The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians today announced $947,754 in gaming revenue allocation to local units of government via its "2 percent allocation" program. Of the 104 applications received, totaling nearly $5 million in requests, the Tribal Council awarded 52 applicants.
Included in the awards are: $60k for Father Fred's heating and utility assistance program, $12,550 for Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan, $52k to the TC Police Department for a Chevy Tahoe 4x4 to be used in crime scene investigation and $15k to Blair Township for the purchase of a "splash pad" for its handicap-accessible playground. Other funding recipients include Traverse Health Clinic, Child and Family Services, Third Level Crisis Intervention Center, Goodwill, Leelanau County's Christian Neighbors food pantry, the county sheriff's marine patrol and area schools.
Since the biannual allocation began in 1994, the Band has distributed just shy of $30 million to hundreds of local organizations.