Per a press release issued October 29th, the Gun Lake Tribe announced it will be making $500,000 in donations to local schools and the Allegan County government to assist in mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic, including school safety efforts and establishing a county mobile vaccination unit. The donations comprise a portion of the funding the Tribe received from the federal CARES Act and come out of its Coronavirus Relief Fund. 

"We are happy to provide our friends and neighbors with additional funding during these very difficult times," said Tribal Council Chairman Bob Peters. "The mobile vaccination unit will play an important role in getting our community back to normal, but in the meantime helping to keep our local schoolteachers and students safe is the next best thing."

The Tribal Council allocated the $500,000 of CARES Act funds by providing Allegan County with $225,000 to purchase a mobile vaccination unit that will provide area residents with a COVID-19 vaccine once one is available.  The remainder of the funds will be distributed in $25,000 grants to each of  eleven local school districts.  The school districts can use the funds to expand broadband capacity, hire new teachers, develop online curriculum, acquire computers and digital devices, and install ventilation and air filtration equipment.

"The donation of the Mobile Clinic serves as another example of the support the Gun Lake Tribe provides for the overall Allegan County community. The Mobile Clinic will be an instrumental tool to help bring various public health services closer to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic and long after," said Robert J. Sarro, Allegan County Administrator.

"Allegan County school districts, like all districts nationwide, are being faced with unprecedented situations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The generosity of the Gun Lake Tribe will help ease the financial burden associated with remote learning, PPE, and sanitation procedures. We sincerely thank the Gun Lake Tribe for their unwavering support," said William Brown, Superintendent of Allegan Area Educational Service Agency.

Gun Lake Tribe CARES Act money will be distributed as follows:

  • Allegan County Mobile Vaccination Unit - $225,000
  • Allegan AESA - $25,000
  • Allegan Public Schools - $25,000
  • Fennville Public Schools - $25,000
  • Glenn Public School - $25,000
  • Hamilton Public Schools - $25,000
  • Hopkins Public Schools - $25,000
  • Martin Public Schools - $25,000
  • Otsego Public Schools - $25,000
  • Plainwell Community Schools - $25,000
  • Saugatuck Public Schools - $25,000
  • Wayland Union Schools - $25,000

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