Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Nisqually, WA. January 18, 2013 – The Nisqually Indian Tribe will continue the Native American tradition of sharing and helping the local community by distributing approximately $2.5 million in grant funds to local groups. The Nisqually Indian Tribe Charitable and Local Government program partners with charitable organizations and local governments to keep people safe, help children succeed, improve community health, honor veterans, preserve culture, protect the environment and support dozens of other critical community services and programs. These programs benefit Indians and non-Indians, alike.“Philanthropy is deep in the roots of our culture and we are committed to helping needy families and individuals,” said Cynthia Iyall, Chair of the Nisqually Indian Tribe. “Through generous giving and strong community partnerships, the Nisqually Tribe is laying the foundation for generations to come and improving the quality of life for all of our neighbors.”More than 140 local organizations will receive funds from the Nisqually Tribe. Charitable grant recipients include the Child Care Action Council in Olympia, Turning Pointe Domestic Violence Services in Shelton, the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group in Olympia, the YMCA of Pierce County, the Nisqually Land Trust, Safe Kids Thurston County, Operation Homefront, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southwest Washington, the Mary Bridge Foundation and the Tenino Food Bank Plus. Grants to government programs will pay for much-needed equipment and services including Eatonville Fire and EMS Department, City of Lacey Parks and Recreation, and Thurston 9-1-1 Communications.Every year the Nisqually Tribe awards money to local charitable and government programs through a competitive grant application process. Eligible charitable groups include 501(c)3, tax-exempt organizations that provide public safety, literacy, religious, educational, charitable or other community activities. Requests from scholarship funds and community groups are also considered. The local government fund supports police, fire, emergency services and other public safety needs.