MISSION - The Wildhorse Foundation gave more than $121,000 to 16 nonprofit organizations for the second quarter of 2004, bringing its three-year history of donations to a total of $1.2 million.
The foundation is the charitable arm of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. It provides grants to groups in Umatilla, Morrow, Union and Wallowa counties.
The funding for the foundation comes from a percentage of the Wildhorse Resort & Casino's net income. As the resort's business grows, so does the foundation's income.
The largest grant this quarter was $20,000 to the Stanfield Parks and Streets Department. That money will be used to repair fencing and create a second Little League field.
Other grants included:
$16,000 to the Blue Mountain 4-H Center, 10 miles north of La Grande. It serves Union, Baker, Umatilla and Wallowa counties. The grant will be used to build two handicapped-accessible cabins.
$15,000 to Agape House to refurbish a building it received from Good Shepherd Health Care System in Hermiston. Agape provides food, clothing and shelter to families in western Umatilla and Morrow counties.
$15,000 to the Umatilla County Courthouse Clock Restoration Committee to purchase a functioning bell for the cracked clock at the courthouse.
$10,925 to Imbler Public Schools in Union County to purchase the Barton Reading and Spelling System, other software and a laptop computer. The program helps dyslexic students improve their reading without requiring a trained teacher to supervise the practice.
$10,000 to the Umatilla County Special Library District to support the Early Literacy and Learning League, which is dedicated to improving literacy rates throughout the four counties served by the Wildhorse Foundation.
$8,000 to the Ukiah Public School Library to purchase more books.
$7,500 to the Umatilla Reservation Housing Authority to support the tribal home ownership program.
$5,000 to Eastern Oregon Alcoholism Foundation's Pendleton facility, the only detoxification center in Eastern Oregon.
$5,000 to Inland Northwest Musicians to fund a volunteer coordinator/manager position.
$4,000 to Community Skate Park in Adams. It will provide partial funding for the materials and architectural direction needed to build a skate park.
$3,000 to the New Directions Education Project to cover the cost of tuition and textbooks for inmates at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institute in Pendleton. Oregon prisons no longer offer educational classes above GED level and New Directions is one of the groups attempting to fill that gap.
$500 to the Weston Public Library to underwrite the Book Buddies program, a monthly book discussion group for fifth grade students.
In addition to its regular grants, Wildhorse granted four rapid response grants for funds that were needed before the end of the quarter. Those went to the Oregon Department of Human Services ($380.62), Hermiston Chamber of Commerce ($500), Tamastslikt Cultural Institute ($500), and the Pendleton Little League ($1,000).
The next deadline for grant applications is Oct. 1. More information and online forms are available at www.wildhorseresort.com.