The Warm Springs plans to reclaim a 125-year-old building thanks to a $50,000 “Hometown Grant” from T-Mobile.
Warm Springs will use the funding to reclaim the former Bureau of Indian Affairs Commissary Building, with plans to transform the space into a sustainable, co-working space. It’s the oldest building in town and the community is not done with it.
“That building, the bones in it are really, really solid, and we’re going to rebuild that,” said Starla Green, general manager of the Warm Springs Commissary Project. “Our people are going to be rebuilt, at least business wise, and economic development.”
The upgraded space will have retail, food cars, outdoor pavilion and community gathering spaces.
Warm Springs is one of 25 receiving grant money from T-Mobile out of 500 applicants.
Below is the full press release:
Today, T-Mobile announces Warm Springs as one of its latest 25 Hometown Grant recipients. The $50,000 grant will create the Warm Springs Commissary, reclaiming a 125-year-old former Bureau of Indian Affairs commissary building and turning it into a sustainably built co-working space with retail (barber shop, café, art store), food carts, outdoor pavilion and community gathering spaces supporting 40 aspiring or current tribal small businesses. The project was submitted by the Warm Springs Community Action Team.
Launched in April 2021, T-Mobile Hometown Grants is a $25 million, five-year initiative to support the people and organizations who help small towns across America thrive and grow by providing funding to kickstart vital community development projects. Since the program’s start, T-Mobile has given over 10 million dollars to 225 communities across 42 states.
Beyond Hometown Grants, T-Mobile is helping small town America thrive through initiatives like Project 10Million, which offers free internet connectivity to eligible students to help close the digital divide in education and T-Mobile 5G Home Internet, which gives millions of Americans access to more affordable home broadband.