Community Awards Program

Appendix X (Section 14) of the Gaming Compact between the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe and the State of Washington describe specific funds that are available to award to charitable, non-profit, and tribal community programs on a biannual basis. The Community Awards Program facilitates the review of applicants and the distribution of these funds.


To qualify for a PGST Community Award, a group or organization must fall into at least one of these classifications:

  • A 501(c)3 private not-for-profit organization,
  • Charitable group or organization, and/or
  • A Tribal government program that has an impact on the community. A signature from a Department Director is required on the application.

Please note:

  • Applications from any 501(c)3 organization must include a copy of the group’s 501(c)3 certification. Failure to submit the certification will result in rejection of the application.
  • A current financial statement is required for all applications. Incomplete application will be rejected.
  • All charitable groups must provide proof of their non-profit status.


Award Requests

Award requests can be made for any amount up to $2,500.

Further Considerations

The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribal Council has further prioritized the granting to those applicants with projects that fall under one or more of the following categories:

  • Youth education
  • Youth prevention and/or recreation
  • Activities for Elders/senior citizens
  • Food and nutrition
  • Wellness, including related to physical and/or mental health
  • Family-oriented community events
  • Family strengthening projects
  • Environmental preservation and/or restoration
  • Community planning
  • Art/cultural projects or events
  • Local history
  • Veterans’ assistance and/or support

Project applicants are not limited to these categories and are encouraged to submit regardless of a project’s focus.


Applications for Community Organizations (programs not connected to the Tribe and/or a Tribal department) are due March 31 and September 30. Awards in this category are announced and distributed biannually.

Applications for PGST Community Programs are due on January 1 and July 1. Awards in this category are announced and distributed biannually.

Projects are awarded within 60 days of the application deadline.

Submit applications via email, fax, or mail per instructions on application.

A performance report covering the use of funds must be submitted to the Tribe within one (1) year of award date.