$7.3 million sought in Chukchansi grants

Awards will be announced soon from nearly 100 requests

Brian WilkinsonMay 1, 2013 

Madera County schools, non-profit organizations, fire departments and governmental agencies have submitted nearly 100 applications seeking funds from the seventh round of Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians Community Grants. The grant requests total $7.38 million and an estimated 25 to 30 of the requests will share almost $1 million when the announcement is made within the next 30 days.

This is the seventh year of the 10-year grant program that was negotiated between the tribe and Madera County to settle a property tax dispute after the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino was built on Highway 41, south of Coarsegold.

The largest grant requests have come from Madera's Church of God in Christ for an outreach/mentoring program ($379,000), Yosemite Lakes Volunteer Fire Department for a new fire engine ($348,000) and Coarsegold's Believers Assembly Church ($300,000).

Twenty-one of the grant requests made are between $100,000 to $150,000 including the Tiny Acorn of the Picayune Rancheria ($150,000), Oakhurst Elks Lodge Disaster Center ($146,000), Madera County district attorney's office for a back-file conversion project ($142,500), Madera High School for a robotics regional competition ($141,750), Cornerstone Family Counseling Service of Oakhurst for equipment and crisis intervention ($140,000), Madera County Fire Department for training ($139,000), Spring Valley Elementary School for "math counts" program ($139,000), Madera Community Hospital for birthing beds ($130,000) and the Coarsegold Community Park ($125,000).

In the past, grant funds presented to Chukchansi's Tiny Acorn have been used to fulfill community funding requests under $25,000.

"We're thrilled to be able to work in partnership with the community to continue to help non-profits, school and agencies meet the needs of Madera County residents," said tribal leader Nancy Ayala. "Whether it's children or older residents, we're thrilled that our grant program ultimately will provide more than $10 million for services over 10 years."

In the past six years, county school districts lead the benefactors of grants with a combined six year total of $1.6 million. The Yosemite Unified School District has received $462,573 in grant funds and the Madera Unified School District has collected $408,100. Other districts six year total include Chowchilla Elementary ($246,000), Bass Lake Joint Union ($217,198), Chawanakee ($140,000). Alview Dairyland ($57,000), Golden Valley ($49,000), Raymond-Knowles ($25,000) and Sherman Thomas Charter School ($25,000).

Madera County has received $262,100, City of Chowchilla $255,849 and City of Madera $165,000 in the past six years.

County medical facilities who have benefited over the past six years are Children's' Hospital Central California ($421,069), Madera Community Hospital ($202,000) and Camarena Health Centers ($114,696).

The Mountain Area (supervisorial District 5) has received $1.7 million accumulative over the past six years followed by District 1 ($1.4 million), District 2 ($876,249), District 3 ($809,197) and District 4 ($534,784.

The community grant awards dinner will be held at Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino.

RequestedAgency/Org.Project
$100,000.00Madera District FairLumber Town
$40,000.00American Legion Post 110Concession Trailer
$30,400.00Beargrass KidzBeargrass kidz Learn
$300,000.00Believer's AssemblyBelievers Assembly
$58,452.00Big Brothers Big Sisters of Madera 
$31,354.52Camarena HealthPanoramic X-ray Machine
$100,000.00Camp OakhurstRecreation Center
$25,200.00Caring Veterans Inc.Storage Building & Forklift
$114,585.00Chawanakee AcademyOnline
$99,832.30Chawanakee Culinary Arts InstituteMountain Area Culinary Arts Institute
$100,000.00Children's Hospital Central California FoundationNeonatal Intensive Care Unit
$48,245.26Children's Museum of the SierraTech. Program
$90,000.00Chowchilla Elementary School DistrictStephens School Support Services Building
$29,845.00Chowchilla Elementary School DistrictMusic Program
$64,369.12Chowchilla Elementary School DistrictTech. to Support Students with Special Needs
$95,560.00Chowchilla Red Top Resource Conservation DistrictBrenda Slough Arundo Removal
$80,000.00Chowchilla Union High SchoolBand Revitalization Project
$53,323.33Citizen on Patrol Association of Madera CountyMaintenance & Equipment
$33,407.00City of Chowchilla Fire DepartmentBreathing Air Replenishment Program
$65,200.00City of Madera Neighborhood Revitalization DepartmentMadera Apopt-A-School-Program
$125,000.00CCofCCoarsegold Community Park
$68,158.22Coarsegold ElementaryComputers for Kids
$49,600.00Coarsegold Elementary SchoolSummer Language & Culture Program
$49,600.00Coarsegold Elementary SchoolSummer Language & Culture Program
$25,100.00Coarsegold Historical Society 
$31,022.00Coarsegold Resource Conservation DistrictKinsman Flat Wildlife Area Handicap Trail
$45,000.00Coarsegold Rodeo Association 
$34,302.08Community Action Partnership of Madera CountyFairmead Community & Friends Work Truck
$30,000.00Community Action Partnership of Madera CountyShunammite Place
$113,912.00Community Medical FoundationChukchansi Immediate Care Center
$140,000.00Cornerstone Family Counseling ServicesEquipment & Crisis Intervention
$50,000.00Eastern Madera County SPCACompassion Fund
$30,000.00Economic Development Corp. of Madera CountyWork Where You Play
$60,364.36Elite ForceEquipment, Facility ,Travel, Fees
$32,090.00Friends of Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park 
$26,575.00Friends of Madera Animal ShelterHorse Rescue & Rehab
$25,000.00Friends of the Oakhurst Branch LibrarySolar Electrical System
$31,145.00Golden Chain Theater 
$94,393.00Golden Valley Unifed School DistrictSierra View Picayune Rancheria Playground
$379,000.00Hull Ave. Church of God in ChristSource of Light Outreach Mentoring/Learning
$40,115.00I-5 Social Services CorporationMadera Early Childhood Development Center
$46,816.00Kings View Ready, Set, Go!Youth Connect Madera
$61,660.03Kings View Ready, Set, Go!Madera Youth Volunteer Bureau
$30,000.00Madera Community Action Partnership of Madera CountyVictim Services Aftercare Program
$118,117.04Madera Community HospitalElectronic Fetal Monitors
$129,927.91Madera Community HospitalBirthing Beds
$59,325.15Madera County Arts CouncilMountain Schools Visiting Artists program
$30,246.30Madera County Child Abuse Prevention CouncilStaying Connected with Your Teen program
$142,567.00Madera County District Attorney's OfficeBack-file Conversion Project
$40,000.00Madera County Film Commission Inc. 
$138,974.29Madera County Fire DepartmentSafety Training
$61,000.00Madera County Food BankCommunity Outreach
$40,450.00Madera County LibraryDigitization Project - Native American History
$75,000.00Madera County Probation DepartmentMadera County Literary Skills & Credit Recovery
$25,500.00Madera County Workforce Investment CorporationComputers
$105,000.00Madera Evening Lion'sLittle League Booth Make Over
$80,000.00Madera High School Band & Color GuardBand & Color Guard
$141,750.00Madera High School/MUSDCentral Valley Robotics Regional
$60,000.00Madera Rescue MissionTransportation needs
$85,000.00Madera Unifed School DistrictSchool Complex Safety/Security Fencing
$39,500.00Madera Unifed School DistrictJames Monroe Children's Museum Project
$81,794.00Madera Unified School District (Martin Luther King Jr. School)Fitness Outreach
$100,000.00Minarets High SchoolAthletici Field House Complex/Outdoor Fitness
$75,000.00Minarets High SchoolNative American Cultural Center
$125,275.31Minarets Youth FootballMustangs Stadium
$125,000.00North Fork BoostersNorth Fork Town Rehabilitation
$26,206.00Oakhurst Community CenterImprovement Project
$146,000.00Oakhurst Elks Lodge #2724Disaster Center
$83,500.00Office of the Sheriff - Emergency ServicesMobile Emergency Operations Center Upgrade
$72,700.00Positive Living CenterCommunity Outreach Center
$58,183.75Roman Catholic Diocese of FresnoSt. Anne's Chapel Capital Improvements Project
$80,000.00Ronald McDonald House CharitiesMake Us Mobile
$60,000.00Ronald McDonald House CharitiesMake Us Mobile
$66,386.00Sierra Ambulance ServiceMadera Mountain Emergency Oxygen Fill Station
$39,225.00Sierra Historic Sites AssociationFresno Flats Historical Village & Park Restoration
$36,300.00Sierra Senior SocietySierra Senior Center Repair & Improvement
$25,000.00Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway Association 
$27,561.00Spring Valley School - O'NealsClassroom Computers
$139,205.00Spring Valley School - O'NealsMath Counts at Spring Valley
$39,262.00The Lighthouse Assembly of God ChurchAfter School Care
$50,000.00MaderaFamily Services & Military Center
$150,000.00Tiny Acorn of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi IndiansBuilding Stronger Communities
$43,100.00Madera 
$26,903.00Tribal Conservation DistrictGrow Your Own
$38,000.00Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1981 
$35,000.00Wild Wonderful Women - OakhurstPawsitively Full Food Bank
$31,388.00Yosemite High School FootballSafety Enhancement & Modernization
$348,578.00Yosemite Lakes Volunteer FirefightersFire Engine Yosemite Lakes Station 10
$26,359.00Yosemite Sierra Visitors BureauMadera County Agriculture Trails Map
$50,000.00Yosemite Unifed School DistrictAlternative Ed. Technology
$50,000.00Yosemite Unifed School DistrictSchool Safety Project
$127,713.00Yosemite Unified School DistrictYosemite High School Gymnasium Improvement
$62,000.00Yosemite Unified School DistrictYosemite High School Paving Project
$45,087.80Yosemite/Sequoia Resource Conservation & Dev. CouncilMountain Marijuana Clean-up
$25,535.00Yosemite/Sequoia Resource Conservation & Dev. CouncilShower Smart & Save program
TOTAL  
$7,067,245.77  

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