “Make Parenting a Pleasure” program
  • Pearl Buck Center Inc., $5,000, for its Urgent Necessities Fund, providing basic shelter, food, health and hygiene
  • Powers Food Pantry, $5,400 for healthy food purchases
  • Reedsport Rotary Foundation, $4,000 for its Renovation of Henderson Park Playground in Reedsport
  • Roots & Wings Child Development, $7,000 for financial assistance to families for early childhood education and child care
  • Safe Project, $2,000, for its Upgrades to the current facility, including better security
  • Save the Riders Dunes, $2,000 for new radios to help with safety issues
  • Siuslaw Outreach Services, $5,000 for its emergency voucher fund and homelessness relief program
  • Smart Reading, $5,000 to buy books
  • Southern Oregon Songwriters Association, $3,146 for a new public address system for performances
  • Southwest Oregon Public Safety Association (CERT), $8,000 for a storage unit or container to house readily available CERT gear
  • Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation, $11,300 to buy 10 Chester Chest simulators for students to practice accessing veins
  • Southwestern Oregon Veterans Outreach Inc., $4,500 for taxi vouchers and bus passes to transport veterans to out-of-town appointments.
  • Springfield Young Readers, $3,000 for books
  • The Child Center, $5,000 for its wellness program, with services such as food, clothing and housing
  • The Friendly Kitchen/Meals on Wheels Roseburg, $5,000 for its “Frozen Fridays” weekend meal program
  • Umpqua United Soccer Club, $1,500 for its “Empowering Girls Through Soccer” program
  • United Way of Southwestern Oregon, $5,000 for its “Day of Caring” and “Coats and Shoes for Kids” programs
  • Waffle Project, $3,000 for provide free meals to the public on Thursdays, (when the Nancy Devereux Center is closed)

Total: $366,126.49

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