The Spirit Mountain Community Fund is the philanthropic arm of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon. Through the Community Fund, the Tribe donates six percent of casino revenue to registered 501c3 nonprofit organizations in northwest Oregon, as well as government agencies in Polk and Yamhill Counties, and to the nine federally recognized Tribes of Oregon.
We are proud of the Food Security grants we have funded in our local communities since 1997! Please check out our commercial to learn more!
The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, through the Spirit Mountain Community Fund, supports efforts that address the health, education and social needs of Oregonians, primarily in underserved communities. We invest in the achievements of our youth and assist with removing obstacles preventing those successes. By promoting equity and diversity, we embody our belief that all Oregonians can flourish together when we understand our shared and unique history. We honor and promote tribal sovereignty and culture by aiding in their restoration, preservation and protection now through seven generations.
The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, through the Spirit Mountain Community Fund, continues the Native tradition of potlatch, a ceremony at which good fortune is distributed. Through our grant awards, we promote sustainability, inclusion and the advancement of underserved communities, including Oregon Tribes. Our primary focus is to improve the quality of life for all people living in Northwest Oregon through effective philanthropic investments that are consistent with the Tribe’s culture and values.
In October of 1995, the tribe opened the doors of Spirit Mountain Casino, which quickly became the #1 Tourist Attraction in Oregon. Once our Tribal leaders realized the success of the casino, they wanted a way to give back to the communities who supported them during their most difficult time, the termination era. So they proposed to donate six percent of casino revenue to nonprofit organizations in northwest Oregon.
The Spirit Mountain Community Fund awarded its first grants in 1997 to Life Flight and Portland Art Museum. Today, we continue to support nonprofit organizations in Northwest Oregon through our competitive grant programs. We encourage grant seekers to learn about the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde at www.grandronde.org.
Peggy Hanson, Wayside Friends Church, is the yeʔlan lima award winner for the volunteer category.
Mary Rebar, Regional Care Services Coordinator for the ALS Association Oregon and SW Washington
Chapter, is the yeʔlan lima award winner for the paid staff category.
Morgan Parks, Oregon Education Manager for the National Wildlife Federation, is the yeʔlan lima
(Helping Hand) award winner for the paid management category.
As a responsive funder, we support a wide range of nonprofit organizations and projects through a competitive grant program. We offer two general purpose grant programs, Small Grants and Large Grants.Learn More
This annual grant program is open to all nine federally recognized tribes of Oregon.Oregon Tribal Grants
Veterans Legacy believes that no Veteran should be homeless and no Veteran should die by suicide. We aim to break the cycle of Veteran suicide for underserved Veterans experiencing homelessness, mental health and/or substance abuse issues through residential substance abuse and mental health treatment.
Our ultimate goal is that each Veteran moves forward in life addiction-free and with stable housing and employment skills, providing them with the best possible chances for life-long success.
Camp Alma is a rural residential facility featuring therapeutic agriculture, individualized treatment plans, extended stays and indefinite case management. We ensure that Veterans can successfully reintegrate into the community with job skills and housing arranged when they leave Camp Alma. Our indefinite case management helps Veterans avoid the feelings of abandonment that are common and allows for quick recognition of issues before they become serious problems.