CHEROKEE, N.C. – In its latest round of grants, the Cherokee Preservation Foundation has awarded a total of $2.7 million to nonprofits in and around the Qualla Boundary, the area in Western North Carolina where the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians resides.
In all, 24 grants were awarded to organizations working in the areas of cultural preservation, economic development, job creation and the environment.
The Sequoyah Fund received $1 million for a revolving loan fund that provides loans to help create and expand businesses in the Qualla Boundary and neighboring areas.
The strategic energy committee of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians received $374,000 to create and display renewable energy projects on tribal property with the goal of raising awareness about sustainable energy.
With a grant of $172,000, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian will undertake several projects, including the Southeast Tribes Festival, hold the fifth-annual Snowbird Cherokee language camp and create a mobile filing system for museum artifacts.
And Cherokee Central Schools received $150,000 to purchase laboratory equipment and musical instruments for the middle school and for the high school’s digital media studio.
The Cherokee Preservation Foundation was created in 2000 and is funded with a portion of the profits generated by the tribes gaming activities.
Since its inception, the foundation has awarded 683 grants totaling almost $54 million.