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      Grand Traverse Band announces over $900,000 to be distributed

      The Grand Traverse Band distributed their 2% allocation for the second half of 2013 today.

      Over $900,000 was distributed today to over 50 local organizations as part of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians' 2% allocation of video gaming revenue at a ceremoney at the Turtle Creek Casino and Williamsburg. The Band is required to do this twice a year and since the allocation started in 1994, over $31 million has been given out to hundreds of local organizations in the community.

      This year several government agencies were awarded money as well as law enforcement agencies, commissioner boards, and school districts.

      See below for a full list of organizations awarded money.

      Organization

      2% Award

      Gov't to Gov't Agreement - Antrim County

      Prisoner Housing Contract

      $ 12,775.00

      Gov't to Gov't Agreement - Benzie County

      Prisoner Housing Contract

      $ 19,162.50

      Gov't to Gov't Agreement - Charlevoix County

      Prisoner Housing Contract

      $ 12,775.00

      Gov't to Gov't Agreement - Leelanau County

      Prisoner Housing Contract

      $ 63,875.00

      Acme Township

      Funding toward financing for preliminary engineering needs to extend tribal water along the main business corridors of Acme Township, including M-72, US-31, and Mt. Hope Road.

      $ 14,000.00

      Benzie Central Schools

      Funding toward the SEEDS Program

      $ 15,000.00

      Benzie Conservation District

      Funding for the purchase of a small boat and motor to better facilitate water sampling and monitoring projects.

      $ 6,000.00

      Benzie County Road Commission

      Funding to retrofit a battery back-up system for the communications tower.

      $ 3,600.00

      Benzie County Sheriff's Office

      Funding toward the replacement of the marine patrol boat used primarily as a first responder boat to all inland lakes in Benzie County.

      $ 17,554.16

      Benzie County Sheriff's Office

      Funding for the Northern Michigan Mutual Aid Task Force Group-2 Emergency Response Team for replacing and updating ballistic shields they utilize.

      $ 7,000.00

      Benzonia Township

      Funding for the Special Olympics State Summer Games.

      $ 5,000.00

      Benzonia Township

      Funding for food purchases for the Benzie Area Christian Neighbors Food Pantry that serves area residents in need.

      $ 15,360.00

      Central Lake Public Schools

      Funding to update current laptops with iPads to enhance the school??s special education program to give students with learning disabilities the best learning opportunities available.

      $ 9,834.00

      City of Boyne City

      Funding for the Boyne Area Free Clinic.

      $ 50,000.00

      City of Charlevoix

      Funding for the purchase of 10 iPads for the kindergarten and first grade classrooms.

      $ 2,500.00

      City of Charlevoix

      Funding for the Third Day Fellowship and Outreach Program that provides services for those in need.

      $ 15,000.00

      City of Charlevoix

      Funding for the Joppa House, which addresses homelessness and low employment among women by offering a transitional housing program.

      $ 20,916.00

      City of Frankfort

      Funding for the Frankfort City Fire Department for the purchase of enhanced life-saving equipment, an "oximeter" and to update new defibrillator.

      $ 8,055.00

      City of Frankfort

      Funding for the Frankfort City Police Department to purchase defibrillators and thermal imager.

      $ 9,733.00

      Elk Rapids Township EMS

      Funding to purchase two (2) Lucas Chest Compression Systems, a mechanical device used to replace manual chest compressions during cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

      $ 24,640.44

      Elmwood Township Fire & Rescue

      Funding for a Zoll AutoPulse, which is a mechanical CPR Unit.

      $ 2,025.00

      Glen Lake Fire Department

      Funding for the purchase of a Lucas CPR device to aid providers in treating cardiac arrest patients.

      $ 14,754.28

      Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners

      Funding toward the Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging??s need for a new pick-up truck with a snowplow for the "Outside Home Chore Program."

      $ 20,000.00

      Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners

      Funding for the Grand Traverse County Health Department for clean, healthy, and safe beaches in the Grand Traverse region by improving beach hazard communications in terms of both beach monitoring and beach safety improvements.

      $ 25,000.00

      Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners

      Funding toward the Grand Traverse Sheriff??s Office/Traverse Bay Children??s Advocacy Center to combat sexual abuse in the area.

      $ 20,000.00

      Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners

      Funding for the Third Level Crisis 24-hour crisis intervention services available to all area residents without discrimination, every hour of the day, every day of the year.

      $ 50,000.00

      Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners

      Funding toward the Child and Family Services partnership with Grand Traverse County to operate and administer the Safe Haven Supervised Visitation and Exchange Program that helps to ensure the safety, security, and dignity of all members of families that have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

      $ 35,000.00

      Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners

      Funding for the "Recycle-A-Bicycle Program/TART Trails, Inc." to expand the program capacity and continue essential service of walk-in repairs to the community.

      $ 5,080.00

      Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners

      Funding toward the Father Fred Foundation, which provides food and utility services to those in need.

      $ 45,000.00

      Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners

      Funding toward the Goodwill Inn??s Housing Program that assist the homeless.

      $ 17,057.83

      Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners

      Funding for the Traverse City At-Risk Boxing Program that promotes physical fitness for at-risk youth through the sport of amateur boxing.

      $ 15,000.00

      Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department

      Funding for the purchase of two (2) Lucas Chest Compression Systems for Fire Station #8 in Acme and Station #11 in Garfield Township.

      $ 23,860.35

      Homestead Township Fire Department

      Funding toward the various phases for replacing outdated firemen air packs and a Cascade System to support volunteer firemen.

      $ 27,609.00

      Leelanau County Board of Commissioners

      Funding for the Leelanau County Sheriff??s Department for the purchase of 12, 800 Mhz radios that will be used for effective communication in conjunction with Leelanau County and GTB police forces?? cross-deputization agreement.

      $ 29,205.00

      Leelanau County Board of Commissioners

      Funding for the County??s Office of Emergency Management for the purchase of supplies for use on a Medical Surge Trailer.

      $ 2,500.00

      Leelanau County Board of Commissioners

      Funding for the Leelanau County Senior Services, which is charged with meeting the needs of 7,000 seniors within Leelanau County.

      $ 4,550.00

      Leelanau Montessori Public School Academy

      Funding to develop an Anishinaabemowen Language and Cultural Immersion Experience.

      $ 15,000.00

      Leelanau Township

      Funding toward the Spirit Journey program that teaches Native youth respect for self and others.

      $ 35,000.00

      Leland Township

      Funding toward the dredging of Leland Township Harbor.

      $ 11,446.83

      Mayfield Township

      Funding for the purchase of a Luca Chest Compression System to be used for Mayfield Township coverage.

      $ 13,000.00

      Peninsula Township

      Funding toward renovations of the Dougherty House to restore the home and property to the historical period for which it is renowned.

      $ 8,960.00

      Peninsula Township Fire Department

      Funding for the purchase of two (2) Massimo Rad 57 Carbon Monoxide Monitors for each of the Peninsula Township Fire Department??s ambulances.

      $ 7,904.00

      St. James Township Board

      Funding for the Beaver Island Community Development Corporation to manage the Forest View Community apartment building on Beaver Island, which serves low-income seniors, the disabled, and their caregivers.

      $ 7,000.00

      Star Township Fire Department

      Funding for Lucas Chest Compression System.

      $ 13,993.00

      Suttons Bay Bingham Fire & Rescue

      Funding towards the purchase of tools/equipment for the new 912 Fire Engine that is scheduled to arrive in March/April 2014.

      $ 11,522.97

      Suttons Bay Public Schools

      Funding to complete the school??s playground renovation with a new central structure.

      $ 20,000.00

      Suttons Bay Public Schools

      Funding to replace existing scoreboards in the high school gym and repurpose them for the two smaller gymnasiums.

      $ 4,647.00

      Suttons Bay Public Schools

      Funding for the Anishinaabemowin Program.

      $ 41,000.00

      Traverse Bay Intermediate School District (TBAISD)

      Funding for the "Michael??s Place/Journey??s Pilot Program" that is designed to meet the needs and challenges of grieving middle and high school students and educate the caring adults trying to help them through their mourning into healing.

      $ 21,500.00

      Traverse City Area Public Schools

      Funding towards the STEP program that helps homeless students and families in residential transition each year due to eviction, loss of income, natural disaster or other reasons.

      $ 10,000.00

      Village of Fife Lake

      Funding for development of a "North Country Trail" section leading to Fife Lake and LED lighting for the streetlamps.

      $ 18,900.00

      Total 2% Allocation for 2 nd Half 2013

      $ 909,295.36