The Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund recently distributed $189,895.53 to 30 organizations as it continues its quarterly donations to nonprofit groups. Due to the coronavirus pandemic and current restrictions on gatherings of people, the reception originally scheduled for May 7 was canceled.
The Siletz Tribe has made contributions through employment, monetary donations and cooperative measures to the Siletz community, Lincoln County and the state of Oregon. The seven-member charitable fund advisory board has distributed more than $14.8 million since its inception in 2001.
Overall, the tribe has honored its tradition of sharing within the community by distributing more than $19 million through the charitable fund and other tribal resources. Chinook Winds has donated more than $6.5 million in cash and fundraising items since it opened in 1995. The casino also provides in-kind donations of convention space for various fund-raisers as well as technical support, advertising and manpower for many events.
The next deadline to submit applications is June 1. Eligibility for money from the charitable fund is limited to two categories:
• Entities and activities located in the Siletz Tribe’s 11-county service area (Lincoln, Tillamook, Linn, Lane, Benton, Polk, Yamhill, Marion, Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties)
• Native American entities and activities located anywhere in the United States
Applications and requirements can be obtained at ctsi.nsn.us/charitable-contribution-fund; by calling 800-922-1399, ext. 1227, or 541-444-8227; or by mailing Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund, P.O. Box 549, Siletz, OR 97380-0549. Applications can be submitted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following Lincoln County organizations received funding in this latest round of disbursements:
Career Tech High School, Lincoln City — kits, licenses and racing equipment for Career and Technical Ed Coastal Drone Academy for high school students ($2,803.06);
Oregon Coast Community College, Newport — outfit science, biology and chemistry teaching labs with modern scientific equipment, glassware and reagents ($18,985);
Siletz Valley Schools — repair sections of high school roof ($41,500).
Innovative Concepts for Families of Lincoln County, Newport — dental van fees and portable toilet rentals for six clinic dates to provide free emergency dental services to under- and uninsured clients ($7,650);
Lincoln County School District, Newport — Spot Vision Screener to expand vision health screenings for all students ($7,980).
Siletz Tribal Arts and Heritage Society — museum capital building campaign ($25,000).
Northwest Coastal Housing, Newport — help with development and construction costs of Blackberry Hill, 11-unit single-bedroom veteran/workforce housing in Toledo ($10,000).
B’nai B’rith Camp — scholarships to attend Lincoln City summer day camp for children age 4-14 ($5,000);
CASA of Lincoln and Tillamook Counties, Newport — create and manage new website ($5,000);
East County Community Partnership, Toledo — food, clothing, shoes, school supplies and materials to support nutrition, health and academic success of students ($3,900);
Siletz Valley School, Grad Night Committee — support safe alcohol- and other drug-free graduation celebration ($500);
Toledo High School, Grad Night Committee — support safe alcohol- and other drug-free graduation celebration ($500).
Toledo Fire Department — replace/upgrade structural firefighting boots ($4,000).
Siletz Valley Grange — rent equipment to safely access east end of grange building to prep and paint exterior ($965.80).