TOPPENISH — Local nonprofit organizations may now apply for the annual Yakama Cares grant, which will be distributed in May 2023.
Each year, the Charitable Contributions Fund assists many area nonprofits with several hundred thousand dollars in grants. Past grant recipients included schools, senior services, veteran services, food banks, shelters, and many more in Benton, Franklin, Kittitas, Klickitat, and Yakima counties.
The committee of five community members and Legends Casino Hotel team members receive hundreds of applications annually to evaluate. The applications undergo multiple rounds of cuts before the final selection.
“Programs where a grant can help make a significant impact in our community pique our interest,” according to the committee. “We’re always excited to see how we can make a difference in our community each year.”
Charitable organizations whose service area lies within a 100-mile radius of the Legends Casino Hotel campus and address a youth/educational need, elder care and activities as well as medical benefit to the community receive priority consideration.
Proof of nonprofit status will be required of each applicant, and according to Appendix X of the Compact that outlines the qualifications for grant distribution, tribal nonprofits are not eligible for these funds.
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