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An educational and health designated grant were awarded to two local organizations.

Two Washington County-based organizations received a total of $55,000 from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde's Spirit Mountain Community Fund, on Wednesday, Sept. 12.Courtesy Photo

REAP Inc. (Reaching and Empowering All People), a youth development program, received $25,000 and Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation received $30,000 from Community Fund, which honors the tribal traditions of sharing and giving back to the community, said Angela Sears, the program's coordinator.

"In 1997, in an effort to uphold these traditions, the tribe formed the Spirit Mountain Community Fund, dedicating 6% of all casino revenue to non-profit organizations in an 11-county area of northwest Oregon," Sears stated in a release.

The Spirit Mountain Community Fund awarded $670,913 to 34 different non-profit organizations across Benton, Clackamas, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington and Yamhill counties during a quarterly check presentation in Grand Ronde on Wednesday.

The various grants are awarded to organizations in categories including arts and culture, education, environmental protection, health, historical preservation, problem gaming, and public safety.

Since 1997, the Community Fund has awarded 2,666 grants to non-profit organizations in Northwest Oregon totaling $78,610,930, Sears said.

"The strength of our local partnerships is something Spirit Mountain Community Fund takes pride in," said executive director Mychal Cherry in the release. "It is an honor and privilege to support those organizations in NW Oregon who are working to improve the quality of life for families, making it a better place to live, work and thrive. Hayu Masi (Many Thanks)!"


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