History of Grants

Grants Awarded in 2015-2016

The Pokagon Fund’s mission is to enhance the lives of the people of the New Buffalo region as well as Dowagiac and Hartford, Michgian and South Bend, Indiana through monetary support of local governments, non-profits, charities and other organizations.  A full 90% of the grants awarded by The Pokagon Fund are for projects affecting the residents of Harbor Country®. Ten percent of the foundation’s grant funding is awarded to projects benefiting surrounding tribal land consolidation sites. 


American Legion Auxiliary Christmas  Celebrations  $1,000
American Red Cross of Berrien County Team Firestoppers  $10,000
Animal Lovers Inc.  Spay/Neuter Assistance  $2,500                 
Berrien County Blanket Brigade  Blanket Brigade 2015  $1,000
Chikaming Township  Carl Sandburg Marker  $5,195            
Chikaming Township  AED Replacement  $1,988            
Chikaming Township  Chikaming Recycling Station  $31,800            
Chikaming Township  Storage Shed  $8,876     
The Children's Assessment Center  Children's Assessment Center 2015  $10,000
City of New Buffalo  DDA - For the Love of New Buffalo  $13,253
City of New Buffalo  Water Rescue Equipment  $9,926        
City of New Buffalo  Engineering - SRTS Grant Award  $99,800        
Community Action Agency  Unsolicited Support for Emergency Utility Assistance  $10,000
The Conservation Fund  Watershed Planning  $50,000    
Dental Lifeline Network  Donated Dental Service Program  $4,000    
Department of Health and Human Services of Berrien County  Operation Good Cheer  $2,500
Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank  Mobile Food Pantries  $15,000
Harbor Arts, Inc.  Wild Animal Adventure  $6,000            
Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce  Marketing Harbor Country  $40,000
Harbor Country Communities For a Lifetime  Filing Fees  $400        
Harbor Country Opera  Harbor Country Opera 2015  $10,000
Harbor Country Public Arts Initiative  NB Riverfront Sculpture Park  $10,000
Harbor Country Public Arts Initiative  Three Oaks Sculpture Park  $9,420
Harbor Country Rotary Club  Holiday Food Baskets 2014 and Winter Wear  $2,500
Harbor Country Summer Day Camp Committee  Harbor Country Day Camp  $122,287
Fischoff National Chamber Music Association  The Best Story  $9,000
Friends of Harbor Country Trails  Project Manager Hike and Bike 2015  $98,900
Harbor Lights TV Production  Harbor Lights TV (HLTV)  $10,000        
Kaleidoscope Pre-School and Childcare Center  Kaleidoscope Center  $5,000
League of Women Voters BCC  Video Recording Equipment  $2,000    
Mr./Miss New Buffalo Committee  Miss/Mr. New Buffalo Scholarship  $2,000
New Buffalo Business and Community Association  Harvest & Wine Fest  $1,109
New Buffalo Business and Community Association  Independence Day Fireworks  $8,000
New Buffalo Business and Community Association  City/Township Egg Hunt  $1,800
New Buffalo Business and Community Association  Music for 4th of July  $10,000
New Buffalo Business and Community Association  ARTigras Art Festival  $3,500
New Buffalo Arts Council  2015-16 Performance Season  $10,000
New Buffalo Railroad Museum  Capacity Building  $10,000    
New Buffalo Area Schools  Bus Trips 2014-15  $10,000
New Buffalo Sports, Inc.  Uniforms and Equipment  $10,000    
New Buffalo Township  Water Rescue Equipment  $9,691    
New Buffalo Township  Water Booster Station  $50,000    
New Buffalo Township  Unused Funds from Maudlin Road  $113,600    
New Buffalo Township  Township Hall Renovations  $2,000,000        
New Buffalo Township Public Library  Dedication of Pokagon Room  $2,800
NightBlue Performing Arts Company  NightBlue Summer Theater Festival  $10,000
Radio Harbor Country  WRHZ Sawyer - New Transmission  $10,000        
The Region of Three Oaks Museum  Replacement of Obsolete Copier  $2,959
The Region of Three Oaks Museum  Black Ash Basket Making Event  $3,800    
River Valley School District  Bus Trips 2014-15  $8,833
River Valley School District  Post Prom 2015  $3,500    
River Valley School District   Robotics Summer Day Camp  $3,700    
River Valley Senior Center, Inc.  Unsolicited Capacity Building - Fundraising $5,000
River Valley Senior Center, Inc.  RVSC Turnaround Phase I  $10,000
RiverBend Cancer Services  Living Well with Cancer Series  $1,500    
School of American Music  Three Oaks Arts & Education Center  $10,000        
Senior Nutrition Services Region IV, Inc.  Senior Lunch and Company  $9,000    
Southold Dance Theater  Harbor Country Nutcracker 2014  $10,000        
Southwest Michigan Planning Commission  New Buffalo - Trail Town  $8,890
St. Mary of the Lake School  Library/Media Development  $15,000
St. Mary of the Lake School  Bus Trips 2014-15  $4,937
TEAM New Buffalo  TEAM New Buffalo Startup  $850        
Three Oaks Flag Day Committee  Three Oaks Flag Day Festival  $3,000
Three Oaks Theater Festival  2015 Theater Festival  $10,000
Three Oaks Township  Wurst Festival in Michigan 2014  $1,000
Three Oaks Township  Observation Platform and Trail  $54,000    
Three Oaks Township  Fire Hose Replacement  $7,500            
Toys for Tots  Toys for Tots 2014  $9,000            
Village of Three Oaks  Village Hall Furnishings  $18,000        
Village of Three Oaks  Carver Park Improvements  $120,000


Grand total given/pledged for high school scholarships in 2015: $60,000

Evan Rieth  Albion College
Caleb Brown University of Michigan
Kristen Dohner  Southwestern Michigan College
Sara Gropp  Southwestern Michigan College
Amelia Schroeder  Hope College
Bailey Harrington  Ferris State University
Viktorija Ukelis  Grand Valley State University


Grand total given/pledged for adult scholarships in 2015: $40,000

John Balich Michigan State University
Kylie Maak  Lake Michigan College
Chris Dohner  Ivy Tech Corporate College
Amber Beck  Lake Michigan College
John Aurenz  Sienna Heights University
Kristen Standifer  Ferris State University
Jourdan Thompson  Western Michigan University


Ten percent of The Pokagon Fund’s annual income is awarded to programs in the areas where there is a Pokagon Band land trust consolidation site. These areas include Dowagiac and Hartford, Michigan, and South Bend, Indiana. Two members of the Pokagon Band’s Tribal Council serve on The Pokagon Fund Board of Directors and make the determination of funding for these worthwhile projects.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Berrien & Cass, Inc.  Expanding Services $4,000
Boys and Girls Club of St. Joseph County, Inc.  Wellness for Children  $10,000
Catholic Charities Fort Wayne South Bend  ECHO (Education Creates Hope and Opportunity)  $5,000                        
Center for the Homeless  Veterans Services Program  $2,000    
City of Dowagiac  Second Floor Renovation (Dowagiac History Museum)  $2,500
City of Hartford  2015 Concerts in the Park  $1,000        
City of Hartford  Acquisition of AED for Hartford Police Department  $2,500    
Dowagiac Celebration Graduation  Celebration Graduation  $4,000    
Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce  Under the Harvest Moon 2014  $1,000    
Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce  Dowagiac Scholarship Pageant 2015  $2,000
Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce  2015 Dowagiac Ice Time Festival  $2,000
Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce  2015 Dowagiac Summer in the City  $500
Dowagiac Downtown Development Authority  Dowagiac Farm and Artisan Market  $2,886
Dowagiac Union Schools  Heart AED Kits  $1,425                
Dowagiac Union Schools  Alternative/Adult Education  $2,800        
Downtown South Bend, Inc.  Art Beat 2015 $1,500            
Family and Children's Center, Inc.  Positive Parenting Resources  $8,000
Green Bridge Growers  Greenhouse Commercialization  $1,000    
Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County  Homes of Hope 2015  $7,000
Hartford Fire Department  Explorer Upgrade  $7,886        
Hartford Fire Department  Computers for Apparatus  $1,000        
Hartford Pageant Organization  Scholarship Pageants  $1,000        
Hartford Public Schools  Enhance the Experience  $3,182
Hartford Public Schools  TAPP Chromebooks Grant  $3,000        
Hartford Public Schools  2015 After Prom Party  $4,000
Hartford Public Schools  Hartford Soccer Grant  $7,000    
Hartford Public Schools  Girls Basketball Program  $700
Indiana University South Bend  Navari Student Outreach Clinic  $5,000
Keith Giden Community Outreach, Inc.  Life Pantry  $3,400        
La Casa de Amistad  Adelante (Forward)  $4,000        
La Casa de Amistad  La Casa Summer Youth Program  $6,500
Logan Community Resources, Inc.  Protective Services Laptops  $9,720
Neighborhood Resources Connection  Customized NLA Training  $3,000
River Park Food Pantry  Food Pantry Support  $5,000    
Senior Nutrition Services Region IV, Inc.  No Senior Hungry in Hartford  $5,000    
South Bend Museum of Art  American Series Exhibition  $5,000
Stone Soup Community  Stay Connected Program  $1,000
Therapeutic Equestrian Center  Barn Roof Repairs  $1,000
United Religious Community of St. Joseph County, Inc.  Housing Stability  $5,000
United Way of Southwest Michigan School  Supply Spectacular  $7,600
Unity Gardens  Market Expansion  $10,000         
The Upper Room Recovery Community, Inc.  Rental Assistance Scholarship  $7,500
YMCA of Michiana, Inc.  BASE Cooper Center Project  $3,000
YWCA of North Central Indiana  Economic Empowerment for Victims  $10,000

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