San Manuel Band of Mission Indians: Charitable Giving

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians


Grant amount: Approximately US $5,000

Next anticipated deadline: Feb 1, 2019

Later anticipated deadlines: May 1, 2019, Aug 1, 2019

Applicant type: Nonprofit Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Counties in California: Riverside County, San Bernardino County

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

Charitable Giving

From the strength of the past, let us build a brighter future...

As an indigenous community the origins and history of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians stem from our relationship with the land and to all who share it. This has shaped our culture, traditions and present lives. Today our Serrano ancestral lands, which include most of present-day San Bernardino County, are shared by many who have not had an opportunity to learn about our deep relationship with these lands.

Since ancient times we have expressed ourselves through a culture of giving. Today, San Manuel is able to answer the call of Yawa' (Serrano word meaning "to act on one's beliefs") through partnerships with charitable organizations. We have drawn upon our history, knowledge, expertise and cultural values to direct our philanthropic giving in our local region, as well as to Native American causes nationwide.

We are proud of the positive impacts that our charitable giving has produced to date. And we look forward to opportunities that the future holds as we partner with outstanding groups that continue to make positive impacts - particularly those focused in the areas of Education, Health, Economic & Community Development and Special Projects.

To be eligible for special events support, requests or applications must be received by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians no less than 90 days before the scheduled date of the event. We require no less than 90 days to properly review and process the request or application. 

Program Areas

San Manuel’s charitable giving program supports organizations that provide services in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Applications are also accepted from Tribal Governments and Tribal nonprofit organizations throughout the United States.

Our resources are directed within four areas of program focus to benefit these communities and improve quality of life for adults, children and families. Our giving priorities include Education, Health, Economic & Community Development and Special Projects. Applications in each area are considered through the lens of demonstrated community need, and an organization’s capacity to meet that need.

Education 

Includes projects that address educational disparities and boost educational opportunities for youth. Of particular interest are early childhood education, high school graduation, and college-going rates. We provide support pre-K through high school, as well as to after-school and college/university projects.

Health 

Includes giving that supports prevention and health information projects, and direct health services for those in need. Giving is focused to improve health outcomes and address issues of particular concern locally and within Native American communities.

Economic & Community Development 

Includes projects that meet the basic needs of families, employment and housing programs, community safety/infrastructure development projects, and financial literacy programs.

Special Projects 

In addition to Education, Health and Economic Development, San Manuel also supports Special Project requests. These include the arts, cultural awareness, nonprofit capacity building, environment initiatives, and disaster response projects – particularly those that address local issues and those focused within Native American communities.

Grant Sizes

Your request should fit proportionally within your project budget and your organization’s overall budget. Please keep in mind that large grants constitute a small percentage of our grantmaking, and applications for the majority or total cost of a project are rarely considered. First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to apply using our application for $5,000 and below.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Our support is directed to organizations that provide Educational, Health, Economic & Community Development or Special Project services in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, and to Tribal Governments and Tribal nonprofit organizations throughout the United States.
  • Funding of direct services is the largest share of the giving program.
  • Applicant Eligibility:
    • Organizations with current tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code.
    • Organizations must be able to demonstrate three years of continuous service as a 501(c)(3) organization from the effective date of exemption.
    • In addition, an applicant must demonstrate at least three years of strong financial capacity and performance to be considered for funding.
  • The following organizations are eligible to apply:
    • Tribal Governments and government entities exclusive for public purposes.
    • K-12 schools/districts, colleges and universities. One request per school will be considered per 12-month period. In addition, a letter must be signed and submitted by the school’s principal supporting the request for funding.
    • Religious organizations that have received a 501(c)(3) designation, seeking funding for projects outlined in our Program Areas of Education, Health, Economic & Community Development and Special Projects. Religious organizations seeking funding for religious purposes are ineligible to apply.
  • Additionally:
    • Organizations are only eligible to apply once per 12-month period.
    • To be eligible for special event support, your application must be completed and submitted 90 days before all event-related deadlines - including printing or sponsor logo deadlines. Event support is limited to organizations that operate programs within our areas of interest.

Ineligibility:

  • At this time, the charitable giving program does not support:
    • Individuals for any purpose (e.g. scholarships, hardship assistance, field trips).
    • Programs delivering services to the general population outside San Bernardino and Riverside Counties (Tribal Government requests excepted).
    • Organizations that spend more than 25 percent of their operating budget on administrative overhead and fundraising costs.
    • National organizations that do not deliver services in our geographic area (national Tribal organizations requests excepted). Organizations seeking sponsorships that do not have a current tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code.
    • Third party funding/funding for redistribution to other groups.
    • Religious organizations seeking funding for religious purposes. Religious organizations that have received 501(c)(3) designation, seeking funding for projects outlined in our Program Areas of Education, Health, Economic & Community Development, and Special Projects are eligible to apply.
    • Booster Clubs. Clubs are encouraged to work directly with school principals on school application.
    • Beauty pageants.
  • While requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, please note that requests are generally not approved to fund the majority or total cost of a project budget.