About Us

Through our competitive grant programs, Spirit Mountain Community Fund (SMCF) works to strengthen and enrich our communities.

Through the Spirit Mountain Community Fund, The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde fulfills their Native tradition of potlatch, a ceremony at which good fortune is distributed. The Spirit Mountain Community Fund’s focus is to improve the quality of life in Northwest Oregon through community investments that provide lasting benefits consistent with the Tribe’s culture and values.

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".

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

At a glance:

1997
Year Founded
2,400
Grants Funded
$72,352,026
Total Amount Funded

Our Story

Spirit Mountain Community Fund awarded its first grants in 1997. Nearly 20 years later, we have funded over 1,000 area organizations. We encourage grant seekers to learn about The Grand Ronde Tribe at www.grandronde.org.

All 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. Small grants are awarded more frequently and have an increased request limit of $7,500 beginning on the 1/13/17 Letter of Inquiry deadline.

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Hatfield Fellowship

The Hatfield Fellowship is an annual opportunity for a Native American to work in Washington D.C. for an Oregon Congressional representative. The Fellowship is open to enrolled members of any Northwest Tribe.

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Oregon Tribal Grants

All nine federally recognized tribes of Oregon are eligible for our annual Oregon Tribal Grant. The program typically opens in the Spring, with full applications due later in the Summer.

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