TOPPENISH – Yakama Nation Legends Casino is inviting non-profit organizations to submit an application for its seventh annual distribution of charitable contributions in early May.
Yakama Cares applications will be accepted through March 31. The application can be accessed under the “Community” heading at www.legendscasino.com.
In 2013, Legends Casino distributed $366,075 to more than 160 area non-profits. Grant recipients included schools, senior services, veteran services, food banks, shelters, and many more in Benton, Franklin, Kittitas and Yakima counties.
In Sunnyside, Chief Kamiakin Elementary, Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services, Nuestra Casa, Pioneer Elementary, Planned Parenthood, St. Joseph’s Parish Food Bank, Sunnyside Hoopsters, Sunnyside Police Department, Sunnyside Senior Citizen Group and Sunnyside VFW Post 3485 Ladies Auxiliary all received grants last year.
A committee of five community members and Yakama Nation Legends Casino employees receives an average of 500 to 800 applications annually to evaluate. The applications undergo three to four rounds of cuts before the final selection.
Historically, applications addressing a youth/educational need, medical benefit to the community or assistance to senior citizens are given preference.
The committee is looking for applications that not only fill a need but also involve minimal overhead. The committee also reviews the overall community needs in its effort to find programs where the funding can make a significant impact for the community.