Supporting Communities through Giving

At a Glance

Year Founded
Grants Funded
Total Amount Funded

Who We Are

As the philanthropic arm of the Tribe, SMCF distributes grants to non-profit organizations in 11 counties, government agencies in Polk and Yamhill Counties, and the 9 federally recognized Tribes in Oregon. Our competitive grant programs have helped support a wide variety of organizations doing incredible work in or communities. The Grand Ronde Tribe values the support that we have received from our neighbors, and we are proud to be able to give back and say "Thank You".

Mission Statement

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.

Vision Statement

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, through its philanthropic arm, 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 in Northwest Oregon through effective philanthropic investments consistent with the Tribe’s culture and values.

All grant funds come directly from Spirit Mountain Casino profits, as required in our gaming compact with the State of Oregon.

Our Story

Spirit Mountain Community Fund awarded its first grants in 1997. 21 years later, we have continued to fund organization throughout our 11-county funding area. We encourage grant seekers to learn about The Grand Ronde Tribe at


Our Grants & Programs

General Purpose Grants

Large grants are awarded quarterly and have request limits of $50,000 for programmatic and $100,000 for capital requests. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ NEW! Small grants are capped at $7500 and awarded quarterly. We have now introduced a 2-step process, starting with the Proposal (an abbreviated version of our Large Grant LOI). Important Program Changes: We recently changed grantmaking programs. All applicants will need to create a new user account and login credentials in order to submit an LOI or Small Grant Proposal. If you have any questions or need assistance with this process, please email and one of our staff will get back to you right away.

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Oregon Tribal Grants

This annual grant is open to all 9 federally recognized tribes of Oregon. Final reports are due May 15, 2020. The Letter of Inquiry timeline is April 15 - June 1, 2020.

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Hatfield Fellowship

Each year, a Native American is selected to serve for nine months as a staff member for one of Oregon's congressional delegates in their Washington, D.C. office. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Applications NOW CLOSED

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Grantee Highlight

Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation

Large Grant

The Spirit Mountain Community Fund helped to support the construction of the Rood Family Pavilion at OHSU, a new guest house in Portland for out-of-town patients and their families. Nearly 2,000 donors across the country collectively raised $32,000,000 to provide this new five-story home for healing for patients who travel long distances to OHSU and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital for specialized, long-term care. The new guest house opened in the spring of 2019, providing 76 guest suites (38 dedicated to pediatric patients and 38 dedicated to adult patients) with amenities and programs designed to reduce stress, build community and promote healing for the whole family, including an entire floor dedicated to community activities, a Zen garden for relaxation and play spaces designed with the needs of Doernbecher patients of all mobilites in mind. All guests stay for free or at a very low cost, depending on their situation. And thanks to our partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon & Southwest Washington, all families with a child at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital stay free of charge. Because we want our patients focused on healing, not housing, there are no set restrictions on length of stay.

View our project archive to see more projects we've funded