Community. A sense of place. A vision for the future. At Spirit Mountain Casino, these are the values that run through our core. We are honored to be a part of the Willamette Valley community, and we give back through the Spirit Mountain Community Fund (SMCF).
Who We Are
The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde established SMCF in 1997. As the philanthropic arm of the tribe, we focus on bringing our vision to life: “to improve the quality of life in Northwest Oregon through community investments that provide lasting benefits consistent with the Tribe’s culture and values.”
What We Do
We use profits from Spirit Mountain Casino to reinvest in our communities. It’s our way of showing gratitude for the place that we call home. SMCF also aligns with our Native tradition of potlatch, where we give good fortune to neighbors and friends. Since SMCF began in 1997, we have funded 2,400 grants totalling $72,352,026.
What the Grantmaking Process Looks Like
SMCF offers a few dynamic programs to support our community. These include:
Small grants, which have a $7,500 limit. Applications are generally accepted monthly and the process is competitive.
Large grants, which have a $50,000 programmatic limit and a $100,000 capital limit. Applications are accepted quarterly and the process tends to be extremely competitive.
Oregon Tribal Grants, which support Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes.
Hatfield Fellowship, where one Native American is selected to work with an Oregon representative in Congress in Washington, D.C. for a nine-month term.
Who We Fund
Our community is dynamic, and our grant programs are purposefully unspecific because of this. Broadly, we fund 501(c)3 organizations with projects that relate to:
- Arts & Culture
- Environmental Preservation
- Historic Preservation
- Problem Gaming
- Public Safety
SMCF’s grants have funded afterschool programs and nutrition initiatives. They have funded water preservation measures and community art projects. There is no “one size fits all” SMCF grantee - and we like it that way. Take a look at our project archive to learn more about the inspiring projects we have funded.
Spirit Mountain Casino is grateful for our neighbors throughout Oregon State. And it is our honor to give back to the community we love through the Spirit Mountain Community Fund.