The Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund has distributed $424,257.07 to 28 organizations as it continues its quarterly donations to nonprofit groups. Due to the current conditions of the coronavirus pandemic, the reception originally scheduled for Aug. 6 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 $15.2 million since its inception in 2001.

Overall, the tribe has honored its tradition of sharing within the community by distributing more than $19.6 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 fundraisers as well as technical support, advertising and manpower for many events.

The next deadline to submit applications is Sept. 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; 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

The following Lincoln County organizations received funding in this latest round of disbursements:


Oregon Coast STEM Hub, Newport — at-sea ship time, fuel, transport, materials and food for marine STEM job shadow program for 30 youth ages 16-18 from Lincoln County ($7,500);

Siletz Valley Friends of the Library — update and install an eight-camera wireless security and surveillance video system ($1,799);

Siletz Valley School — personnel and operations for 2021-22 school year, including K-12 media technology, coaching, sports, nurse and building maintenance ($292,000).


Lincoln County Joint Transportation Committee, Lincoln City — bus passes to help residents get to medical-related appointments, including taxi vouchers and gas cards for areas outside of bus routes ($5,000);

RSVP of Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties — durable medical and fall prevention equipment (grab bars, transfer benches, walkers, etc.) for elders and people with disabilities ($2,000);

The Salvation Army of Lincoln County, Newport — food shares and other food resources to distribute emergency food boxes at Food Pantry of Hope in Newport and mobile pantry in North County ($2,000).

Historical Preservation

Siletz Tribal Arts and Heritage Society — capital museum-building campaign ($25,000);

Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society, Toledo — materials, steel staircases and labor for restoration of Baldwin steam locomotive engine “One-Spot” ($5,000).

Public Safety

Siletz Valley Fire District — match district’s budget amount to replace complete sets of expired structure fire turnouts ($9,000).


American Legion Auxiliary Post 116, Gleneden Beach — food and food-related items for Thanksgiving meal for veterans ($1,500);

Echo Mountain Fire Relief, Otis — food and snacks for family fun nights for wildfire survivors ($1,800);

Lincoln City Senior Center — food and supplies for annual Thanksgiving luncheon ($600);

Panther Creek Senior and Community Center, Otis — repairs and painting due to damage from Echo Mountain Complex fire ($3,995).

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