Tillamook County, amongst others within the 11 county service area of the Siletz Tribe, made the cut for quarterly donations to area non-profits on behalf of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians (CTSI).
By Brian Cameron
The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians Charitable Contribution Fund awards a number of non-profit and community organizations monies that can mean the difference for the recipients throughout Tillamook County.
“The word gets out about the donations program pretty quickly,” said Diane Rodriquez, Public Information Officer with the CTSI. “We do have some larger donations to some national groups but for the most part the program was created to benefit smaller organizations.”
Originally starting in 2001 the Charitable Donations program has served to aide a wide variety of recipient organizations within 11 counties, as well as nationally in the case of Native American entities.
Arranged as a quarterly donations program the distribution of funds occurs every Nov., Feb., May and Aug. and most recently on Nov. 3 the CTSI awarded a total of $165,099.49 in donations, and in Tillamook County specifically a total of seven organizations received $17,507.47 as part of the program.
The Tillamook County Search and Rescue organization received $4,154.40 for new GPS devices for volunteers during SAR operations, The Rockaway Beach Police Department was awarded $5,000 for repairs to their building’s roofing and façade, CASA is to upgrade their website as well as contract auditing services for $2,000, the Tillamook County Women’s Resource Center received $2,450 for hygiene and cleaning supplies, Kilchis-Tillamook VFW 2848 was the recipient of a $1,000 for a traveling museum as well as advertising material, the North County Recreation District received $1,500 for busses, snacks and supplies for their “From the Forest to the Sea” science camp, and the Nestucca Junior/Senior High School received $1,403.07 for printmaking supplies.
According to Rodriquez the applicants have to be non-profit in nature but she mentioned that their status doesn’t necessarily have to be of 501c3 status, citing entities like schools and civic departments qualifying as well for grant monies.
“The program has been growing since I’ve been involved since the beginning,” said Rodriquez. “I’ve noticed some more and different names appear on the applicants lately and its good to know we can help the community so widely.”